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Football Heads West to Face Colorado

Baylor (4-2, 1-1) at Colorado (3-2, 0-1)
Oct. 16, 2010 | 6 p.m. CDT
Boulder, Colo.
| Folsom Field (53,613)
TV: FOX College Sports Central

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Colorado leads 9-6
Colorado leads 4-2
    Boulder: Colorado leads 5-3
    Neutral: Baylor leads 1-0
    First Meeting: Baylor won, 15-7 [Sept. 26, 1959]
    Last Meeting: Colorado won, 43-23 [Oct. 10, 2007]

4-2, 1-1 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 46-46 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 12-18 (3rd season)
    vs. Colorado: 0-0
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [65 att., 304 yards, 1 TD]
    Passing: Robert Griffin III [132-205, 1735 yards, 13 TD, 2 INT]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [33 rec., 449 yards, 3 TD]
Byron Landor [53 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 FR]

3-2, 0-1 Big 12
Head Coach: Dan Hawkins
   Career Record:
111-58-1 (15th season)
   Colorado Record: 19-35 (5th season)
   vs. Baylor: 1-1
Statistical Leaders:
Rodney Stewart [104 att., 493 yards, 3 TD]
Tyler Hansen [82-126, 833 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT]
Scotty McKnight [21 rec., 250 yards, 2 TD]
Anthony Perkins [33 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 FR, 1 PBU]

In the final series meeting as Big 12 Conference members, Baylor (4-2, 1-1) travels to the Centennial State to face Colorado (3-2, 0-1) in Boulder. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports Central.

Baylor, 0-3 in its last three Big 12 games away from Waco, has scored 93 combined points in its last two conference games -- the most by a Bears team in the Big 12 era. Baylor ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring defense (19.8 points/game) and has allowed only two touchdowns and five field goals in four victories this season.

QB Robert Griffin III continues his record-setting sophomore season after becoming the second Baylor QB to pass for 300+ yards in back-to-back Big 12 games. Griffin III leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in total offense (329.0 yards/game). The Copperas Cove, Texas, native is Baylor's career leader in completion percentage (62.3), passing efficiency, touchdown responsibility and TD-INT ratio. With the return of Griffin III, Baylor's scoring has increased from 20.8 points per game in 2009 to 33.5 through six games in 2010.

Colorado (3-2, 0-1) dropped its Big 12 opener last weekend at Missouri, 26-0. The Buffaloes have scored 30+ points only once this season, while BU has reached the 30-point plateau in five of their six games.

Baylor's receiving trio of IR Kendall Wright, WR Terrance Williams and WR Josh Gordon have combined for 73 receptions, 1,135 yards and 11 receiving TDs. Colorado's receivers have combined for 966 yards on 96 catches with five TDs.

Baylor is averaging 21.0 first-half points as compared to 12.5 second-half points through six games in 2010. Conversely, Baylor opponents are averaging 13.8 points in the first half and 6.0 in the second half. Baylor is outscoring the opposition in all four quarters.

In the first 19 games to open his career, sophomore QB Robert Griffin III had never thrown for 300+ yards. In the last two games, Griffin III has thrown for the seventh- and eighth-highest single-game passing yards in school history. After throwing for 380 yards in Baylor's 55-7 win over Kansas on Oct. 2, Griffin III threw for a career-high 384 yards in the Bears' 45-38 loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 9.

Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III has completed 73.1 percent of his passes (57-of-78) in two Big 12 games this season, while throwing for 764 yards and a 176.5 passing efficiency. In the eight Big 12 games during his 2008 freshman campaign, Griffin III completed 59.8 percent of his passes (113-of-189) with a 129.9 passing efficiency.

Robert Griffin III ranks seventh all-time in Baylor history with 4,307 career passing yards -- 34 yards shy of tying Neal Jeffrey (4,341) for sixth on Baylor's career list. Griffin III is 693 yards shy of becoming only the sixth 5,000-yard passer in school history.

Griffin III enters the Colorado game as Baylor's career leader in passing efficiency (146.8), completion percentage (62.3) and touchdown responsibility (53). As it stands now, his 64.4 completion percentage and 154.46 passing efficiency through six games would set single-season school records.

With the return of sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor's offensive numbers have improved drastically through six games of 2010 as compared to the 2009 season. Griffin III has thrown as many touchdowns (13) in 2010 as Baylor threw as a team in 2009.

Baylor is averaging 476.7 yards of total offense in 2010 -- 131.8 more yards-per-game than the Bears accumulated in 2009 (342.9). The Bears are averaging 312.7 yards passing and 164.0 yards rushing through six games in 2010 (242.3 passing and 100.6 rushing in 2009).

Redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones, nicknamed `Stork' by coach Art Briles, is 11-of-13 on FG attempts, including 9-of-10 from 30+ yards. Through six games, Jones has made more FGs (11) than Baylor did as a team during the entire 2009 season (9-of-14).

Jones' 11 FGs are tied for 10th-most on Baylor's single-season list and are the most by a Baylor kicker since Ryan Havens drilled 11 FGs in 2006.

QB Robert Griffin III has accounted for 16 plays of 30+ yards in 2010, including 11 for touchdowns (10 pass, one run). In addition, Griffin III has tossed six passes of 50+ yards with five going for touchdowns and 11 passes of 40+ yards. Five different receivers have caught a 40+ yard TD pass from Griffin III this season.

Redshirt freshman DE Tevin Elliott has recorded 5.0 sacks through the first six games of 2010, the most by a Baylor defender since John Garrett (10.0) in 2003. With his next sack, Elliott will move into a tie for eighth place on Baylor's single-season sacks list, joining Robert Watters (1986), James Francis (1989), Darrin Franklin (1989) and A.C. Collier (2001).

With a career-high-tying 11 receptions in Baylor's 45-38 loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 9, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 30 games of his career. Wright's streak of 30 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks 10th nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision players. His streak is the second-longest active streak by a Big 12 player with Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (30). Colorado's Scotty McKnight leads the nation with 42 consecutive games with a reception.

Baylor senior P Derek Epperson ranks in the top six of all five major career punting categories at Baylor. Epperson ranks third all-time with a 42.69 yards-per-punt average behind only Buzzy Sawyer (43.44) and Daniel Sepulveda (45.24). Epperson ranks fourth all-time in Baylor history with 45 career punts of 50+ yards and needs three more to overtake Ron Stowe (47) for second place.

Epperson is one of only five punters in Baylor history with more than 8,000 career punting yards; he ranks fifth all-time with 8,409 yards. He also ranks fifth in both total punts (197) and sixth in punts of 60+ yards (five).

IR Kendall Wright is quickly climbing Baylor's career charts for receptions and receiving yards. Wright is fifth on Baylor's career list with 149 career receptions. He needs 35 more catches to become Baylor's all-time leader in career receptions. Last season, Wright became the first Baylor player with 100 career receptions by the end of his sophomore season.

Wright ranks seventh in Baylor history with 1,838 receiving yards; he trails San Francisco WR Dominique Zeigler (1,923) by 85 yards for sixth place. Against Buffalo on Sept. 11, he became only the eighth 1,500-yard receiver in Baylor history.



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