Sept. 26, 2006
BAYLOR (1-3, 0-0)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 30, 2006 6:00 P.M. CDT
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM (50,000)
BAYLOR: Guy Morriss (TCU, 1973)
Record at Baylor: 12-26 (4th season)
Career Record: 21-40 (6th season)
Record vs. K-State: 0-1
K-STATE: Ron Prince (Appalachian State, 1992)
Record at K-State: 3-1 (1st season)
Career Record: 3-1 (1st season)
Record vs. Baylor: 0-0
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Baylor returns to action Saturday, Sept. 30, hosting
The Bears (1-3, 0-0) dropped a 27-20 overtime decision to Army at home last Saturday. Baylor is 1-2 at home this season.
The Wildcats (3-1, 0-0) lost at home to eighth-ranked
This is the sixth meeting between Baylor and
Baylor has scored five touchdowns against
The Bears' only two offensive touchdowns were a Darrell Bush TD run in 1999 and a Greg Cicero-to-Shane Williams TD pass in 2000. Baylor has never scored a first-half offensive touchdown against
Neutral Site: Never Met
Since Start of Big 12:
Baylor has faced
Baylor has scored more special teams touchdowns (three) than offensive touchdowns (two) in the previous five meetings.
The last meeting featured a 98-yard kickoff return by Robert Quiroga, the fourth-longest in Baylor history.
Baylor battled heavily favored Kansas State tooth-and-nail for 50 minutes before a pair of long Darren Sproles runs midway through the fourth quarter set up touchdowns that allowed the Wildcats to pull away in a 38-10 K-State victory.
The Wildcats recaptured the lead in the waning seconds of the second quarter on another Roberson-to-Terry scoring pass, this one from 14 yards out.
That momentum carried over to the second half for
Baylor drove to the K-State 1 on the game's final drive, but the Bears were denied the end zone on a fourth-and-goal dive by Brandon Whitaker.
BAYLOR IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Baylor is 44-41-4 (.517) all-time in conference openers, but 2-8 in Big 12 Conference openers. The Bears' lone wins in Big 12 openers came in 2002 (def.
This is the first time since the 2003
In 79 seasons as a member of the Southwest Conference, Baylor was 42-33-4 (.557) in league openers. The Bears won six of their last seven, 10 of their last 12 and 14 of their last 17 such SWC games.
A win against
Baylor has not allowed a first-quarter point in five straight games.
The Bears have out-scored their opponents 84-17 in the first half over the last five games.
Baylor (11) is one of only 12 schools nationally to have produced at least 11 turnovers this season.
Baylor's defense is tied for 12th nationally with six interceptions, tied with
In 12 offensive scores this season, Baylor has two scoring drives of more than two minutes, 30 seconds (3:26 at
Of Baylor's 12 offensive scoring drives, five have been less than one minute in duration (three have been less than 40 seconds).
Baylor has registered six plays longer than 40 yards this season in four games. The Bears totaled 11 plays longer than 40 yards in 11 games last season.
Baylor's opponent scored 17 points in two of the Bears' three losses this season. The Bears have lost three straight and 11 of their last 12 when either team scores 17 points. The lone win in that time was a 24-17 victory against
QB Shawn Bell has passed for at least 200 yards in six consecutive games. This feat has been accomplished only once before in Baylor history. Don Trull had a string of seven consecutive games with at least 200 yards passing during the 1963 season.
LB Joe Pawelek leads all Big 12 freshmen with 6.5 tackles per game.
FS Jordan Lake is tied for the Big 12 lead with two fumbles forced, most of any freshman in the league.
RB Leon Patton
DB Courtney Herndon Dallas-Lincoln LB Antonio Jones
WR Antonio Brown
OL Greg Wafford
WR Andrew Richards Keller RB Mario Price
BAYLOR vs. BIG 12 NORTH
Most of Baylor's success in the Big 12 Conference has come against teams from the North Division. The Bears are 5-25 against teams from the North with only three victories (Texas, 1997; Texas A&M, 2004; Oklahoma State, 2005) against teams from the South.
Baylor's victories against North teams are as follows:
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The dissimilitude of Baylor's offensive production from the first half to the second half this season has been unequivocal. The Bears have led at the half in all four games but have won only once. Here is a comparison of Baylor's offensive production (first half vs. second half) in three games against Division I-A opponents this season.
FIRST HALF SECOND HALF
26 POINTS 16
33 FIRST DOWNS 23
527 YARDS 355
100 PLAYS 93
5.3 YARDS/PLAY 3.8
32-80 RUSHING 30-19
2.5 YARDS/RUSH 0.6
43-86-1-447 PASSING 45-63-2-336
50.0 COMP. PCT. 71.4
6.6 YARDS/PASS 5.3
NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE BEARS
Baylor is 8-8 under the lights during head coach Guy Morriss' three-plus seasons. Conversely, the Bears are 4-18 in that time in day games (kickoff prior to 5 p.m.).
With 26 completions last Saturday against Army, QB Shawn Bell established Baylor's all-time career completions record.
The Army game was
DEFENSE STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER
Baylor has not allowed a first-quarter point in five straight games. That is the longest streak by a Baylor team since the Bears held seven consecutive opponents scoreless in the first quarter during the 1990 and 1991 seasons (last two games of 1990 and first five of 1991).
The last team to score in the first quarter against Baylor was
BAYLOR HAS 20/20 VISION
In three-plus seasons under head coach Guy Morriss, Baylor has established a bit of a vicenary rule on the scoreboard. The Bears are 11-7 when scoring at least 20 points and 1-19 when scoring less than 20 points since the start of the 2003 season. Likewise, the Bears are 8-3 when holding the opponent to fewer than 20 points and 4-23 when allowing 20 or more points in that time.
Baylor's lone victory when scoring less than 20 points since the start of the 2003 season was in Morriss' first victory with the Bears -- a 10-7 win over SMU at Floyd Casey Stadium.
The Bears have lost 17 consecutive games when not scoring at least 20 points. In fact, since 1995, Baylor has won a game when scoring less than 20 points only four times: 14-0 at
Baylor has lost six consecutive games when the opponent scores at least 20 points, including last Saturday's overtime loss to Army. The last time the Bears allowed 20-plus points and won was a 28-23 victory at SMU to open the 2005 season.
WRs Trent Shelton and Dominique Zeigler soon will be able to claim the epithet of Baylor's all-time best receiving duo. The two have combined for 253 receptions as teammates. That ranks second in school history behind only the 265 receptions amassed by teammates Reggie Newhouse and Robert Quiroga during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Zeigler enters the
WHITAKER CATCHES ON
RB Brandon Whitaker is second on the Baylor team with 19 receptions this season. With 4.75 receptions per game, Whitaker ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 49th nationally. Whitaker is seventh nationally in receptions per game among running backs.
Whitaker established career highs with nine receptions for 56 yards against
Three of CB C.J. Wilson's four interceptions this season have led to Baylor touchdowns. His interception against TCU was followed by a four-play, 35-yard touchdown drive. His first interception against
With five interceptions last season and four picks this season, Wilson is one shy of joining Jackie Allen (1966-68), Howard Fields (1976-79) and Vic Vines (1979-82) in a tie for 10th on Baylor's all-time career list.
TURNOVERS COSTLY FOR BEARS
While Baylor is tied for sixth nationally with 11 turnovers forced, the Bears' seven turnovers committed have been quite costly. Six of the seven turnovers have come in the opponent's territory, including four inside the opponent's 30 yard line.
Interestingly, no opponent drive following a Baylor turnover has lasted longer than three plays. Two of those drives, though, ended in opponent touchdowns. Two other opponent ensuing drives resulted in turnovers, one of which Baylor returned for a touchdown.
Baylor did not commit a turnover against Army; it was the Bears' first turnover-free game since the 2004 game at Texas Tech.
2006 BAYLOR TURNOVERS
OPP. TURNOVER SPOT ENSUING OPPONENT DRIVE
TCU Mosley fumble TCU 16 3-play drive, punt
TCU Bell INT TCU 21 3-play drive, TD
NSU Bell INT NSU 40 3-play drive, INT
WSU Bell INT WSU 17 3-play drive, punt
WSU Teasley fumble BU 34 3-play drive, TD
WSU Bell INT WSU 29 2-play drive, fumble returned for TD
WSU Teasley fumble WSU 49 end of game
WR Trent Shelton has recorded at least one reception in a Baylor record 37 consecutive games.
WR Dominique Zeigler has recorded at least one reception in 24 consecutive games, tied for the 14th-longest streak in Division I-A. In fact, Zeigler has recorded at least two receptions in each of those 24 games. Zeigler did not play against
Baylor is the only team in the nation with two receivers with active streaks of 22-plus games.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION, ACTIVE DIVISION I-A PLAYERS
41 - Steve Odom Sr. WR
40 - Vincent Marshall Sr. WR
40 - Johnny Quinn Sr. WR
38 - Brian Leonard Sr. FB
37 - Trent Shelton Sr. WR BAYLOR
34 - Clark Harris Sr. TE
29 - Dwayne Jarrett Jr. WR
28 - Ryne Robinson Sr. WR
28 - Shaun Herbert Sr. WR Northwestern
27 - Caleb Spencer Sr. WR
26 - Craig Davis Jr. WR
26 - Marcus Monk Jr. WR
25 - D'Juan Woods Jr. WR
24 - Dominique Zeigler Sr. WR BAYLOR
24 - Calvin Johnson Jr. WR Georgia Tech
23 - Eric Deslauriers Sr. WR
22 - Brandon Allen Jr. WR
BAYLOR IN BIG 12 STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Through games of Sept. 23, Baylor ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 84th nationally in total offense (308.0 ypg). The Bears are 10th in the Big 12 and 56th nationally in total defense (318.5 ypg). Here is a look at how Baylor ranks in the conference/nation:
Scoring Offense: 11th/72nd (22.3 ppg)
Total Offense: 10th/84th (308.0 ypg)
First Downs: 9th (73)
Rushing Offense: 12th/119th (29.8 ypg)
Passing Offense: 2nd/14th (278.3 ypg)
Pass Efficiency Offense: 8th/56th (128.22)
Third-Down Efficiency: t-6th/t-43rd (42.1 pct.; 24-of-57)
Fourth-Down Efficiency: 10th/t-100th (20.0 pct.; 1-of-5)
Red Zone Efficiency: 10th (72.7 pct; 8-of-11, 6 TD)
Sacks Allowed: 9th/t-76th (2.3 spg)
Scoring Defense: 9th/t-40th (17.8 ppg)
Total Defense: 10th/56th (318.5 ypg)
First Downs Allowed: 10th (68)
Rushing Defense: 7th/44th (109.0 ypg)
Passing Defense: 8th/t-81st (209.5 ypg)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 10th/75th (130.59)
Third-Down Efficiency: 10th/73rd (38.9 pct.; 21-of-54)
Fourth-Down Efficiency: t-6th/t-53rd (50.0 pct.; 2-of-4)
Red Zone Efficiency: t-4th (77.8; 7-of-9, 4 TD)
Tackles for Loss: 9th/67th (5.5 tpg)
Sacks: 11th/67th (1.5 spg)
Penalties: 12th/118th (9.5 ppg)
Penalty Yardage: 12th/119th (91.8)
Opponent Penalty Yardage: 2nd (74.2 ypg)
Time of Possession: 11th/102nd (27:53 avg.)
Kickoff Returns: 4th/13th (26.8 ypr)
Punt Returns: 10th/91st (5.9 ypr)
Net Punting: 9th/96th (31.7 ypp)
Field Goals: 2nd (80.0 pct.; 4-of-5)
PAT Percentage: 12th (90.0 pct.; 9-of-10)
Turnover Margin: 1st/t-18th (+1.00)
OTHER BEARS IN BIG 12 AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
QB Shawn Bell ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 19th nationally with 256.0 yards of total offense per game.
Four Baylor players rank 13th or better in the Big 12 in receptions per game: WR Trent Shelton is second in the league and 11th nationally (6.5 rpg), RB Brandon Whitaker is fifth in the league and seventh nationally among running backs (4.8), WR Dominique Zeigler is ninth in the Big 12 (4.3) and IR Terrance Parks is 13th (4.0).
CB C.J. Wilson leads the Big 12 and is tied for fourth nationally with 1.0 interceptions per game.
IR Queito Teasley ranks 10th in the Big 12 with 7.6 yards per punt return. Teasley also ranks fourth in the conference and 29th nationally with 25.8 yards per kickoff return.
WR Mikail Baker is third in the Big 12 and 19th nationally with 27.7 yards per kickoff return.
PK Ryan Havens ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 1.0 field goals per game.
P Daniel Sepulveda ranks third in the Big 12 and 19th nationally with a 43.4 yards per punt average.
LBs Nick Moore and Joe Pawelek are tied for 14th in the conference with 6.5 tackles per game. Pawelek is tops among freshmen in the league.
FS Jordan Lake is tied for the Big 12 lead with 0.5 fumbles forced per game.
CB C.J. Wilson leads the Big 12 Confence with four interceptions and is one of only five players nationally with at least four interceptions this season.
Anthony Arline's 40-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown against
The 2005 Bears produced four such scores, including both punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns by return specialist Shaun Rochon, a 29-yard fumble return touchdown by Jamaal Harper and a 25-yard interception return touchdown by LB Colin Allred.
The 2004 Bears forced just nine turnovers and Baylor ranked No. 113 nationally in turnover margin at minus 1.36 per game. But, in 2005, Baylor forced 29 opponent miscues (13 fumbles and 16 interceptions) to rank No. 30 nationally in turnover margin at plus 0.45 per game.
Through games of Sept. 16, Baylor ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 17th nationally in turnover margin at plus-1.00 per game.
2003 vs. UAB -- James Todd blocked punt for safety
2003 vs. Texas Tech -- Robert Quiroga 100-yard kickoff return
2004 vs. North Texas -- Braelon Davis blocked punt recovery in end zone (blocked by
2005 vs. Samford -- Shaun Rochon 85-yard punt return
2006 vs. Northwestern State -- C.J.
INTERCEPTIONS LEAD TO TOUCHDOWNS OF LATE
Five of Baylor's last nine interceptions have led to touchdowns, including two returned for touchdowns. Three of those nine interceptions were in the 2005 season finale against
OPPONENT INT RETURN SPOT RESULT
Oklahoma State Jamaal Harper 15 yards OSU 1 TD: Mosley 1 run
Oklahoma State Colin Allred 25 yards OSU 0 TD: Allred 25 INT return
Oklahoma State Dwain Crawford 6 yards BU 32 6-play drive, punt
NW State C.J.
NW State C.J.
NW State Jake LaMar 5 yards NSU 48 3-play drive, punt
Washington St. C.J.
NOTES FROM THE ARMY GAME
Baylor's 77-yard scoring drive in the first quarter was its longest scoring drive of the season both in terms of yardage and in time of possession (5:40).
Army's third-quarter punt return for a TD was the first allowed by a Baylor team since 2004 (at
OS Maurice Linguist and LB Nick Moore both established career highs with 11 tackles each.
DE Jason Lamb recorded two tackles for loss, a career best.
BEARS SCHEDULE AMONG NATION'S TOUGHEST
Baylor's 2006 composite schedule (includes past and future opponents) is tied for the nation's 15th-toughest through games of Sept. 23. The Bears' schedule is listed as the toughest in the Big 12 Conference.
The Bears' 11 Division I-A opponents are 21-12 this season for a .636 winning percentage. Baylor opponents played each other twice this season; TCU defeated Texas Tech and Texas A&M defeated Army. That gives Baylor's opponents a 21-10 adjusted record for a .677 adjusted winning percentage.
WILSON, SEPULVEDA AMONG KIPER'S TOP SENIORS
CB C.J. Wilson and P Daniel Sepulveda were ranked among the nation's top five seniors at their respective positions by ESPN.com's Mel Kiper.
BAYLOR NAMES TRIO CAPTAINS FOR 2006
BEARS HONOR FORMER ASSISTANT COACH ADAMS
Baylor's jerseys feature black TA patches in 2006. These patches are in memorial of former defensive line coach Tom Adams, who passed away Aug. 2 after a battle with cancer.
Two years after fielding the nation's second-youngest football team, Baylor's 2006 hopes may well rest on the shoulders of its 31 seniors, 25 of whom are fifth-year players. Of those 31 seniors, 16 were listed No. 1 at their respective position on the Bears' preseason depth chart -- eight on offense, six on defense as well as its No. 1 place-kicker and punter.
The Baylor roster featured an average of just 17.3 seniors over its first 10 seasons in the Big 12 and only once prior to 2006 had the Bears carried more than 20 seniors (the 2002 roster listed 22 seniors) on the squad.
Senior All-America candidate CB C.J. Wilson, who earned first-team 2005 All-Big 12 honors from six media outlets at cornerback, is one of 33 players named to the 2006 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
SEPULVEDA NAMED TO GUY AWARD WATCH LIST
P Daniel Sepulveda is one of six members on the Greater Augusta Sports Council's 2006 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List, comprised of the top non-graduating finalists from the previous year and Sepulveda, the award's 2004 winner. Also on the list are Purdue's Dave Brytus,
Sepulveda, who was selected as the nation's No. 1 punter by The Sporting News in its 2006 preview magazine, ranked second in the Big 12 and third nationally with a 46.18-yard punting average in 2005 en route to All-America and All-Big 12 honors. That averaged ranked as the second-best single-season average in Baylor history, just ahead of his 2004 mark of 46.0 ypp.
The Ray Guy Award is presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.
QB Shawn Bell was among 22 student-athletes named to the 2006 Manning Award Watch List, announced Aug. 23 by the Sugar Bowl Committee.
The Manning Award was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award which takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
The winner will be determined by a select panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.
Gettis is one of the nation's top-rated 400-meter runners in track. Pawelek is a catcher on Baylor's baseball team; he sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt. Sims appeared in 10 games at guard for Baylor's basketball team during the 2005-2006 campaign. Teasley earned All-Big 12 honors in the long jump and was a member of Baylor's 2006 Big 12 champion 4x100-meter relay team.
CB Braelon Davis and WR Dominique Zeigler both ran track previously in their time at Baylor.
Baylor is one of 10 schools in Division I-A with at least six graduates on its 2006 football roster, according to research conducted by Tony Neely at the University of Kentucky. Auburn leads the way with 11, followed by Notre Dame and Texas Tech (nine each); Miami, Fla. (eight); Boston College, Louisiana Tech and Penn State (seven each); and Baylor, Kentucky and West Virginia (six each).
2006 BAYLOR BEARS WHO HAVE COMPLETED UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
QB Shawn Bell May 2006 B.S.Ed., physical education
OT Travis Farst May 2006 B.S., communication studies
IR Andrew Heard * May 2004 B.S., communication studies
OS Maurice Linguist August 2006 B.S., communication studies
RB Mario Price August 2006 B.S.Ed., health science studies
CB James Todd May 2006 B.S., communication studies
* - Texas Tech graduate
Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference with 111 former
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BAND OF BROTHERS
Baylor is one of six Division I-A schools with at least three sets of brothers on its football roster. The Bears' brothers are the Thad and Yancy Boatner, Jake and Luke La Mar, and Desmond and Quincy Jenkins.
BYU sports six sets of brothers, most of any program in the nation. Army, UCLA and Virginia Tech have four sets each; UCLA's total includes one set of three brothers. Baylor and
AFCA HONORS BAYLOR FOR GRADUATION RATE
Baylor was one of 29 NCAA Division I-A schools nationally to have its football program honored with the 2006 Academic Achivement Award by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has honored Baylor for its football graduation rates seven times since 1996.
Six institutions registered graduation rates of 90 percent or more for their freshman football classes of 2000-2001, including SMU, which earned top honors from the Touchdown Club of Memphis with its 100 percent mark. Baylor joined Big 12 schools Iowa State, Nebraska and Texas Tech among the 23 institutions who received honorable mention recognition with a graduation rate of 70 percent or higher.
The overall graduation rate of the survey-record 104 schools that responded was 58 percent. Since the NCAA began tracking graduation rates in 1991, the Baylor football program has averaged a 65.3 percent rate and seven times in the last nine years it has recorded a 60.0 percent or higher mark.
FORMER WALK-ONS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS
Five senior members of the Baylor football team who began their careers as walk-ons have been awarded scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year, head coach Guy Morriss announced at the end of the Bear's Aug. 18 practice.
OS Bryan Bays, FB Damon Dotson, FS Bennett Hoefer, WR Craig Munn and RB Mario Price were rewarded by the Bears' staff. Hoefer, who will graduate in May 2007, is the only one of the five who is not a fifth-year senior. Price earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor in August.
Since Morriss' arrival in
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