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Football Opens Big 12 Play vs. Kansas





       vs.   
Baylor (3-1, 0-0) at Kansas (2-2, 0-0)
Oct. 2, 2010 | 11 a.m. CDT
Waco, Texas
| Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FSN

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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: FSN (TV Listings)
Talent: Bill Land (pxp), Dave Lapham (analyst), Emily Jones (sideline)
Internet Video: None
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com

SERIES
Baylor leads 5-4
    Waco:
Baylor leads 4-0
    Lawrence: Kansas leads 4-1
    Neutral: never met
    First Meeting: Kansas won, 22-0 [Sept. 18, 1971]
    Last Meeting: Kansas won, 58-10 [Oct. 13, 2007]

BAYLOR BEARS
Record:
3-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 45-45 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 11-17 (3rd season)
    vs. Kansas: 0-1
Statistical Leaders:
    Rushing:
Jay Finley [43 att., 239 yards, 1 TD]
    Passing: Robert Griffin III [75-127, 971 yards, 8 TD, 2 INT]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [17 rec., 243 yards, 2 TD]
    Tackles:
Byron Landor [33 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FR]

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Record:
2-2, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking:
NR/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Turner Gill
   Career Record:
22-32 (5th season)
   Kansas Record: 2-2 (1st season)
   vs. Baylor: 0-1
Statistical Leaders:
   Rushing:
James Sims [53 att., 290 yards, 3 TD]
   Passing:
Jordan Webb [57-93, 625 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT]
   Receiving:
Daymond Patterson [22 rec., 206 yards, 1 TD]
   Tackles:
Justin Springer [34 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack]

THE RUNDOWN
After starting the season 3-1 for the second consecutive year, Baylor takes aim at just its fourth Big 12-opening victory when the Bears host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT. The game will be televised nationally on FSN and FSN HD.

Baylor, which hasn't won a Big 12 home opener since 2006, is 8-7 at home under third-year head coach Art Briles, including a 2-0 mark in 2010.

Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, who ranks third in passing efficiency (140.9), fourth in total offense (282.0 yards/game) and sixth in passing yards (242.8 yards/game) among Big 12 signal-callers, has tossed eight 40-yard passes this season. Baylor QBs have completed passes to 14 different receivers and six different receivers have caught TD passes, including three tight ends. Baylor's backfield features two 1,000-yard rushers -- senior TB Jay Finley (1,681) and RG3 (1,077).

Under the watch of first-year head coach Turner Gill, Kansas (2-2) is 0-1 on the road this season, suffering a 31-16 non-conference loss at Southern Miss. Saturday will be Gill's second game against Baylor; in 2007, his Buffalo Bulls lost to the Bears, 34-21, in Buffalo. Griffin III has more passing yards (971) and TD passes (eight) than Kansas' three quarterbacks combined (778 yards, five TDs).

THREE WINS, ONLY ONE TOUCHDOWN ALLOWED
In Baylor's three wins, the Bears have allowed only one touchdown and five field goals. Baylor has held its opponents to a 7.3 points average in three victories, while racking up nearly 500 yards per game in total offense (470.7 yards/game).

`STORK' HAS ARRIVED
Redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones, nicknamed `Stork' by coach Art Briles, connected on a career-best three FGs in Baylor's 30-13 road win at Rice last Saturday. Through four games, Jones is 8-of-10 on FG attempts, including 6-of-7 from 30+ yards. Jones' next FGM will match BU's FGM during the entire 2009 season (9-of-14).

BAKER'S BEEN HERE BEFORE
When Kansas visited Floyd Casey Stadium in 2006, sixth-year senior DB/KR Mikail Baker was a sophomore wide receiver. Baker recorded a 15-yard reception in Baylor's 36-35 win over the Jayhawks. The Dallas, Texas, native is the only BU player from the 2005 and 2006 teams on the 2010 roster.

MAKING THE MOST OF REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES
Through the first four games, Baylor has converted on 10-of-12 redzone opportunities (83.3 percent), including four touchdowns and six field goals. By comparison, Baylor converted on 13-of-16 redzone opportunities (81.3 percent) in four 2008 non-conference games and 11-of-15 opportunities (73.3 percent) in four 2009 non-conference games.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 OPENERS
Baylor is 3-11 in Big 12 Conference openers -- 0-2 in the Art Briles era -- and has lost the last three. The Bears have opened Big 12 play against Kansas one other time. In 2002, Baylor defeated the Jayhawks, 35-32, in front of 22,103 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

TRIPLE THREAT
Second-year sophomore TE Jerod Monk, a former high school QB, recorded his career-first receiving TD last Saturday at Rice -- a 6-yard pass from Robert Griffin III. With that score, Monk has recorded a TD via rush (1-yard keeper vs. Kent State, 10/3/09), pass (3-yard pass to Justin Akers at Iowa State, 10/17/09) and reception (6-yard catch at Rice, 9/25/10).

YOUTH IN NUMBERS
Six true freshmen and 14 redshirt freshmen have played through four games in 2010. In comparison, a total of 25 true and redshirt freshmen saw action in the entire 2009 season. Additionally, 22 total sophomores have played this season. All told, 42 of the 75 players who have this season for Baylor are either freshmen or sophomores (15 juniors, 18 seniors).

TIGHT ENDS INCLUDED
In 2009, Baylor's tight ends Brad Taylor and Justin Akers combined to make nine receptions for 72 yards without a TD. Through four games in 2010, Baylor's tight end trio of Taylor, Jerod Monk and Willie Jefferson have combined for 144 receiving yards on nine catches and three touchdowns. As a junior TE in 2008, Akers had eight catches for 118 yards and two TDs.

WRIGHT'S STREAK HITS 28
With seven receptions in Baylor's 30-13 win at Rice on Sept. 25, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 28 games of his career. Wright's streak of 28 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 (29).


 

 

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