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FB to Face Texas Tech at Cotton Bowl

Baylor (4-1, 1-0) vs. Texas Tech (2-2, 0-2)
Oct. 9, 2010 | 11 a.m. CDT
Dallas, Texas
| Cotton Bowl (92,348)

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Texas Tech leads 35-32-1
Baylor leads 18-11
    Lubbock: Texas Tech leads 23-14-1
    Neutral: Texas Tech leads 1-0
    First Meeting: Baylor won, 34-0 [Nov. 2, 1929]
    Last Meeting: Texas Tech won, 20-13 [Nov. 28, 2009]

4-1, 1-0 Big 12
Ranking: RV/RV (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 46-45 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 12-17 (3rd season)
    vs. Texas Tech: 0-2
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [52 att., 259 yards, 1 TD]
    Passing: Robert Griffin III [101-163, 1,351 yds, 11 TD, 2 INT]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [22 rec., 304 yards, 2 TD]
Byron Landor [43 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 FR]

2-2, 0-2 Big 12
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville
   Career Record:
112-62 (15th season)
   TT Record: 2-2 (1st season)
   vs. Baylor: 0-0
Statistical Leaders:
Baron Batch [44 att., 179 yards, 2 TD]
Taylor Potts [119-184, 1,187 yards, 13 TD, 3 INT]
Lyle Leong [29 rec., 376 yards, 9 TD]
Brian Duncan [23 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 6.0 SACKS]

For the first time since 2005, Baylor has started the season 4-1. Now, the Bears (4-1, 1-0) are seeking only their second 2-0 conference start in the Big 12 era when they face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT. The game will be televised nationally on FSN and FSN HD.

Baylor, which is 11-12-1 all-time at the Cotton Bowl, has not won consecutive games away from Floyd Casey Stadium since 1996. Last week's record-setting win over Kansas marked the earliest Baylor reached the four-win mark since 1994. In Baylor's four wins, the Bears have allowed only two touchdowns and five field goals. Baylor has held its opponents to a 7.3 points average in four victories.

Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, who has tossed 10 40-yard passes (seven for TDs), ranks second in the Big 12 in passing efficiency (151.4), second in total offense (314.4 yards/game) and fifth in passing yards (270.2 yards/game). RG3 also ranks ninth nationally in total offense and 24th in passing efficiency.

Texas Tech (2-2, 0-2) enters Saturday on a two-game losing streak, following conference losses to Texas (24-14) and at Iowa State (52-38). Saturday's showdown will feature a battle of two of the Big 12's top quarterbacks -- Baylor's Griffin III (1351 yards, 11 TD-2 INT) and Texas Tech's Taylor Potts (1187 yards, 13 TD-3 INT).

Baylor is among 11 teams receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and 13 teams receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches polls. Baylor received 10 points in the AP Poll -- the seventh-most among schools receiving votes and the highest tally this season for the Bears.

Baylor received one vote in this week's USA Today/ESPN poll, marking the first time the Bears have appeared in the Coaches poll this season.

With Baylor receiving votes in each poll this week, it marks the first time in the Art Briles era that the Bears have received votes in both polls in the same week.

Several school records were broken during Baylor's 55-7 record-setting win over Kansas in last week's Big 12 Conference opener for both schools. Below is a list of school records broken:

  • Baylor established a school record with 678 yards of total offense;
  • Baylor established a school record with 434 passing yards;
  • Baylor's 55 points were the most in a Big 12 Conference game;
  • The 48-point margin of victory was Baylor's largest in a conference game;
  • Robert Griffin III's 94-yard TD pass to Josh Gordon was the longest offensive play from scrimmage in school history;
  • Griffin III established a school record with 444 yards of total offense;
  • Griffin III became Baylor's career leader in rushing touchdowns by a QB with 19.

Redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones, nicknamed `Stork' by coach Art Briles, is 10-of-12 on FG attempts, including 8-of-9 from 30+ yards. Through five games, Jones has made more FGs (10) than Baylor did as a team during the entire 2009 season (9-of-14).

With his 50-yard FG vs. Kansas last week, redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones became the 10th kicker in Baylor history to connect on a 50+ yard FG. Jones' 50-yard FG is just the 16th 50+yard kick in Baylor history and the first since Adam Stiles (50) against Texas A&M in 2001.

QB Robert Griffin III has accounted for 13 plays of 30+ yards in 2010, including nine for touchdowns (eight pass, one run). In addition, Griffin III has tossed five passes of 50+ yards with four going for touchdowns and 10 passes of 40+ yards. Five different receivers have caught a 40+ yard TD pass from Griffin III this season.

Second-year sophomore TE Jerod Monk, a former high school QB, recorded his career-first receiving TD Sept. 25 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).

Monk is joined by IR Kendall Wright, who threw his career-first TD pass last Saturday vs. Kansas. For his career, Wright has caught 11 TD passes, while rushing for two more.

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 153 receiving yards on 10 catches and three touchdowns. As a junior TE in 2008, Akers had eight catches for 118 yards and two TDs.

Baylor's defense held Kansas to seven points -- the fewest points allowed by Baylor in a Big 12 game since holding Kansas State to three points in a 17-3 win in 2006. Through five games in 2010, Baylor is allowing 14.8 points per contest (74 total points). In comparison, Baylor allowed an average of 22.4 points through five games to start 2009 (115 total points). In Baylor's four wins, the Bears have allowed only two touchdowns and five field goals. Baylor has held its opponents to a 7.3 points average in four victories.

Baylor's defense has allowed just nine third-quarter points -- outscoring opponents 49-9 in the quarter -- and 26 second-half points -- outscoring opponents 65-26 -- through five games.

Through five games, Baylor has tallied 10 sacks. Last season, Baylor had 18 total sacks in 12 games.

With five receptions in Baylor's 55-7 record-setting win vs. Kansas on Oct. 2, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 29 games of his career. Wright's streak of 29 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks 11th nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision players. His streak is the third-longest active streak by a Big 12 player behind Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (30) and Colorado's Scotty McKnight (41).



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