|17/19 Baylor (2-0) vs. Rice (1-1)
Sept. 24, 2011 | 6 p.m. CDT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
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No. 17/19 Baylor (2-0) seeks its first 3-0 start since 2005 when it hosts old Southwest Conference rival Rice (1-1) in its final non-conference game at Floyd Casey Stadium. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.
Saturday will mark just the third series meeting since the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1996. Winners of five straight against Rice, Baylor leads the series, 46-30-2.
Baylor is ranked in both the latest AP and USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 polls for the second straight week. Baylor is 2-1 as a ranked team in the Art Briles era.
Heisman Trophy candidate QB Robert Griffin III has completed 83.7 percent of his passes (41-of-49) this season and has thrown as many touchdowns (eight) as incomplete passes (eight) in two games.
RG3, the Baylor career leader in TD responsibility, is tied for the national lead in points responsible for per-game with Michigan's Denard Robinson, Boise State's Kellen Moore and Texas Tech's Seth Doege.
IR Kendall Wright, who has a catch in all 39 career games, is Baylor's all-time leader in both career receptions (214) and career receiving yards (2,653). He also owns a share of the Baylor career receiving touchdowns mark with 19.
Wright's streak of 39 consecutive games with a catch is the third-longest streak in the nation among active FBS players.
In 30 career games, RG3 has accounted for 53 plays of 30+ yards, including 29 for touchdowns (25 pass, four run). In addition, Griffin III has tossed 17 passes of 50+ yards with 10 going for touchdowns, and 31 passes of 40+ yards (16 TDs).
BEARS END LONG SHUTOUT STREAK
With a 48-0 win Sept. 17 over Stephen F. Austin, Baylor held an opponent scoreless for the first time since Sept. 23, 1995, when it defeated N.C. State, 14-0, in Raleigh, N.C. Not only was it Baylor's first shutout of the Big 12 era, it also snapped a streak of 182 consecutive games without holding an opponent scoreless.
Baylor held an opponent scoreless at home for the first time since Oct. 26, 1985, when the 13th-ranked Bears defeated TCU, 45-0, on Homecoming. It snapped a streak of 147 consecutive home games without holding an opponent scoreless.
In Baylor's lightning-shortened 48-0 win Sept. 17 over Stephen F. Austin, six different players scored an offensive touchdown, the most by a Baylor team since Nov. 24, 2001, when six different Bears scored an offensive TD against Southern Illinois.
Through two games, eight different Bears have scored an offensive touchdown -- Kendall Wright, Terrance Ganaway, Lanear Sampson, Terrance Williams, Glasco Martin, Jerod Monk, Jordan Najvar and Jarred Salubi.
Saturday's showdown between former Southwest Conference rivals will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. Joel Meyers (play-byplay), Gary Reasons (analyst) and Jim Knox (sideline reporter) will serve as the talent for the telecast.
INSTANT OFFENSE IN TWO MINUTES (OR LESS)
Baylor, which is averaging 49.0 points of scoring offense through two games, is averaging just over two minutes (2:01) time of possession on 16 scoring drives.
Seven of Baylor's 16 scoring drives have taken less than two minutes, including three scoring drives of less than 60 seconds. Only two Baylor scoring drives have taken more than three minutes -- both resulted in Aaron Jones field goals.
RG3 PUTTING UP PLAYSTATION NUMBERS
Through two games, Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III is 41 of 49 passing, completing a Big 12-leading 83.7 percent of his passes. Griffin III, the Baylor career leader in pass efficiency, leads the nation with a 244.52 pass efficiency.
Griffin III has thrown as many touchdowns (eight) as incomplete passes (eight) this season. RG3 has thrown 109 consecutive attempts without an interception. He began his college career with an NCAA-record 209 consecutive attempts without throwing an INT.
QB Robert Griffin III set his 40th school record, when he completed 90.9 percent of his passes (minimum 20 attempts) -- completing 20-of-22 passes -- in a 48-0 lightning-shortened win Sept. 17 vs. Stephen F. Austin. RG3, the school record holder for career completion percentage, has completed 65.6 percent of his career passes, tying former Texas Tech QB Seth Cumbie for eighth on the Big 12 career list.
RG3'S HEISMAN CAMPAIGN
Prior to the Sept. 2 season opener, Baylor Athletics, in conjunction with CBS Interactive, launched BU-RG3.com, an informative and interactive site to promote Baylor's Heisman Trophy candidate, Robert Griffin III. Baylor also launched the "RG3 for Heisman" Facebook page.