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Football Battles ULM in Friday Night Matchup

RV/RV BAYLOR (2-0) at NR/RV ULM (1-1)
Sept. 21, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Monroe, La. | Malone Stadium (30,427)

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Date Fri., Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Monroe, La. | Malone Stadium (30,427)
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Series Never Met
In Waco Never Met
In Monroe
Never Met
Neutral Never Met
First Meeting Never Met
Last Meeting Never Met
Record 2-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking RV (AP), RV (Coaches),
Last Game Sept. 15. 2012 (def. SHSU, 48-23)
Head Coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
Career: 61-53 (10th season)
BU Record: 27-25 (5th season)
Record 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Ranking NR (AP), RV (Coaches)
Last Game Sept. 15, 2012 (lost at Auburn, 31-28 [ot])
Head Coach Todd Berry (Tulsa, 1983)
Career: 39-75 (11th season)
ULM Record: 10-16 (3rd season)

Baylor enters the weekend with an eight-game winning streak, the second-longest active national streak among FBS schools (TCU 10). By winning their last six games of last season, the Bears boasted the longest streak by a BCS AQ school to end the 2011 season (TCU was in MWC during 2011).

When Baylor takes on Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, it will be the 15th time the Bears have faced a Sun Belt Conference team. BU enters the game with a 13-1 all-time mark against the Sun Belt, with the lone loss coming at North Texas on Sept. 6, 2003. Of the 14 all-time meetings with Sun Belt teams, 13 of them are against North Texas and the other came in a win over Arkansas State on Sept. 8, 2001.

In one-plus years under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in all 15 games - a total of 36 takeaways (21 interceptions, 15 fumbles recovered). 25 of those 36 takeaways have come over the last 7 games, an average of more than 3.5 per game (Baylor is 7-0 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 10-0 when recording 2 or more takeaways.

In his second straight start of the post-RG3 era, Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for more than 300 yards. In both games, Florence has surpassed the 300-yard mark in the first three quarters of play. Against Sam Houston State, Florence led the offense to 544 yards and 48 points, accounting for 392 yards of offense with 312 yards passing with 3 TDs and 80 yards rushing. In the season opener, Florence put up huge numbers, going 21-for-30 for 341 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Through two games, he is currently ranked second in the Big 12 in passing yards (326.5 ypg) and total offense (378.5 ypg). Florence is no stranger to replacing Griffin III, starting seven games in 2009 when Griffin was injured and then replacing an injured RG3 in the second half against Texas Tech last season to lead Baylor to a 66-42 win.

After setting 101 offensive school records in 2011, Baylor's offensive juggernaut picked up where it left off to start 2012 under head coach Art Briles and offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery. The Bears rank sixth nationally in scoring offense at 53.5 points per game, eighth in total offense at 578.5 yards per game ,ninth in passing offense at 352.5 yards per game and 14th in passing efficiency at 170.6. Comparatively, in 2011, BU quarterbacks posted a nation-leading 191.2 pass efficiency rating and the nation's second best total offense at 587.1 yards per game, while averaging a fourth-ranked 45.3 points per game.

Baylor's 2012 roster boasts five former high school All-Americans. Senior receiver Darryl Stonum (a transfer from Michigan) was a 2007 Under Armour All-American rated the No. 41 overall recruit nationally by Junior linebacker Prince Kent was a 2009 Under Armour All-American and rated 52nd on the 2008 ESPNU Top 150. Junior nickelback Ahmad Dixon was a 2010 Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American and rated 15th overall nationally in the 2009 ESPN Top 150. Sophomore running back Lache Seastrunk was a 2010 U.S. Army All-American and USA Today All-USA honoree and rated No. 2 overall by and No. 4 overall by Sporting News. True freshman defensive lineman Javonte Magee was a 2011 SuperPrep All-American and U.S. Army All-American and rated 18th overall nationally by (No. 65 by and No. 69 by Athlon).

• Baylor's eight-game win streak is also the third-longest in school history.
• Baylor has scored 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, tied for fourth-longest active streak nationally.
• The Bears have also scored over 40 points in six consecutive games, including three with 59+ points.
• Baylor has posted more than 500 yards of offense in eight consecutive games.
• QB Nick Florence ranks second in the Big 12 in both passing yards (326.5 ypg) and total offense (378.5 ypg).
• Baylor ranks first in the Big 12 and third nationally in turnover margin with a +2.5-per-game differential.
• Since Phil Bennett became defensive coordinator, Baylor is 10-0 when recording 2 or more takeaways.
• Baylor has forced at least two turnovers in seven straight games, and at least three in six of seven.
• Baylor has forced a turnover in 15 consecutive games (all 15 games since Bennett's arrival).
• LB Bryce Hager ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally in tackles; 12.0 per game.
• Baylor's 2012 schedule is currently ranked second-toughest by NCAA (behind Big 12 foe Oklahoma State).
• WR Terrance Williams ranks third nationally and second in the Big 12 with 134.5 receiving ypg.

• Baylor's defense leads the Big 12 with an average of 2.5 interceptions per game.
• After recording zero sacks in the season opener, Baylor notched three against Sam Houston State.
• Baylor is tied for third in the Big 12 in red zone offense, scoring on 10-of-11 opportunities (8 TDs, 2 FGs).
• Baylor's offense has averaged at least 6.0 yards-per-play in each of the last 8 games (6.8 ypp vs SHSU).
• QB Nick Florence is tied for the Big 12 lead with two 300-yard passing efforts this season.
• WR Terrance Williams is tied for the Big 12 lead with two 100-yard receiving games this season.
• Williams surpassed 3,000 career all-purpose yards (11 rush, 1,771 rec., 162 PR, 1,180 KR) vs. SHSU.
• RB Jarred Salubi eclipsed the 1,000-yard career rushing plateau with 83 yards against SHSU.
• IR Tevin Reese notched his 100th-career reception against Sam Houston State.
• Baylor outscored Sam Houston State 38-3 in the second half of last weekend's game.
Spencer Roth leads Big 12 in punting at 54 yards-per-punt and has the league's longest punt of 65 yards.
• Baylor is 19-20 in televised games in the Briles era.
• Nine of the 10 Big 12 teams are ranked or receiving votes in both national polls (AP, Coaches).
• Baylor's nine straight home wins also ties a Floyd Casey Stadium all-time record.
• Baylor's Big 12 opener at West Virginia on Sept. 29 will be televised nationally on FX at 11:05 a.m. CT.



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