|20/19 BAYLOR (2-0) vs. NR/NR ULM (2-1)
Sept. 21, 2013 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX Sports 1
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Baylor plays its final non-conference game of the season by hosting ULM on Saturday at 3 p.m. on FS1.
Baylor currently owns a 6-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma.
Baylor has won 10 straight non-conference games, the last loss was in the 2010 Texas Bowl vs. Illinois. The Bears are 15-3 vs. non-Big 12 opponents over the last 5 seasons (13-2 excluding bowl games).
Baylor leads the country in total offense, averaging 736.5 yards per game. In two games this season, BU has notched the 4th-most vs. Wofford (692) and the most yards in program history vs. Buffalo (781).
Baylor is second in the country in total defense, surrendering only 8.0 points per game. BU has not allowed a touchdown after halftime this season.
Baylor is playing its 64th and final season at historic Floyd Casey Stadium. BU moves to the $260 million riverfront Baylor Stadium in 2014.
Baylor moved up to No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll, after its off week. The Bears have now been ranked in 4 straight seasons for the 1st time since being ranked in 5 straight years in 1953-57.
Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 29 straight games and is averaging 590.9 per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
Baylor's offense has topped 600 yards in 4 of the last 5 games (5-0 in that span).
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 8 of its last 9 games (Baylor's record is 7-2 in that span). BU is 17-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
Baylor's defense has tallied 14 sacks over its last 3 games (2 vs. Buffalo, 6 against Wofford and 6 in Holiday Bowl win over UCLA). BU is 18-4 over the past 3+ years when having 2 or more sacks in a game.
Baylor has won 5 straight at home and has not lost at "The Case" since Oct. 13, 2012, vs. TCU.
In home games, Baylor is 14-1 since 2011, 18-3 over the last 3+ seasons and 24-10 in the Art Briles era.
Baylor leads the country in scoring offense with 69.5 points per game. The Bears have set a Floyd Casey Stadium record for points in each of the first 2 games with 69 vs. Wofford and 70 vs. Buffalo.
Baylor has scored 30+ points in 20 of its last 22 games and 40+ points in 16 of those contests.
Baylor leads the country in tackles for loss with 13.0 per game.
Baylor leads the country in team passing efficiency with a 253.38 rating.
Baylor has scored in the 1st quarter in 18 of its last 19 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
Baylor has scored in all 8 quarters this season and has now scored in 32 of its last 33 quarters played.
Baylor is 14-4 in September games under Briles.
Baylor is 1-0 all-time vs. ULM and 1-0 vs. the Warhawks under Briles. BU is 9-0 vs. Sun Belt schools.
Baylor is 3rd in the country in passing offense, averaging 431.5 yards per game through the air.
Baylor has converted 14 of 23 (61%) of 3rd downs this year. That mark is 9th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Baylor is 3rd in the country and 1st in the Big 12 by averaging 20.55 yards per completion this season.
Baylor's rushing offense (305 ypg.) is 8th-best in the NCAA and 1st in the Big 12.
Baylor has outscored its opponent 94-13 in the first half of its two games this season.
Baylor has completed 8 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 6 for TDs.
Baylor's combined 139 points scored in the first 2 games are the most over any 2-game stretch in school history and more points than BU scored in the entire seasons of 1946, `47, `57, `59, `67, `69-'71, and `97.
Baylor has now scored in 76 straight games, the 2nd longest streak in school history (89, 1979-87).
Baylor's game will be nationally televised for the 27th time in the last 28 games and the 20th straight.
QB Bryce Petty leads the country with a passing efficiency rating of 249.5. He is also 12th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 with 325.0 passing yards per game. He leads the NCAA with 20.31 yards per completion. In each of his two starts this season, Petty has thrown for at least 300 yards and two TDs.
Baylor is 1 of only 2 schools in the country with 2 receivers in the top 20 for receiving yards per game. Senior Tevin Reese is 12th in the FBS and leads the Big 12 with 113.5 per contest, while junior Antwan Goodley is 20th and 2nd in the conference with 107.0 per game.
Reese ranks 7th in receptions (158), 5th in yards (2,462) and 5th in TDs (18) in BU history. He had 5 catches for 97 yards and 1 TD in week 1 and then had 4 catches for 130 yards and a TD vs. Buffalo.
Reese, a Biletnikoff watch list member, has scored 16 of his 18 career TD receptions from 40+ yards. He averages 51.9 yards per career TD reception.
Goodley tied a career-high with 5 catches and had 90 receiving yards against the Terriers, while racking up 124 yards on 4 receptions with a TD against Buffalo.
RB Lache Seastrunk is 13th nationally and 1st in the Big 12 with 130.5 rushing yards per game. He is also second in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in scoring with 15.0 points per game.
Seastrunk has rushed for 100+ yards in a school-record 6 straight contests & is averaging 9.17 yards per carry in that stretch (98 rushes for 899 yards). He had 111 yards and 2 TDs vs. Wofford and 17 carries for 150 yards and 3 TDs against Buffalo.
RB Glasco Martin had 15 rushing TDs in 2012, the 2nd-most in BU history. He has 19 for his career, which is tied for 7th all-time at BU.
PK Aaron Jones is 18-for-18 on PATs to start the year. He is BU's all-time leader in scoring with 348 points and career leader in FG made (46).
Jones currently leads the nation among active players with 125 consecutive PATs converted. That is a school record with Jones not having missed a PAT since Nov. 5, 2011. He has 210 career PATs made and is only 43 from breaking the NCAA all-time record (Art Carmody, Louisville, 253).
WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 16 consecutive games.
DE Shawn Oakman leads the country with 2.8 TFLs per game.
DE Chris McAllister sparked BU's defense early vs. Wofford returning an interception 25 yards for a TD. He also had 4 tackles and a sack in the game, after leading the Bears with 6 sacks a year ago. Against Buffalo, McAllister produced 5 tackles and 1.0 TFL. He tied for ninth on the Baylor career sacks list with 9.5.
LB Bryce Hager had a 91-yard fumble return TD in the 2nd quarter vs. Buffalo, the 2nd-longest fumble return in program history. Last season, Hager led the Big 12 in tackles (9.5 per game). His father, Britt, is former Texas All-American and Philadelphia Eagle.
NB Sam Holl is 10th in the country and leads the Big 12 with 1.3 sacks per game. Holl is also 9th in the NCAA with 2.0 TFLs per game. That mark is second in the Big 12.
Over the last 2-plus seasons, CB Joe Williams has 26 PBUs; the rest of the defense has a combined 37.
S Ahmad Dixon transitioned back to his original position, after serving as a nickelback in 2012 and had 8 tackles and 1.0 TFL vs. Wofford. The Thorpe Award candidate posted five tackles and one blocked PAT against Buffalo.
DE Terrance Lloyd picked up a sack vs. Buffalo and is now only .5 sacks away from cracking BU's top 10 list with 8.5.
CB Aiavion Edwards is 20th in the country and 3rd in the Big 12 with 1.8 TFLs per game.
DE Jamal Palmer filled up the stat sheet vs. Wofford with 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.
BRILES' SYSTEM IS AMERICA'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor leads the country in total offense (736.5 yyp.), scoring offense (69.5 ppg.) and passing efficiency (253.38). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (3rd, 431.5) and rushing offense (8th, 305.0). Baylor's offensive machine has ranked among the nation's top two offenses in each of the past three seasons, the only school to achieve the feat.
BAYLOR SCORING AT LIGHTNING PACE
The Bears have scored 16 of their 17 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including seven in under one minute. BU is averaging five plays per TD drive in 2013 with an average length of 64 yards and an average time of 1:11. Baylor's lone touchdown drive over two minutes was seven seconds over at 2:07.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first two games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 99 rushes on the season and only 53 passes. Baylor is the nation's only team to rank among the Top 25 in both rushing and passing in each of the last four years.
400 YARDS - COMMONPLACE FOR BAYLOR OFFENSE
Baylor has racked up over 400 yards of offense in 29 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak and 14 more than the next closest school (Texas A&M, 15). The last time BU failed to reach the 400-yard plateau was Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Oklahoma (361). Under Briles, Baylor has had more than 400 yards of offense in 45 of 65 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 28 games with over 400 yards of total offense, which is tied with Oklahoma State for the most in the country in that time period.
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTING D
Baylor's defense ranks first nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 13.0 per game, while individually Shawn Oakman leads the country with 2.8 TFLs per game. The Bears have totaled 26 stops behind the line of scrimmage for 66 yards in total losses - including eight sacks for -32 yards, which ranks third nationally and tops in the Big 12 Conference. Sam Holl leads the squad with 2.5 sacks through two games.
Baylor's defense under coordinator Phil Bennett has demonstrated a knack for making big plays at key moments to contribute to the Bears winning ways over the past three seasons. In two-plus years under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in 18 of 23 games - a total of 44 takeaways (24 interceptions, 20 fumbles recovered). Thirty-three of those 44 takeaways have come over the last 15 games, an average 2.2 per game (Baylor is 12-2 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 17-2 when recording two or more takeaways.
STARTING OFFENSE NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE
Quarterback Bryce Petty and Baylor's starting offense have only played three total series after halftime through the first two games (played two drives vs. Wofford and one vs. Buffalo). In total, the starting offense has had 17 drives that have resulted in 14 touchdowns, 1 field goal and 2 fumbles (one End Of Half and 2 defensive TDs not included). The average offensive scoring drive has been 1:16.
PETTY EFFICIENT IN FIRST TWO STARTS
In his first two starts, Bryce Petty (Midlothian, Texas) has made the transition to starter very effectively. Against Wofford, he threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 24 passing. He then completed 13 of 16 passes for 338 yards and two TDs against Buffalo. For that performance, Petty earned a rating of 99.7 out of a 100 in ESPN's Total QBR system. That is the highest single-game performance for any QB this season. Petty also owns the season lead in the ratings system at 98.3. Petty served as the backup to Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence the past two seasons. The junior had thrown just 14 passes in 11 career games played entering 2013, but has been through three seasons and four spring drills at Baylor since signing in 2009 and enrolling in January 2010. BU was one of just seven FBS programs that entered 2013 with no QB on its roster who has started a game. Petty was tabbed as a preseason All-Big 12 first-team performer by Phil Steele.