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Football Opens Big 12 Play at Oklahoma

Baylor (3-1) vs. No. 19/21 Oklahoma (2-2)
Oct. 10, 2009 | 2:37 p.m. CDT
Norman, Okla.
| Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112)
TV: ABC (regional)
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Television: ABC (regional)
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Oklahoma leads 18-0
Oklahoma 9-0
    Norman: Oklahoma 9-0
    Neutral: Never Met
    First Meeting: Oklahoma 17-6 [Oct. 26, 1901]
    Last Meeting: Oklahoma 49-17 [Oct. 4, 2008]

3-1, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 41-39 (7th season)
    Baylor Record: 7-9 (2nd season)
    vs. Oklahoma: 2-0
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [22-212-1]
    Passing: Robert Griffin [45-69-0-481-4]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [24-314-2]
    Tackles: Joe Pawelek [16-24-40]

2-2, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: 19/21
Head Coach: Bob Stoops
   Career Record: 111-26 (11th season)
   Oklahoma Record: 111-26 (11th season)
   vs. Baylor: 10-0
Statistical Leaders:
DeMarco Murray [55-299-3]
   Passing: Landry Jones [67-111-3-861-10]
   Receiving: Ryan Broyles [23-346-7]
   Tackles: Travis Lewis [23-16-39]

Baylor returns to action Saturday, Oct. 10, traveling to Norman, Okla., for a Big 12 Conference game against Oklahoma. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:37 p.m. CDT at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the Oklahoma campus. This is the first conference game for both teams. Saturday's game will be televised regionally on ABC.

The Bears (3-1, 0-0) defeated Kent State 31-15 at home last Saturday. Baylor is 1-0 on the road this season, winning 24-21 at Wake Forest in the season opener. The Sooners (2-2, 0-0) dropped a 21-20 decision at Miami-FL last Saturday. Oklahoma is 2-0 at home this season with wins over Idaho State (64-0) and Tulsa (45-0). The Sooners have won 24 consecutive home games since a 17-10 loss to TCU in the 2005 season opener. Oklahoma is ranked 19th nationally in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and No. 21 in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll.

This is the 19th meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma; the Sooners have dominated the series, winning each of the first 18 meetings. The Sooners' margin of victory has been less than 10 points only three times: 28-24 in 1996, 24-23 in 1997 and 37-30 in double overtime in 2005.

Baylor and Oklahoma first met Oct. 26, 1901; the Sooners left Waco that day with a 17-6 victory. The teams did not play again until 1973, a 42-14 Oklahoma victory in Waco. The Bears and Sooners met again the following season in Norman with OU winning 28-11. Baylor and Oklahoma met twice more before the inception of the Big 12 in 1996, playing at Norman during the 1984 and 1989 seasons.

Saturday's game is the 124th televised game in Baylor football history; the Bears are 41-80-2 all-time in televised games, including a 2-0 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 26th all-time game on ABC and its second this season. The Bears defeated Wake Forest 24-21 on ABC in the 2009 season opener.

Baylor is 45-43-4 (.511) all-time in conference openers. The Bears are 3-10 in Big 12 Conference openers. Baylor won its Big 12 opener in 2002 (def. Kansas 35-32), in 2003 (def. Colorado 42-30) and in 2006 (def. Kansas State 17-3). The Bears have never won a Big 12 opener on the road (1996 at Texas Tech, 1998 at Colorado, 1999 at Oklahoma, 2001 at Iowa State, 2004 at Texas, 2005 at Texas A&M).

This is the third time Baylor has played Oklahoma in its Big 12 opener, doing so for the second straight season. The Bears suffered a 41-10 loss at Norman in 1999 and a 49-17 loss at Floyd Casey Stadium last season. Baylor opened Big 12 play against Colorado, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech twice each, and against Kansas, Kansas State and Texas once each.

In 79 seasons as a member of the Southwest Conference, Baylor was 42-33-4 (.557) in league openers. The Bears won six of their last seven, 10 of their last 12 and 14 of their last 17 such SWC games.



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