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Football Looks to Rebound Against Rice




       vs.   
Baylor (2-1) at Rice (1-2)
Sept. 25, 2010 | 7 p.m. CDT
Houston, Texas
| Rice Stadium (47,000)
TV: CBS College Sports

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MEDIA INFORMATION
Radio:
Baylor/ISP Sports Network (ESPN/KRZI 1660AM Waco; Sirius/FamilyNet Radio Ch. 161) | list of complete affiliates
Talent: John Morris (pxp), J.J. Joe (analyst), Ricky Thompson (sideline)
Internet Audio: BaylorBears.com
Television: CBS College Sports (TV Listings)
Talent: Dave Ryan (pxp), Aaron Taylor (analyst)
Internet Video: None
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com

SERIES
Baylor leads 45-30-2
    Waco:
Baylor leads 20-10
    Houston: Baylor leads 25-20-2
    Neutral: never met
    First Meeting: Rice won, 14-13 [Nov. 20, 1914]
    Last Meeting: Baylor won, 42-17 [Sept. 8, 2007]

BAYLOR BEARS
Record:
2-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 44-45 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 10-17 (3rd season)
    vs. Rice: 4-1
Statistical Leaders:
    Rushing:
JJay Finley [28 att., 183 yards, 1 TD]
    Passing: Robert Griffin III [55-99, 703 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT]
    Receiving: Terrance Williams [14 rec., 133 yards, 1 TD]
    Tackles:
Byron Landor [23 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR]

RICE OWLS
Record:
1-2, 0-0 C-USA
Ranking:
NR/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: David Bailiff
   Career Record:
37-39 (7th season)
   Rice Record: 16-24 (4th season)
   vs. Baylor: 0-2
Statistical Leaders:
   Rushing:
Tyler Smith [26 att., 126 yards, 0 TD]
   Passing:
Nick Fanuzzi [35-60, 423 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT]
   Receiving:
Luke Willson [12 rec., 145 yards, 1 TD]
   Tackles:
Travis Bradshaw [26 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 FR, 1 FF]

THE RUNDOWN
For the second consecutive week, Baylor faces a former Southwest Conference rival when the Bears visit the Rice Owls in Houston. Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT at Rice Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Baylor (2-1) enters Saturday's final non-conference contest with a three-game losing streak away from Waco, including an 0-1 mark in 2010.

Following a 45-10 road loss at No. 4 TCU last Saturday, Baylor is 2-11 on the road under third-year head coach Art Briles and 1-2 in non-conference road games.

Sophomore Robert Griffin III, the only 1,000-yard rushing QB in school history, has accounted for eight of Baylor's nine touchdowns this season -- five passing TDs and four rushing scores. Five different players have tallied a receiving touchdown this season, while Baylor QBs have completed a pass to 14 different receivers.

Rice (1-2) has lost six of its last eight home games at Rice Stadium, including a season-opening loss to Texas at Reliant Stadium and a 30-13 defeat at the hands of Northwestern last weekend. Griffin III has more passing yards (703) than all three Rice quarterbacks combined (667).

YES, THERE ARE TWO ROBERT GRIFFINS
For the last two seasons, there was only one Robert Griffin on the Baylor football team -- QB Robert Griffin III. This season, there are two Robert Griffins -- RG3 and Robert T. Griffin (no relation). RTG, a right guard, enrolled at Baylor in January 2010, transferring from Navarro Junior College. Griffin III has started all three games at QB, while RTG has two starts to his credit.

NOT ONLY CAN HE RUN, HE CAN THROW TOO
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III threw for a career-high 297 yards -- in three quarters before sitting out the fourth quarter -- in Baylor's 34-6 win over Buffalo on Sept. 11. Griffin III bested his previous career high by three yards (294 vs. Northwestern State, 2008). RG3 tossed for 200-plus yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Griffin III, who has thrown for 703 yards in three games this season, has four games with at least 275 passing yards in his career.

RG3 BATTLE-TESTED IN NON-CONFERENCE
Robert Griffin III has been electrifying in his first 18 games and he has posted rather impressive passing numbers in non-conference play. Griffin III owns a 16.0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 10 career non-conference games, tossing 16 TDs to just one INT. Griffin III is 147-of-246 (59.8 percent) for 1,940 yards against non-conference foes.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES WORTH NOTING
With an attendance of 40,853 Baylor's Sept. 11 home game vs. Buffalo, Baylor had back-to-back games of 40,000+ to open a home schedule, the first time since 1995 -- 42,316 (Mississippi State), 40,882 (Texas Tech) -- and just the third time in Floyd Casey Stadium's 61-year history (1975, 1995, 2010). The 83,674 fans to attend Baylor's first two home games in 2010 marks the second-highest total behind the 89,900 (43,600 vs. Ole Miss, 46,300 vs. Auburn) that attended the first two home games of the 1975 home season.

2010 is the first time Baylor has started a season with three consecutive games of 40,000+ (home or road) since 1984. That year, Baylor played at No. 13 BYU (63,705), at No. 11 Oklahoma (75,008) and at No. 7 Texas Tech (41,328) to open the season. The crowd of 42,821 to watch Baylor's 34-3 win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 4 was the third-largest opening-day crowd -- and largest crowd for a Division I Football Championship Subdivision opponent -- in Floyd Casey Stadium history. It was also the third-largest crowd for any home game under head coach Art Briles -- 44,372 vs. Texas (2009) and 43,549 vs. Texas A&M (2008).

EPPERSON PUNTING HIS WAY UP BAYLOR CAREER CHARTS
Baylor senior P Derek Epperson ranks in the top six of all five major career punting categories at Baylor. Epperson ranks third all-time with a 42.66 yards-per-punt average behind only Buzzy Sawyer (43.44) and Daniel Sepulveda (45.24). Epperson ranks fourth all-time in Baylor history with 44 career punts of 50+ yards and needs four more to overtake Ron Stowe (47) for second place.

Epperson is one of only five punters in Baylor history with more than 8,000 career punting yards; he ranks fifth all-time with 8,021 yards. The Southlake, Texas, native also ranks sixth in both total punts (188) and punts of 60+ yards (five).

WRIGHT'S STREAK HITS 27
With two receptions in Baylor's 45-10 loss at No. 4 TCU on Sept. 18, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 27 games of his career. Wright's streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks 11th nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision players. His streak is the second-longest active streak by a Big 12 player behind Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (28).


 

 

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