|20/24 Baylor (4-1, 1-1) at 21/23 Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1)
Oct. 15, 2011 | 11 a.m. CT
College Station, Texas | Kyle field (82,600)
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• Long-time conference rivals, No. 20/24 Baylor and No. 21/23 Texas A&M, will meet Saturday for the 108th installment of the "Battle of the Brazos" series in College Station. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT on FX.
• For only the seventh time in 108 series meetings, both Baylor and Texas A&M are ranked in the AP Top 25. Saturday will be the first such meeting since Oct. 19, 1991, when No. 16 Baylor lost 34-12 to No. 19 Texas A&M in Waco.
• Heisman Trophy candidate QB Robert Griffin III has completed a nation-leading 80.3 percent of his passes (114-of-142). He has thrown only one interception in his last 203 pass attempts. RG3 is one of only 12 FBS quarterbacks averaging more than 300 passing yards per game.
• RG3 is second in the nation in pass efficiency (212.94) and is on pace to shatter the NCAA single-season record (186.0 by Hawai`i QB Colt Brennan in 2006). He also leads the nation in passing TDs (19) and points responsibility (25.2).
• Baylor is the only FBS school averaging 300+ yards passing and 200+ yards rushing through five games. In fact, Baylor is the only team ranked in the top 20 in both categories.
• Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (214.07), ranks third in total offense (562.80), fourth in scoring offense (47.60), 10th in rushing offense (239.20) and 14th in passing offense (323.60).
• RG3 has thrown an NCAA-leading 19 TD passes that have totaled 566 yards (29.8 yards per TD).
• IR Kendall Wright, the most prolific receiver in school history, is Baylor's all-time leader in career receptions (242), career receiving yards (3,031) and career receiving touchdowns (24).
• Wright ranks third nationally in receptions (9.6) and fourth in receiving yards per game (138.00).
STILL THE NATION'S BEST
QB Robert Griffin III leads the nation in completion percentage (80.3), points responsibility (25.2), and passing TDs (19), ranks second nationally in passing efficiency (212.94), fifth in total offense (360.00) and 12th in passing yards per game (304.00)
RG3 is one of 12 FBS quarterbacks -- and two Big 12 signal-callers -- averaging more than 300 passing yards per game.
MAKE WAY FOR GANAWAY
Senior RB Terrance Ganaway rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three TDs to lead Baylor to a 49-26 Big 12 home win Oct. 8 over Iowa State. It was Ganaway's second career 100-yard rushing game, while posting just the fifth 200-yard rushing game in school history.
In the fourth quarter against Iowa State, Ganaway became the 30th 1,000-yard rusher in program history. Ganaway's 1,031 yards rank 29th all-time in program history.
Through five games, Ganaway's 536 rushing yards surpassed his previous Baylor career total (495) through 25 games.
THE DEFENSE CAN SCORE, TOO
Baylor's defense has returned a turnover for a touchdown two times in the last three games -- both at home. In the third quarter of Baylor's win over Iowa State (Oct. 8), DE Tevin Elliott scooped up a Steele Jantz fumble and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.
Against Rice (Sept. 24), NB Ahmad Dixon returned his career-first interception 55 yards for a score.
Saturday's 108th edition of the "Battle of the Brazos" will be televised nationally on FX. Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Tim Brewster (sideline reporter) will serve as the on-air talent.
TEXAS A&M SERIES HISTORY
Saturday is the 108th "Battle of the Brazos" series between Baylor and Texas A&M in football, the most-played series in Baylor football history. The Aggies hold a 67-31-9 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to a 33-0 A&M victory in 1899. Texas A&M also leads the series 31-10-3 in games played in College Station.
Baylor and Texas A&M have played every season since 1931 save the 1943 and 1944 seasons when Baylor did not field a team due to World War II.
SERIES NOTES: Texas A&M holds a 13-2 advantage in the series since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 ... Baylor has only two victories over Texas A&M since 1985, a 35-34 overtime victory at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2004 and a 41-21 rout in Waco in 2008 ... In 1936, Baylor and 14th-ranked Texas A&M battled to a scoreless tie in the Bears' first-ever game against a ranked opponent ... The following season, Baylor posted its first-ever victory over a ranked opponent as the 15th-ranked Bears blanked the 13th-ranked Aggies 13-0. That also was Baylor's first game as a ranked team; it propelled the Bears to a 5-0 record and a No. 5 national ranking ... A 21-21 tie in 1951 stopped Baylor's 4-0 season start. ... In 1965, Kenny Stockdale was 20-of-27 for 286 yards and two TDs as the Bears shut out the Aggies 31-0 ... In 1979 Baylor victory, Mike Singletary recorded 22 tackles ... In 2010 meeting, Baylor led 30-21 at halftime; A&M scored 28 unanswered to beat the Bears, 42-30 ... Baylor is winless in its last 12 trips to College Station (0-11-1) and hasn't won in College Station since 1984 (20-16).
DEFENSIVE RETURNS IN THE BIG 12 ERA
DE Tevin Elliott's 86-yard fumble return for a touchdown Oct. 8 vs. Iowa State is Baylor's longest defensive scoring play in the Big 12 era and the longest fumble return for a score since Keith Caldwell's 86-yard return Oct. 10, 1992, at TCU.
Elliott's fumble return for a TD was the first by a Baylor player since the late Anthony Arline returned a fumble 40 yards for a score Sept. 16, 2006, vs. Washington State in Seattle.
Baylor has 13 fumble returns for touchdowns in the Big 12 era, and 28 total defensive returns for TDs (13 fumble returns, 15 INT returns).
A RARE RANKED OCCURRENCE
For only the seventh time in 108 series meetings, both Baylor (20 AP/24 Coaches) and Texas A&M (21 AP/23 Coaches) are ranked in the Top 25. Saturday will be the first such meeting since Oct. 19, 1991, when No. 16 Baylor lost 34-12 to No. 19 Texas A&M in Waco. It will be the first such meeting in College Station since Oct. 22, 1955.
Baylor is 2-3-1 in the previous six meetings with both teams ranked. Baylor is 7-4-2 as a ranked team against Texas A&M.
WHO NEEDS THE RED ZONE?
Week-in and week-out, Baylor's prolific offense, which ranks fourth nationally in scoring offense and third in total offense, continues to post impressive numbers. Baylor's offense has produced 31 touchdowns -- 14 of which have come outside the red zone.
Of those 14 TDs, 10 have gone for 35 yards or more (nine passing, one rush). Three of the longest pass plays in the Big 12 this season belong to Robert Griffin III and have all gone for touchdowns -- 66 vs. Stephen F. Austin, 64 vs. TCU and 64 vs. Rice (all TD passes and completed to three different receivers -- Kendall Wright, Tevin Reese and Lanear Sampson).
INSTANT OFFENSE IN TWO MINUTES (OR LESS)
Baylor, which is tied for fourth nationally in scoring offense (47.6 points per game) through five games, is averaging under two minutes (1:56) time of possession on 34 scoring drives. By comparison, Baylor averaged 2:27 on its scoring drives in 2010.
16 of Baylor's 34 scoring drives have taken less than two minutes, including seven scoring drives of less than 60 seconds.
Baylor has only six scoring drives that have taken three minutes or more -- three of those came Oct. 8 against Iowa State.
Three Baylor secondary members have recorded 10 or more unassisted tackles than assisted tackles. CB Chance Casey (29 unassisted) has a team-best 35 tackles. S Mike Hicks (26 unassisted) has 33 total tackles, while S Sam Holl has 30 tackles -- 26 unassisted. 11 of LB Rodney Chadwick's 14 tackles have been unassisted.
QB Robert Griffin III, who is the Baylor single-season and career completion percentage leader, has completed a nation-leading 80.3 percent of his passes (114-of-142) through five games. He also owns the Baylor single-game completion percentage record (minimum of 20 attempts and minimum of 30 attempts).
RG3 ranks second nationally in passing efficiency (212.94) and is on pace to shatter the NCAA single-season record (186.00).
RG3'S PUSH FOR THE HEISMAN
BU-RG3.com is an informative and interactive site to promote Baylor's Heisman Trophy candidate, Robert Griffin III. Baylor also launched the "RG3 for Heisman" Facebook page and "RG3 for Heisman" Twitter account (@RG3forHeisman).