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Football Readies for Northwestern State

Baylor (1-1) vs. Northwestern State (0-3)
Sept. 26, 2009 | 6:05 p.m. CDT
Waco, Texas
Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Baylor leads 2-0
Baylor leads 2-0
    Natchitoches: Never Met
    Neutral: Never Met
    First Meeting: Baylor 47-10 [Sept. 9, 2006]
    Last Meeting: Baylor 51-6 [Sept. 6, 2008]

1-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 39-39 (7th season)
    Baylor Record: 5-9 (2nd season)
    vs. Northwestern State: 1-0
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [22-212-1]
    Passing: Robert Griffin [32-50-0-255-1]
    Receiving: Kendall Wrights [10-84-1]
    Tackles: Joe Pawelek [13-15-28]

0-3, 0-0 Southland
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Bradley Dale Peveto
   Career Record: 0-3 (1st season)
   Northwestern State Record: 0-3 (1st season)
   vs. Baylor: 0-0
Statistical Leaders:
William Griffin [43-219-1]
   Passing: John Hundley [35-62-4-244-1]
   Receiving: Darius Duffy [17-144-0]
   Tackles: Blake Delcambre [14-11-25]

Baylor returns to action Saturday, Sept. 26, hosting Northwestern State for a non-conference game at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT. This is second game of a three-game home stand for the Bears and Baylor's third of four non-conference games this season.

The Bears (1-1) dropped a 30-22 decision at home against Connecticut last Saturday. The Huskies (1-1) dropped a 27-20 decision last Saturday at home against North Dakota.

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Baylor is 14-0 all-time against schools currently playing as Southland Conference members. Most of that history has been against Texas State, against which the Bears are 7-0 all-time after a 34-27 victory over the Bobcats in 2007. Baylor also is 3-0 against Stephen F. Austin, but the programs have not met since 1947. The Bears are 2-0 against Sam Houston State; the Bears and the Bearkats last met in 2003.

RB Jay Finley ranks 19th nationally and third in the Big 12 with 106.0 rushing yards per game. Finley recorded the fourth 100-yard game of his career last Saturday against Connecticut, going for a career-high 121 yards on eight carries for a 15.1-yards-per-carry average. It was his fourth consecutive game with at least 90 rushing yards and his third 100-yard game in that stretch.

Finley enters the Northwestern State game with 1,284 career rushing yards, the 23rd-best career total in Baylor history. He needs 216 yards to become the 15th player in school history to amass at least 1,500 career rushing yards. With 716 yards, he would become the program's seventh 2,000-yard rusher and Baylor's first since Darrell Bush (1997-2000).

QB Robert Griffin recorded the 14th and 15th rushing touchdowns of his career last Saturday against Connecticut. He enters the Northwestern State game tied for ninth on Baylor's all-time list along with Gary Lacy (1972-73), Steve Beaird (1973-74) and Dennis Gentry (1977, 79-81). Next on the list are John Henry (1990-93) and Paul Mosley (2003-06), each of whom scored 17 career rushing touchdowns.

Griffin, who established a Baylor single-season rushing touchdowns record for quarterbacks last season with 13, needs three rushing touchdowns to match Don Trull's career (1961-63) record of 18.

WR David Gettis enters the Northwestern State game needing 38 receiving yards to become the 24th player in Baylor history to amass at least 1,000 career receiving yards. Gettis would be the first Bear to accomplish the feat since 2005 when Trent Shelton and Dominique Zeigler both reached the 1,000-yard plateau.

Gettis also has 73 career receptions; he needs four more receptions to crack Baylor's all-time career list. With 27 receptions, he would become the eighth 100-reception player in Baylor history and the program's first since Brandon Whitaker reached the plateau in 2007.

• Baylor is 47-23-1 all-time on the fourth weekend of September, winning four of the last five.
• Baylor has lost 19 consecutive games when trailing at halftime.
• Baylor is 5-0 in the Briles era when allowing 21 points or fewer and 0-9 when allowing more than 21 points. ... Baylor is 5-0 in the Briles era when holding the opponent to fewer than 20 first downs and 0-9 when allowing at least 20 first downs.
• Baylor's 2009 schedule is ranked as the nation's 15th-toughest, according to cumulative opponents' winning percentage (16-8, .667). The ranking considers only FBS opponents and games against FBS opponents.
• Five Bears appear on national award watch lists: P Derek Epperson (Guy), QB Robert Griffin III (Manning, O'Brien, Maxwell), FS Jordan Lake (Thorpe), LB Joe Pawelek (Bednarik, Lombardi, Lott, Nagurski) and C J.D. Walton (Lombardi, Outland, Rimington).
• Pawelek will start his 36th consecutive game Saturday against Northwestern State, the longest such streak by a Baylor player (non-special teams) since Maurice Lane ended his career in 2005 with a school-record 45 consecutive starts.
• Pawelek is tied for the national lead with 14.0 tackles per game, while LB Antonio Jones is tied for eighth nationally and ranks second in the Big 12 with 12.0 tackles per game. Baylor is the nation's lone team with two players in the top eight.
• Pawelek enters the Northwestern State game with 341 career tackles, most among active FBS players. He also leads the nation with 187 career assisted tackles and ranks fourth nationally with 9.0 tackles per game on his career.
• Pawelek needs one interception to become the 13th player in Baylor history to amass at least 10 career interceptions.



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