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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:
Television: FOX Sports Southwest (complete TV listings)
Internet Video: (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, 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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