|15/15 BAYLOR (4-0, 1-0) vs. NR/NR KANSAS STATE (2-3, 0-2)
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Manhattan, Kan. | Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
TV: FOX (Channel Listings)
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Baylor plays its first road game of 2013 when it faces Kansas State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FOX.
Baylor currently owns an 8-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (fourth-longest active streak in the FBS).
Baylor leads the country in total offense, averaging 781.5 yards per game. In 4 games this season, BU has notched 4 of the top-5 single game yardage totals in program history with 692 vs. Wofford, 781 vs. Buffalo and ULM and a school-record and Big 12 record 872 vs. West Virginia.
Baylor leads the country in scoring offense with 70.5 points per game. The Bears have posted the top-four scoring outputs in school history in the modern-era (post-WWII) in their first four games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. both Buffalo and ULM and 73 vs. West Virginia.
Baylor leads the country in passing offense, averaging 432.3 yards per game through the air.
Baylor is 2nd in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 349.2 yards per game.
Baylor has scored at least 28 points in 6 of 8 first-half quarters this season with its starters on the field (no other FBS team has scored 28 or more in more than 2 quarters).
Baylor's offense has suffered just one 3-and-out in 61 drives this season (leads nation).
Baylor's defense leads the country in tackles for loss with 10.3 per game.
Baylor ranks 17th in the country in total defense, surrendering only 321.3 yards per game.
Baylor is 1 of only 3 teams (Florida State, Washington) in the country that is top-10 in total offense and top-20 in total defense.
Baylor is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1991 when the Bears started the year 5-0. Baylor is seeking the 12th 5-0 start in program history and just the 4th since 1960 vs. K-State.
Baylor moved up to No. 15 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches poll, after its win over WVU.
Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 31 straight games and is averaging 606.1 yards per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
Baylor's offense has topped 750 yards in 3 straight games and surpassed 600 yards in 6 of its last 7 (7-0 record in that span).
Baylor leads the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 37 TDs on 58 drives (.638).
Baylor's starting offense has had 36 drives this season that have resulted in 31 scores (30 TDs, 1 FG), 2 punts, one interception and 2 fumbles.
Baylor leads the FBS by averaging 19.87 yards per completion.
Baylor leads the country in team passing efficiency with a 218.96 rating.
Baylor is 31 of 50 (62%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 2nd best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 9 of its last 11 games (Baylor's record is 9-2 in that span). BU is 19-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
Baylor's defense has tallied 20 sacks over its last 5 games (4 vs. WVU, 2 vs. ULM, 2 vs. Buffalo, 6 against Wofford and 6 in Holiday Bowl win over UCLA). BU is 20-4 over the past 3+ years when having 2 or more sacks in a game. Baylor is 7th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 nationally in sacks with 3.50 per contest.
Baylor's defense is third in the country in forcing 3-and-outs, doing so on 29 of 62 chances (.468).
Baylor's defense is 1st in the nation in red zone defense, giving up points only 45.5 percent of the time.
Baylor ranks 14th in the FBS and 3rd in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 16.3 points per game.
Baylor is 22nd nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 in rushing defense allowing only 112.3 yards per game.
Baylor's QBs are ranked 6th in completion percentage in FBS at 71.3 percent. That mark leads the Big 12.
Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 13th-best nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 at 102.10.
Baylor has scored 41+ points in a school-record 10 straight games (previous high: 8 straight in 2011-12).
Baylor ranks 21st in tackles for loss allowed and first in the Big 12, giving up only 4.25 per game.
Baylor has outscored its opponent 199-34 in the 1st half of its 4 games this season.
Baylor has completed 16 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 12 for TDs.
Baylor's combined 283 points scored in the first 4 games are the most over any 4-game stretch in school history and more total points than BU has scored in 58 of the last 68 full seasons.
A total of 17 Baylor players have earned preseason mention on various national award watch lists as well as All-America and All-Big 12 projections. [complete list of preseason honors on pages 8 & 9]
Bryce Petty leads the nation in Pass Efficiency (229.6) and Yds/Comp (20.12).
Petty leads Big 12 in Passing Yds (337.0) and Completion % (72.8).
Lache Seastrunk: 147.3 Rush Yds/Gm (2nd nationally, 1st Big 12); 8 TDs (5th nation, 1st Big 12).
Seastrunk leads NCAA with 8-straight 100-yard rushing games (school record) [9.98 yds/att. in that span].
Junior Antwan Goodley is 4th nationally and 1st in Big 12 with 135.0 receiving yards/game, senior Tevin Reese is 17th in FBS and 2nd in Big 12 with 106.3. Both are on Biletnikoff watch list.
Goodley ranks 13th in NCAA & leads Big 12 with 5 TDs in 2013. He has 5-game TD reception streak.
Reese ranks 4th in receptions (167), 3rd in yards (2,660) and 3rd in TDs (20) in BU history.
Reese has scored 18 of his 20 career TD receptions from 40+ yards. He averages 51.37 yards per career TD reception. Reese has 6-game TD reception streak.
RB Glasco Martin has 3 rushing TDs in 2013 (had 15 in 2012, the 2nd-most in BU history). He has 21 for his career, which ranks 7th all-time at BU.
DE Shawn Oakman is second in NCAA with 2.3 TFLs per game.
DE Chris McAllister is tied for 8th on school career sacks list with 10.0.
DE Terrance Lloyd is .5 sacks shy of cracking BU's top 10 list with 9.0.
WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 18 consecutive games.
S Terrell Burt won the Big 12's Defensive POW after ULM game. Career-high 7 tackles (4 solo) and INT (returned 63 yards for TD).
PK Aaron Jones is perfect 37-for-37 on PATs in 2013. BU's all-time leader in scoring with 370 points and career leader in FG made (47).
Jones boasts NCAA's active streak of 144 straight made PATs (school record). 229 career made PATs is 24 shy of NCAA all-time record (Art Carmody, Louisville, 253).
P Spencer Roth leads Big 12 with 48.6 avg but has punted just 7 times in 4 games.
BRILES' SYSTEM IS AMERICA'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor leads the country in total offense (781.5 ypg.), scoring offense (70.5 ppg.), passing offense (432.3 ypg.) and passing efficiency (218.96). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (1st, 432.3) and rushing offense (2nd, 349.2). 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 29 of their 35 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including 14 in under one minute. BU is averaging 5.7 plays per scoring drive in 2013 with an average length of 66.4 yards and an average time of 1:36.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first four games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 201 rushes on the season and only 122 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.
OFFENSE FLEXING ITS MUSCLE
Baylor has seven quarters this season in which it has scored 28 or more points. That number equals the number of times the Bears scored 28+ points in a quarter in their 1,137 all-time games entering the year.
BEARS START FAST
BU has scored first in three of its four games this year to help it outscore its opponents by a combined total of 122-20 in the opening quarter. BU has got on the scoreboard in the 1st quarter in 20 of its last 21 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
400 YARDS - COMMONPLACE FOR BAYLOR OFFENSE
Baylor has racked up over 400 yards of offense in 31 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak and 14 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 47 of 67 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 30 games with over 400 yards of total offense, which is the most in the country in that time period.
DEFENSIVE SCORING BOLSTERS POTENT OFFENSIVE ATTACK
The Bears have four defensive touchdowns in 2013 with three interception return touchdown and one fumble return for a TD. 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 26 of 30 games - a total of 64 takeaways (40 interceptions, 24 fumbles recovered). Fifty-three of those 64 takeaways have come over the last 21 games, an average 2.5 per game (Baylor is 17-4 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 19-2 when recording two or more takeaways. This year, BU has forced 10 takeaways (six INTs, four fumbles).
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTING D
Baylor's defense ranks first nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 10.3 per game, while individually Shawn Oakman is second in the country with 2.3 TFLs per game. The Bears have totaled 41 stops behind the line of scrimmage for 125 yards in total losses - including 14 sacks for -68 yards, which ranks seventh nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference. Sam Holl leads the squad with 2.5 sacks through four games.
STARTING OFFENSE NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE
Quarterback Bryce Petty and Baylor's starting offense have only played six total series after halftime through the first four games (played two drives vs. Wofford and ULM, one vs. Buffalo and WVU). In total, the starting offense has had 36 drives that have resulted in 30 touchdowns, one field goal, one punt, one turnover on downs, one interception and two fumbles (three End Of Halfs and 4 defensive TDs not included).
PETTY NATION'S BEST IN FIRST FOUR STARTS
In his first four 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 third 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. In the Big 12 opener, Petty was 17 for 25 for 347 yards and 2 TDs. Petty owns the season lead in the ratings system at 97.7. 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.