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Football Hosts Kent State in TV Matchup

Baylor (2-1) vs. Kent State (2-2)
Oct. 3, 2009 | 6:10 p.m. CDT
Waco, Texas
| Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
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Baylor/ISP Sports Network (ESPN/KRZI 1660AM Waco / Sirius Satellite ch. 161 / list of complete affiliates)
Internet Audio: BaylorBears.com
Television: FOX Sports Southwest (complete TV listings)
Internet Video: BaylorBears.com (delayed broadcast available shortly after the conclusion of the game)
Live Stats: Gametracker

Never Met
Never Met
    Kent: Never Met
    Neutral: Never Met
    First Meeting: Never Met
    Last Meeting: Never Met

2-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 40-39 (7th season)
    Baylor Record: 6-9 (2nd season)
    vs. Kent State: Never Met
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [22-212-1]
    Passing: Robert Griffin [45-69-0-481-4]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [15-189-2]
    Tackles: Joe Pawelek [15-18-33]

2-2, 1-0 Mid-American
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Doug Martin
   Career Record: 23-41 (6th season)
   Kent State Record: 23-41 (6th season)
   vs. Baylor: 0-0
Statistical Leaders:
Eugene Jarvis [37-158-1]
   Passing: Keith Spencer [32-49-381-4]
   Receiving: Tyshon Goode [13-143-0]
   Tackles: Cobrani Mixon [23-18-41]

Baylor returns to action Saturday, Oct. 3, hosting Kent State for a non-conference game at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT. This is final game of a three-game home stand for the Bears and Baylor's last of four non-conference games this season. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Southwest.

The Bears (2-1) defeated Northwestern State 68-13 at home last Saturday. Baylor is 1-1 at home this season. The Golden Flashes (2-2) defeated Miami University 29-19 at home last Saturday. Kent State is 0-1 on the road this season, falling 34-7 at Boston College three weeks ago.

All Baylor football games are broadcast live on the Baylor/ISP Sports Radio Network; Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio is the network's flagship station. Live streaming audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor football games online at www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports network. Streaming video also is available on a delayed basis for all Baylor home games.

Baylor is 2-0 all-time against teams currently playing the Mid-American Conference. The Bears won 34-21 at Buffalo in 2007. Baylor defeated Bowling Green 38-0 in Waco in 1981.

Saturday's game against Kent State is Baylor's first against a team from Ohio since a 21-14 loss Sept. 11, 1982, at Ohio State. The last time an Ohio team traveled to Waco was Sept. 12, 1981, when the Bears defeated Bowling Green 38-0 at Floyd Casey Stadium. In fact, Baylor has played only one other game against a team from the Buckeye State -- a 34-28 loss at Ohio State in 1978.

Saturday's game is the 123rd televised game in Baylor football history; the Bears are 40-80-2 all-time in televised games, including a 1-0 mark last season. Baylor snapped a six-game losing streak in televised games with its 45-17 victory over Washington State early last season.

This is Baylor's 30th all-time game on FSN and its first this season.

• Baylor is 40-80-2 all-time in televised games.
• Baylor is 51-38-5 all-time on the first Saturday of October.
• Baylor is 201-201-21 all-time in October, including a 1-3 mark under head coach Art Briles.
• Baylor has lost 19 consecutive games when trailing at halftime.
• Baylor is 6-0 in the Briles era when allowing 21 points or fewer and 0-9 when allowing more than 21 points. ... Baylor is 6-0 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 ninth-toughest, according to cumulative opponents' winning percentage (22-10, .688). The ranking considers only FBS opponents and games against FBS opponents.
• Pawelek will start his 37th consecutive game Saturday against Kent 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.
• LB Antonio Jones leads the Big 12 and ranks 13th nationally with 11.0 tackles per game.
• Pawelek is tied for 14th nationally with 10.8 tackles per game; he ranks second in the Big 12.
• Baylor and Wyoming are the nation's only teams with two players ranked in the top 15 in tackles.
• RB Jay Finley needs 216 yards to become the 15th player in Baylor history to reach 1,500 career rushing yards.



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