|17/16 BAYLOR (3-0, 0-0) vs. NR/NR WEST VIRGINIA (3-2, 1-1)
Oct. 5, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Can't Make It To The Case?)
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• Baylor opens Big 12 Conference play by hosting West Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. on FS1.
• Baylor currently owns a 7-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA).
• Baylor leads the country in total offense, averaging 751.3 yards per game. In 3 games this season, BU has notched 3 of the top-4 single game yardage totals in program history with 692 vs. Wofford and the school-record against Buffalo (781) and ULM (781).
• Baylor is second in the country in scoring defense, surrendering only 7.7 points per game. BU has not allowed a touchdown after halftime this season.
• Baylor's starting offense has had 26 drives this season that have resulted in 22 scores (21 TDs, 1 FG), 2 punts and 2 fumbles.
• Baylor has won 6 straight at home and has not lost at "The Case" since Oct. 13, 2012, vs. TCU.
• In home games, Baylor is 15-1 since 2011, 19-3 over the last 3+ seasons and 25-10 in the Art Briles era.
• Baylor's defense has scored more touchdowns (4) than it has allowed (3) this season.
• Baylor is off to a 3-0 start for the 3rd straight year, but for only the 4th time since 1997. BU hasn't started a season 4-0 since 1991.
• Baylor is playing its 64th and final season at historic Floyd Casey Stadium. BU moves to the $260 million riverfront Baylor Stadium in 2014.
• Baylor moved up to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches poll, after its off week. The Bears have now been ranked in 4 straight seasons for the 1st time since being ranked in 5 straight years in 1953-57.
• Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 30 straight games and is averaging 597.2 yards per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
• Baylor's offense has topped 600 yards in 5 of the last 6 games (6-0 in that span).
• Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 9 of its last 10 games (Baylor's record is 8-2 in that span). BU is 19-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
• Baylor's defense leads the country in forcing 3-and-outs, doing so on 25 of 46 chances (.543).
• Baylor leads the country in scoring offense with 69.7 points per game. The Bears have set a Floyd Casey Stadium record for points in each of the first 3 games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. Buffalo and 70 vs. ULM.
• Baylor's defense has tallied 16 sacks over its last 4 games (2 vs. ULM, 2 vs. Buffalo, 6 against Wofford and 6 in Holiday Bowl win over UCLA). BU is 19-4 over the past 3+ years when having 2 or more sacks in a game. (3.33 sacks/game in 2013 ranks 9th in NCAA).
• Baylor has scored 41+ points in a school-record nine consecutive games (previous high was eight straight spanning 2011 and 2012).
• Baylor's combined 209 points scored in the first 3 games are the most over any 3-game stretch in school history and more total points than BU has scored in 33 full seasons, including the years of 1997-2003.
• Baylor has scored 28+ points in five quarters this season
• Baylor has scored 30+ points in 21 of its last 23 games and 40+ points in 17 of those contests.
• Baylor leads the country in tackles for loss with 11.3 per game.
• Baylor leads the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 27 TDs on 43 drives (.628).
• Baylor is 1 of only 2 teams in the country that is top-10 in total offense and top-15 in total defense.
• Baylor is 1st in the country in passing offense, averaging 444.3 yards per game through the air.
• Baylor leads the FBS by averaging 19.9 yards per completion.
• Baylor is 5th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 307.0 yards per game.
• Baylor leads the country in team passing efficiency with a 239.63 rating.
• Baylor is 3rd in the NCAA in turnover margin with a +2.0 per game mark.
• Baylor's defense is 1st in the nation in red zone defense, giving up points only 44.4 percent of the time.
• Baylor ranks 15th in the country in total defense, surrendering only 297 yards per game.
• Baylor is 9th in the NCAA in sacks with 3.33 per game.
• Baylor's QBs have the highest completion percentage in the country at 75.3 percent.
• Baylor has scored in the 1st quarter in 19 of its last 20 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
• Baylor has scored in 11 of 12 quarters this season and has scored in 35 of its last 37 quarters played.
• In the only previous meeting between BU and WWU, the Mountaineers won a 70-63 shootout last year.
• Baylor has converted 20 of 35 (57%) of 3rd downs this year. That mark is 7th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
• Baylor has outscored its opponent 143-20 in the first half of its three games this season.
• Baylor has completed 12 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 9 for TDs.
• Baylor's game will be nationally televised for the 28th time in the last 29 games and the 21st straight.
• Baylor is 7-14 in October games under Briles.
• QB Bryce Petty leads the country with a passing efficiency rating of 239.5. He is also 5th nationally and 1st in the Big 12 with 333.7 passing yards per game. He leads the NCAA with 20.02 yards per completion. The junior signal caller is also 2nd in the country in completion percentage at 74.6 percent. In each of his 3 starts this season, Petty has thrown for at least 300 yards and 2 TDs.
• RB Lache Seastrunk is 9th nationally and 1st in the Big 12 with 139.0 rushing yards per game. He is also 2nd in the NCAA and leads the Big 12 in scoring with 12.0 points per game. His 6 rushing TDs in 2013 are 12th nationally and 1st in the conference
• Seastrunk has rushed for 100+ yards in a school-record 7 straight contests & is averaging 9.77 yards per carry in that stretch (108 rushes for 1,055 yards). He had 111 yards and 2 TDs vs. Wofford, 17 carries for 150 yards and 3 TDs against Buffalo and 10 rushes for 156 yards with 1 TD vs. ULM.
• Baylor is the only school in the country with 2 receivers in the top 10 for receiving yards per game. Junior Antwan Goodley is 5th nationally and 1st in the conference with 123.3 per game, while senior Tevin Reese is 10th in the FBS and is 3rd in the Big 12 with 116.7 per contest. Both are on the Biletnikoff watch list.
• Goodley is 15th in the NCAA with 4 TD catches in 2013. That mark leads the Big 12. He has caught at least 1 score in 4 straight games.
• Goodley tied a career-high with 5 catches and had 90 receiving yards against Wofford, while racking up 124 yards on 4 receptions with a TD against Buffalo. He posted 5 grabs for 156 yards and 2 TDs vs. ULM.
• Reese ranks 6th in receptions (164), 4th in yards (2,585) and tied for 3rd in TDs (19) in BU history. He had 5 catches for 97 yards and 1 TD in week 1, then had 4 catches for 130 yards and a TD vs. Buffalo and 6 catches for 123 yards and 1 TD vs. ULM.
• Reese has scored 17 of his 19 career TD receptions from 40+ yards. He averages 51.6 yards per career TD reception. Reese has caught a TD in 5 straight games.
• RB Glasco Martin had 15 rushing TDs in 2012, the 2nd-most in BU history. He has 19 for his career, which is tied for 7th all-time at BU.
• PK Aaron Jones is 28-for-28 on PATs to start the year. He is BU's all-time leader in scoring with 358 points and career leader in FG made (46).
• Jones currently leads the nation among active players with 135 consecutive PATs converted. That is a school record with Jones not having missed a PAT since Nov. 5, 2011. He has 220 career PATs made and is only 33 from breaking the NCAA all-time record (Art Carmody, Louisville, 253).
• WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 17 consecutive games.
• DE Shawn Oakman is second in the country with 2.7 TFLs per game.
• S Terrell Burt won the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week honor following the ULM game. He had a career-high 7 tackles (4 solo) and an interception, which he returned 63 yards for a TD.
• DE Chris McAllister sparked BU's defense early vs. Wofford returning an interception 25 yards for a TD. He also had 4 tackles and a sack in the game, after leading the Bears with 6 sacks a year ago. He's tied for 8th on the Baylor career sacks list with 10.0.
• LB Bryce Hager had a 91-yard fumble return TD in the 2nd quarter vs. Buffalo, the 2nd-longest fumble return in program history. Last season, Hager led the Big 12 in tackles (9.5 per game). His father, Britt, is a former Texas All-American and Philadelphia Eagle.
• NB Sam Holl is 24th in the country and 2nd in the Big 12 with 0.8 sacks per game.
• Over the last 2-plus seasons, CB Joe Williams has 27 PBUs; the rest of the defense has a combined 42. He had a 41-yard INT return for a TD in the win over ULM.
• S Ahmad Dixon transitioned back to his original position, after serving as a nickelback in 2012 and had 8 tackles and 1.0 TFL vs. Wofford. The Thorpe Award candidate posted five tackles and one blocked PAT against Buffalo.
• DE Terrance Lloyd picked up half a sack vs. Buffalo and is now only .5 sacks away from cracking BU's top 10 list with 9.0.
• DE Jamal Palmer filled up the stat sheet vs. Wofford with 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. He is 6th in the country and 2nd in the Big 12 with .67 fumbles forced per game. His .67 fumbles recovered per game are 4th-best in the NCAA and 1st in the Big 12.
BRILES' SYSTEM IS AMERICA'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor leads the country in total offense (751.3 ypg.), scoring offense (69.7 ppg.), passing offense (444.3 ypg.) and passing efficiency (239.63). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (1st, 444.3) and rushing offense (5th, 307.0). Baylor's offensive machine has ranked among the nation's top two offenses in each of the past three seasons, the only school to achieve the feat.
BAYLOR SCORING AT LIGHTNING PACE
The Bears have scored 24 of their 25 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including 11 in under one minute. BU is averaging 5.3 plays per TD drive in 2013 with an average length of 65.7 yards and an average time of 1:25. Baylor's lone touchdown drive over two minutes was seven seconds over at 2:07.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first three games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 140 rushes on the season and only 89 passes. Baylor is the nation's only team to rank among the top 25 in both rushing and passing in each of the last four years.
BAYLOR PROVIDING FREE TICKETS TO WEST RESIDENTS
In Baylor's continuing effort to help the city of West, Texas, recover from the devastating explosion and fires on April 17, all of its residents and first responders were invited to attend the West Virginia game. In addition to working with West community leaders to provide complimentary tickets, an on-field ceremony with participation expected from City of West officials and first responders, along with staff from West ISD, Baylor University and the Texas Baptist Men, will be held at halftime. There will also be a moment of silence for the 15 individuals who lost their lives during the tragedy in West and coach Art Briles' Bears will wear a special helmet sticker during the game.
400 YARDS - COMMONPLACE FOR BAYLOR OFFENSE
Baylor has racked up over 400 yards of offense in 30 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak and 13 more than the next closest school (Texas A&M, 17). The last time BU failed to reach the 400-yard plateau was Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Oklahoma (361). Under Briles, Baylor has had more than 400 yards of offense in 46 of 66 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 29 games with over 400 yards of total offense, which is tied with Oklahoma State for the most in the country in that time period.
BU DEFENSE SCORING MORE THAN ITS ALLOWING
The Bears have four defensive touchdowns in their first three games of 2013, while allowing only three TDs in that span. In three seasons under Bennett, Baylor has scored 11 defensive TDs, after combining for four defensive TDs in the three seasons prior to his arrival.
Baylor's defense under coordinator Phil Bennett has demonstrated a knack for making big plays at key moments to contribute to the Bears winning ways over the past three seasons. In two-plus years under Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in 25 of 29 games - a total of 63 takeaways (39 interceptions, 24 fumbles recovered). Fifty-two of those 63 takeaways have come over the last 20 games, an average 2.6 per game (Baylor is 16-4 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 19-2 when recording two or more takeaways. This year, BU has forced nine takeaways (five INTs, four fumbles).
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTING D
Baylor's defense ranks first nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 11.3 per game, while individually Shawn Oakman is second in the country with 2.7 TFLs per game. The Bears have totaled 34 stops behind the line of scrimmage for 90 yards in total losses - including 10 sacks for -43 yards, which ranks ninth nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference. Sam Holl leads the squad with 2.5 sacks through three games.
STARTING OFFENSE NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE
Quarterback Bryce Petty and Baylor's starting offense have only played five total series after halftime through the first three games (played two drives vs. Wofford and ULM, one vs. Buffalo). In total, the starting offense has had 26 drives that have resulted in 21 touchdowns, one field goal, one punt, one turnover on downs and two fumbles (two End Of Halfs and 4 defensive TDs not included). The average offensive scoring drive has been 1:09.
PETTY EFFICIENT IN FIRST THREE STARTS
In his first three starts, Bryce Petty (Midlothian, Texas) has made the transition to starter very effectively. Against Wofford, he threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 24 passing. He then completed 13 of 16 passes for 338 yards and two TDs against Buffalo. For that performance, Petty earned a rating of 99.7 out of a 100 in ESPN's Total QBR system. That is the highest single-game performance for any QB this season. In the win over ULM, Petty was 18 of 27 for 351 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 26 yards and one TD. Petty owns the season lead in the ratings system at 98.4. Petty served as the backup to Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence the past two seasons. The junior had thrown just 14 passes in 11 career games played entering 2013, but has been through three seasons and four spring drills at Baylor since signing in 2009 and enrolling in January 2010. BU was one of just seven FBS programs that entered 2013 with no QB on its roster who has started a game. Petty was tabbed as a preseason All-Big 12 first-team performer by Phil Steele.