|25/24 BAYLOR (3-0) at 9/7 WEST VIRGINIA (3-0)
Sept. 29, 2012 | 11:06 a.m. CT / 12:06 p.m. ET
Morgantown, W.Va. | Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
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The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) is holding its fifth annual Coach to Cure MD effort this week. The Baylor coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches Saturday to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting `CURE' to 90999.
Baylor's matchup with West Virginia will be televised nationally on FX, marking the eighth consecutive national telecast for the Bears. Dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, Saturday's game will be the 15th nationally televised contest in a span of 16 games for Baylor.
NATION'S SECOND-LONGEST WINNING STREAK
Baylor enters the weekend with an nine-game winning streak, the second-longest active national streak among FBS schools (TCU 11). By winning their last six games of last season, the Bears boasted the nation's second-longest active streak by a BCS AQ school to end the 2011 season (TCU was in MWC during 2011).
THREE STRAIGHT YEARS IN POLLS
After appearing in both polls after its win over ULM, Baylor has now been ranked in three consecutive seasons for first time since 1974 (4 straight weeks to end season), 1975 (one week) and 1976 (one week). This marks the fifth time since the AP poll began in 1936 that the Bears have been rated at least once in three straight seasons, following 1937-38-39; 1947-48-49; 1953-54-55-56-57; 1974-75-76 and current three-season run.
In one-plus years under defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in all 16 games - a total of 39 takeaways (22 interceptions, 17 fumbles recovered). Twenty-eight of those 39 takeaways have come over the last eight games, an average of more than 3.5 per game (Baylor is 8-0 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 11-0 when recording two or more takeaways.
BU'S NATIONALLY RANKED OFFENSE
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 fifth nationally in both scoring offense at 51.3 points per game and passing offense at 352.5 yards per game, sixth in total offense at 568.7 yards per game and 14th in passing efficiency at 169.9. 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.
A BALANCED ATTACK
Since Briles' arrival at Baylor, the Bears' passing attack gets most of the attention for its high-powered offense. However, Baylor owns one of the nation's most balanced offensive attacks. Baylor is one of only six FBS teams (La. Tech, Indiana, UCLA, Texas Tech, Okla St.) to average 300+ yards passing and 200+ yards rushing per game.
PREP ALL-AMERICANS DOT BAYLOR'S ROSTER
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 Rivals.com. 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 MaxPreps.com 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 247Sports.com (No. 65 by Rivals.com and No. 69 by Athlon).
TRANSFERS RETURNING TO HOME STATE
Baylor's roster includes a total of six transfers from out-of-state four-year universities, including five that are native Texans returning to their homestate. Junior starting tight end Jordan Najvar, from Spring, Texas, spent the 2009 season as a redshirt at Stanford before transferring to Baylor prior to the 2010 season. Sophomore running back Lache Seastrunk, a prep All-American from nearby Temple, Texas, spent the 2010 season as a redshirt at Oregon before transferring to BU prior to the 2011 season. Cornerback and returner Demetri Goodson (also a native of Spring, Texas), transferred from Gonzaga in 2011 after playing three seasons of basketball for the nationally-ranked Bulldogs. Senior receiver Darryl Stonum, from Houston, joined Baylor in 2012 as a fifth-year transfer and record-setting kick returner who played three seasons at Michigan. Sophomore defensive lineman Shawn Oakman transferred to Baylor in 2012 after spending a redshirt season at Penn State. Junior reserve linebacker Cordarius Golston, from Lancaster, Texas, spent the 2009 season as a redshirt at Arizona before transferring to Kilgore College at the start of the 2010 season - he transferred to Baylor prior to the 2011 season.
Baylor has won 9 straight, the 2nd-longest active streak in FBS (TCU 11).
Baylor's 9-game win streak is also the 2nd-longest in school history.
A win over West Virginia would tie Baylor's longest win streak in school history.
Baylor's 7-game streak of 45+ points is the nation's longest active streak, including 3 games with 59+ points.
Baylor has posted more than 500 yards of total offense in 9 consecutive games.
BU has outscored opponents 45-14 in the 3rd quarter this season and 96-45 in 2nd half.
QB Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense, averaging 387.7 yards per game.
Florence ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in passing yards (334.7 ypg).
Baylor ranks 1st in the Big 12 and tied for 6th nationally in turnover margin with a +2.0-per-game differential.
Since Phil Bennett became defensive coordinator, Baylor is 11-0 when recording 2 or more takeaways.
Baylor has forced at least 2 turnovers in 8 straight games (8-0 record), and at least 3 in 7 of 8.
Baylor has forced a turnover in 16 consecutive games (all 16 games since Bennett's arrival).
LB Bryce Hager leads the Big 12 and is tied for 2nd nationally in tackles, averaging 13.0 per game.
Baylor's 2012 schedule is currently ranked 2nd-toughest by the NCAA (behind Big 12 foe Oklahoma State).
WR Terrance Williams leads the Big 12 and ranks 6th nationally with 117.7 receiving ypg.
Saturday's meeting against West Virginia will be the 1st-ever meeting between Baylor and the Mountaineers.
Baylor is 1 of just 3 DI schools who have scored 45 or more points in all 3 game this season.
Through three games, the Baylor offensive line has allowed just 3 sacks (in 117 pass attempts).
6 different Baylor players have recorded an interception this season.
Baylor's offense has averaged at least 6.0 yards-per-play in each of the last 9 games (6.2 ypp vs ULM).
Baylor's defense leads the Big 12 with an average of 2.0 interceptions per game.
After recording 0 sacks in the season opener, Baylor has notched 5 in the last 2 games.
QB Nick Florence is tied for the Big 12 lead with 3 300-yard passing efforts this season.
With next TD, WR Terrance Williams will take over sole possession of 2nd all-time for career TD catches.
RB Glasco Martin totaled a career-high 18 carries in the win over ULM.
IR Tevin Reese notched his 5th career game with 100-plus yard receiving vs. ULM.
P Spencer Roth leads Big 12 in punting at 47 yards per punt and has the league's longest punt of 65 yards.
9 of the 10 Big 12 teams are ranked or receiving votes in both national polls (AP, Coaches).
For the 2nd straight game, Baylor tallied 24 points in a quarter (24 in 2nd vs. ULM & 24 in 4th vs. SHSU).
Baylor is 20-20 in televised games in the Briles era.