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No. 15 Football Opens Big 12 Play at K-State

Ahmad Dixon returned an INT 55 yards for a TD in Baylor's win over Rice.

15/16 Baylor (3-0, 0-0) at Kansas State (3-0, 0-0)
Oct. 1, 2011 | 2:30 p.m. CDT
Manhattan, Kan.
| Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
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Date Sat., Oct. 1 | 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location Manhattan, Kan. | Bill Snyder Family (50,000)
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Series Kansas State leads, 6-2
In Waco Kansas State leads, 3-2
Kansas State leads, 3-0
Neutral Never met
First Meeting Sept. 20, 1969 - KSU, 45-15
Last Meeting Oct. 23, 2010 - Baylor, 47-42
Record 3-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking 15 (AP), 16 (Coaches)
Last Game Sept. 24 (def. Rice, 56-31)
Head Coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
Career: 52-50 (9th season)
BU Record: 18-22 (4th season)
vs. KSU: 1-0
Record 3-0, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking RV (AP), RV (Coaches)
Last Game Sept. 24 (def. Miami, 28-24)
Head Coach Bill Snyder (William Jewell, 1963)
Career: 152-79-1 (20th season)
KSU Record: Same
vs. Baylor: 4-1

• In search of its first conference-opening road win since 1995, No. 15/16 Baylor (3-0) travels to the Sunflower State to face undefeated Kansas State (3-0) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on ABC.
• Heisman Trophy candidate QB Robert Griffin III has completed a national-leading 85.4 percent of his passes (70-of-82) this season and has thrown more touchdowns (13) than incomplete passes (12) in three games.
• Baylor ranks second nationally in total offense and passing efficiency, third in scoring offense, seventh in passing offense, 10th in sacks allowed and 15th in rushing offense.
• RG3 leads the nation in pass efficiency (236.23) and is on pace to shatter the NCAA single-season record (186.0 by Hawai`i QB Colt Brennan in 2006). He also ranks third nationally in total offense.
• RG3, the Baylor career leader in TD responsibility, leads the nation in points responsible for with 28.0 points per game.
• Baylor, which started 3-0 for the first time since 2005, hasn't started 4-0 since 1991.
• Baylor has won three of its last five conference road games with wins at Missouri (2009), Colorado (2010) and Texas (2010).
• Baylor is ranked in both the latest AP and USA TODAY Coaches Top 25 polls for the third straight week. Baylor is 3-1 as a ranked team in the Art Briles era.
•  RG3 has thrown 142 pass attempts without an interception.
• IR Kendall Wright, the most prolific receiver in school history, is Baylor's all-time leader in career receptions (225), career receiving yards (2,761) and career receiving touchdowns (20). He ranks second nationally in receiving yards per game and third in receptions.
• Wright's streak of 40 consecutive games with a catch is the third-longest streak in the nation among active FBS players.

Saturday's Big 12 Conference opener will be televised on ABC. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Bob Davie (analyst) will serve as the talent for the telecast.

After solidifying its first 3-0 start in six seasons, Baylor is seeking its 18th 4-0 start in school history and the first since 1991. Five of Baylor's last six 4-0 starts have resulted in a bowl bid -- 1951, 1956, 1960, 1980 and 1991.

Led by receivers Kendall Wright, Tevin Reese, Lanear Sampson and Terrance Williams, 13 different Baylor players have caught at least one pass this season. Wright has accounted for a team-best 31 catches for 420 yards and four touchdowns.

Sampson has caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games -- the second-longest streak on the team behind Wright (40).

Seven different players have recording a receiving TD through three games.

Through three games, Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III is 70-of-82 passing, completing a national-leading 85.4 percent of his passes. Griffin III, the Baylor career leader in pass efficiency, leads the nation with a 236.23 pass efficiency and is on pace to shatter the NCAA single-season record of 186.0 set by Hawa`i's Colt Brennan in 2006.

Griffin III has thrown more touchdowns (13) than incomplete passes (12) this season. RG3 has played only three quarters in each of the last two games. RG3 has thrown 142 consecutive attempts without an interception. He began his college career with an NCAA-record 209 consecutive attempts without throwing an INT.

Baylor racked up 673 yards of total offense in its 56-31 win over Rice (Sept. 24) -- the third-most in school history. Each of Baylor's top three total offense yardage games have been in the last two seasons -- 683 vs. Kansas State (Oct. 23, 2010), 678 vs. Kansas (Oct. 2, 2010) and 673 vs. Rice (Sept. 24, 2011).

Baylor ranks second nationally in total offense (594.0) and is on pace to shatter the school record set in 2010 (475.3).

QB Robert Griffin III set his 41st and 42nd school records Sept. 24 in Baylor's 56-31 rout of former Southwest Conference rival Rice. RG3 set the single-game school record for completion percentage (minimum 30 attempts), completing 87.9 percent of his passes. He also became Baylor's all-time completions leader, surpassing Shawn Bell.

During Baylor's 48-0 shutout of Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 17), RG3 set the school record for completion percentage (minimum 20 attempts), when he completed 90.9 percent of his passes. RG3 leads the nation in both completion percentage (85.4) and pass efficiency (236.23).

For the second straight week, six different Baylor players scored an offense touchdown. With the addition of NB Ahmad Dixon's INT return, seven different Bears scored a touchdown in their 56-31 rout Sept. 24 of Rice.

All-told, 10 different Bears have scored an offensive touchdown through three games -- RB Terrance Ganaway (4), IR Kendall Wright (3), WR Lanear Sampson (3), WR Terrance Williams (3), QB Robert Griffin III (1), RB Glasco Martin (1), TE Jerod Monk (1), TE Jordan Najvar (1), IR Tevin Reese (1) and RB Jarred Salubi (1).

Wright, Ganaway and Sampson have each scored at least one TD in all three games.

Baylor, which ranks third nationally in scoring offense (51.3 points per game) through three games, is averaging just under two minutes (1:53) time of possession on 23 scoring drives. 10 of Baylor's 23 scoring drives have taken less than two minutes, including six scoring drives of less than 60 seconds.

Only three Baylor scoring drives have taken more than three minutes -- all three have resulted in Aaron Jones field goals.

RG3'S PUSH FOR THE HEISMAN is an informative and interactive site to promote Baylor's Heisman Trophy candidate, Robert Griffin III. Baylor also launched the "RG3 for Heisman" Facebook page and "RG3 for Heisman" Twitter account (@RG3forHeisman).



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