Brandon Stiggers and the Baylor defense have held opponents under 20 points in regulation in six of seven games this season.
Oct. 17, 2006
BAYLOR (3-4, 2-1) vs.
SATURDAY, OCT. 21, 2006 2:00 P.M. CDT
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM (50,000)
Baylor leads 4-3-0
BAYLOR: Guy Morriss (TCU, 1973)
Record at Baylor: 14-27 (4th season)
Career Record: 23-41 (6th season)
Career Record: 22-33 (5th season)
Record vs. Baylor: 1-1
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BEARS RETURN HOME, HOST
Baylor returns to action Saturday, Oct. 21, hosting
The Bears (3-4, 2-1) dropped a 63-31 decision at sixth-ranked
The Jayhawks (3-4, 0-3) have lost three straight and four of their last five after a 42-32 loss to
The series dates back to a 22-0
Baylor edged the Jayhawks 35-32 at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2002, snapping a 29-game conference losing streak.
Overall: Baylor leads 4-3
Neutral Site: Never Met
Since Start of Big 12: Tied 2-2
The home team has won each of the four meetings as Big 12 Conference foes.
Three of four meetings as Big 12 foes, including each of the last two, were decided by seven or fewer points.
Aaron Karas had 359 yards passing against
Baylor's 2002 win snapped a 29-game Big 12 losing streak for the Bears that spanned four seasons. In fact, from Nov. 2, 1997, to Oct. 3, 2003, Baylor managed two Big 12 wins; both were against
Baylor won the 2002 meeting on Daniel Andino's 33-yard game-winning field goal with one second remaining. It was Baylor's last game-winning field goal in the last minute of a game and the last time Baylor won a game on the final play from scrimmage in regulation.
The winning team has scored at least 27 points in each of the last six meetings.
1988 BAYLOR 27, at
1989 at BAYLOR 46,
1998 at BAYLOR 31,
2002 at BAYLOR 35,
OCT. 18, 2005 MEMORIAL STADIUM
Bill Whittemore hit Mark Simmons for the go-ahead TD from 40 yards out early in the fourth quarter as
Baylor led 14-7 in the first quarter and went into the third period tied 14-14.
After John Randall's 12-yard scoring run put
Baylor had one last shot but Banks Floodman intercepted Karas' pass deep in the Bears' territory with less than two minutes to play.
BEARS HOPE TO SNAP HOMECOMING CURSE
Baylor plays its 74th homecoming game Saturday. The Bears are 33-36-4 all-time in Homecoming games and have lost eight consecutive such games since a 23-21 victory over
Baylor, which first recognized Homecoming in 1909, is among five universities that were the first to hold homecoing festivities --
This is the first time the Bears have played
A win over Kansas would give Baylor ... its first three-win conference seasons since the Bears went 5-2 in 1995, the final season of the Southwest Conference ... victories in three consecutive conference home games for the first time since defeating Rice in the final home game of the 1993 season and SMU and Houston in 1994 ... a record of at least .500 through eight games for the first time since 1996 (4-4).
Baylor is tied for the national lead with 20 turnovers forced. Baylor has forced 49 turnovers since the start of the 2005 season, the most of any team in Division I-A.
Baylor has out-scored its opponents 111-27 in the first half over the last eight games and held the lead at halftime in seven of those eight games.
Baylor leads the Big 12 and is tied for second nationally with 13 interceptions.
Only seven of Baylor's 24 offensive scoring drives have lasted more than three minutes.
Of Baylor's 24 offensive scoring drives, six have been less than one minute in duration (four have been less than 40 seconds).
Baylor has registered 15 plays longer than 40 yards this season in seven games. The Bears totaled 11 plays longer than 40 yards in 11 games last season.
Five of Baylor's six longest plays this season have come in the last two games, including three against
Baylor has committed 28 offensive penalties on 23 drives this season. Only 10 times have the Bears overcome an offensive penalty to gain a first down (twice by virtue of a defensive penalty). Only five times has Baylor overcome an offensive penalty to score on that drive without benefit of a defensive penalty.
QB Shawn Bell has passed for at least 200 yards and recorded at least one TD pass in nine straight games, both school records.
Bell needs one TD pass to claim sole possession of Baylor's career TD passes record.
WR Trent Shelton has caught at least one TD pass in four consecutive games, the first Bear to accomplish that feat since Melvin Bonner in 1991.
LB Joe Pawelek leads all NCAA Division I-A freshmen with 7.9 tackles per game, 2.4 more than any other freshman in the Big 12.
Kansas RB Gary Green is the son of former Baylor All-America defensive back Gary Green, who was a first-round draft selection of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977. The elder Green was one of seven players in Baylor history to earn consensus All-America honors (1976).
DT M.T. Robinson began his collegiate career at
BAYLOR vs. BIG 12 NORTH
Most of Baylor's success in the Big 12 Conference has come against teams from the North Division. The Bears are 7-25 against teams from the North with only three victories (Texas, 1997; Texas A&M, 2004; Oklahoma State, 2005) against teams from the South.
Four of Baylor's seven victories against Big 12 North teams have come under head coach Guy Morriss. Those wins are as follows:
A win against
EVERETT, FORMER TEAMS HONORED
Former Baylor FS Thomas Everett will be honored during halftime ceremonies of Saturday's Homecoming game against
Baylor's 1985 and 1986 teams both posted 9-3 records and 6-2 marks in the Southwest Conference. Both teams won bowl games and finished the season ranked nationally.
In 1985, the Bears lost three games by a total of 16 points, falling at 18th-ranked
In 1986, the Bears lost three games by a total of 10 points, falling at home to
BAYLOR TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF
Baylor ranked 113th nationally in turnover margin and forced just nine opponent miscues over the 11-game 2004 campaign. The Bears' defense has forced 49 turnovers (29 interceptions, 20 fumble recoveries) since the start of the 2005 season. Baylor has come up with at least one turnover in 17 of 18 games since the start of the 2005 season, including nine straight dating to last year's game against
Over Guy Morriss' first two seasons on the Baylor sideline, Baylor's defense forced 34 turnovers in 23 games, compared to the 49 it has totaled over the last 18 outings.
Here is a look at teams nationally with the most turnovers forced since the start of the 2005 season:
1. BAYLOR, 49
3. TCU, 46
THE BEAR HAWKS
Baylor's defense has taken on a persona as ball hawks, forcing 49 turnovers since the start of the 2005 season and 20 this season. The Bears are tied for second nationally with 13 interceptions this season.
Fourteen different Bears have have played a part in Baylor's 20 turnovers forced this season. Senior All-America and Thorpe Award candidate CB C.J. Wilson has picked off four passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Here is a look at Baylor's 2006 totals for interceptions, fumbles forced and fumble recoveries:
Player INT FF FR Total
C.J. Wilson 4 0 0 4
Nick Moore 0 2 1 3
Anthony Arline 1 1 1 3
Dwain Crawford 2 0 0 2
James Todd 2 1 0 3
Joe Pawelek 1 0 0 1
Jake La Mar 1 0 0 1
Corey Ford 1 0 0 1
Vincent Rhodes 0 0 1 1
Julian Hill 0 1 0 1
Maurice Linguist 0 1 0 1
Jeremy Williams 0 0 1 1
Team Totals 13 8 7 28
QB Shawn Bell earned his fifth career victory as a starter in a Big 12 game two weeks ago at Colorado, matching the total number of Big 12 victories by all other Baylor quarterbacks since the league's inception.
Ten other quarterbacks have started a Big 12 game for Baylor. That decad combined for a 5-64 record, posting a .072 winning percentage.
Only three other Baylor signal callers have won a Big 12 game: Aaron Karas (
DEFENSE STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER
Baylor has not allowed more than one first-quarter score since Oct. 2, 2004, when
JOE PAW PLAYS OLDER THAN AGE
Freshman All-America candidate LB Joe Pawelek has quickly made a name for himself on an all-ready strong Baylor defense.
Through the first seven games of his redshirt-freshman season, Pawelek leads the Bears with 55 tackles, including 30 solo efforts. He also has eight quarterback hurries (tied for the team lead), 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception and three passes broken up.
Pawelek leads all NCAA Division I-A freshmen with 7.9 tackles per game, 2.4 stops per contest more than any other freshman in the Big 12. He is ninth in the league and tied for 70th nationally in tackles per game regardless of class.
After not starting the TCU and
YOUNG LINEBACKER CORPS TACKLES PROBLEMS
Baylor's three main linebackers -- Joe Pawelek, Nick Moore and Antonio Jones -- rank first, second and sixth, respectively, on Baylor's tackles chart. The trio has combined for 128 tackles, including 60 solo stops, for an average of 18.3 tackles per game.
Jones and Pawelek both are redshirt freshmen.
QB Shawn Bell continued his assault on Baylor's records book, establishing one career record and breaking another in last Saturday's game at
It was the first 300-yard game of his career and the first by a Baylor quarterback since Aaron Karas' 359-yard performance against
With two touchdown passes,
Here is a list of Baylor career records established by
839 attempts (802, Watson, 1994-97)
512 completions (425, Watson, 1994-97)
.610 completion percentage (.591, Aaron Karas, 2001-04)
32 touchdown passes (32, Carlson, 1983-86)
2.133 TD-INT ratio (1.538, Adrian Burk, 1948-49)
.0179 interception percentage (.0337, Watson, 1994-97)
14 200-yard passing games (12, Don Trull, 1961-63)
9 consecutive 200-yard games (7, Trull, 1963)
9 consecutive games with at least one TD (7, Brad Goebel, 1987)
5 Big 12 wins as a starter (2, two others)
161 consecutive passes without an interception
QB Shawn Bell has completed 194 passes this season, breaking the previous school mark of 190 completions he established last year. He enters the
BAYLOR HAS 20/20 VISION
In three-plus seasons under head coach Guy Morriss, Baylor has established a bit of a vicenary rule on the scoreboard. The Bears are 12-8 when scoring at least 20 points and 2-19 when scoring less than 20 points since the start of the 2003 season. Likewise, the Bears are 9-3 when holding the opponent to fewer than 20 points and 5-24 when allowing 20 or more points in that time.
Baylor's lone victories when scoring less than 20 points since the start of the 2003 season came in Morriss' first victory with the Bears -- a 10-7 win over SMU at Floyd Casey Stadium -- and a 17-3 win over Kansas State two weeks ago that snapped a 17-game losing streak when scoring less than 20 points.
In fact, since 1995, Baylor has won a game when scoring less than 20 points only five times: 14-0 at North Carolina State in 1995, 14-13 at Louisville in 1996, 16-13 in overtime vs. New Mexico in 2001, the 2003 SMU game and this season against Kansas State.
Baylor's 34-31 victory at
Furthermore, Baylor is 10-11 under Morriss when holding the opponent to fewer than 20 first downs and 4-16 when the opponent records at least 20 first downs.
HANGING 30 ON
Since the start of the 2005 season, only Baylor and Southern California have amassed at least 30 points against
WRs Trent Shelton and Dominique Zeigler claimed the epithet of Baylor's all-time best receiving duo earlier this season.
Zeigler (143) enters the
Zeigler enters the
CB C.J. Wilson is tied for the Big 12 Confence lead with four interceptions. He is one of only 21 players nationally with at least four interceptions this season.
SEVERAL BEARS AMONG ACTIVE NCAA CAREER LEADERS
QB Shawn Bell ranks first in interception percentage (.0179), 17th in attempts (839), 15th in completions (512) and 14th in completion percentage (61.03).
WR Dominique Zeigler ranks 15th in receptions (143).
WR Trent Shelton ranks 16th in receptions (142).
CB C.J. Wilson is 11th in interceptions (9) and 18th in interception return yards (152).
P Daniel Sepulveda ranks first in punts (251), first in punting yardage (11,271), second in punts per game (6.1) and fourth in average (44.90).
WR Trent Shelton has at least one reception in a Baylor record 40 consecutive games.
WR Dominique Zeigler has recorded at least one reception in 27 consecutive games, tied for the 13th-longest streak in Division I-A. In fact, Zeigler has recorded at least two receptions in each of those 27 games.
Baylor is the only team in the nation with two receivers with active streaks of 25-plus games.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION, ACTIVE DIVISION I-A PLAYERS
44 - Steve Odom Sr. WR
43 - Vincent Marshall Sr. WR
41 - Johnny Quinn Sr. WR
40 - Trent Shelton Sr. WR BAYLOR
40 - Brian Leonard Sr. FB
36 - Clark Harris Sr. TE
36 - Ryne Robinson Sr. WR
31 - Shaun Herbert Sr. WR Northwestern
30 - Dwayne Jarrett Jr. WR
30 - Calvin Johnson Jr. WR Georgia Tech
30 - Craig Davis Jr. WR
28 - Marcus Monk Jr. WR
27 - Eric Deslauriers Sr. WR
27 - Dominique Zeigler Sr. WR BAYLOR
Anthony Arline's 40-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown against
Here is a list of Baylor's 16 non-offensive scores under Morriss:
2003 vs. UAB -- James Todd blocked punt for safety
2003 vs. Texas Tech -- Robert Quiroga 100-yard kickoff return
2004 vs. North Texas -- Braelon Davis blocked punt recovery in end zone (blocked by
2005 vs. Samford -- Shaun Rochon 85-yard punt return
2006 vs. Northwestern State -- C.J.
BEARS CONVERT TURNOVERS TO POINTS
Baylor has scored on 11 of the 20 turnovers it has forced over the season's first seven games, while its opponents have registered points on eight of Baylor's 19 miscues on the season. The Bears have produced 67 points off opponent miscues in 2006 (not including the safety they recorded against
Eight of Baylor's last 16 interceptions have led to scores, including six touchdowns and two returned for touchdowns. Three of those 16 interceptions were in the 2005 season finale against
Baylor recorded its third three-interception game of the season and second in as many games two weeks ago at
OPPONENT INT RETURN SPOT RESULT
Oklahoma State Dwain Crawford 6 yards BU 32 6-play drive, punt
TCU C.J. Wilson 46 yards TCU 20 TD:
NW State C.J. Wilson 0 yards TCU 46 TD:
NW State C.J. Wilson 52 yards BU 48 TD:
NW State Jake La Mar 5 yards NSU 48 3-play drive, punt
Washington St. C.J.
Kansas State Dwain Crawford 0 yards BU 41 1-play drive, INT
Kansas State Jordan Lake 0 yards BU 0 3-play drive, punt
Colorado Anthony Arline 0 yards BU 19 TD: Bell 17 pass to Payne
SEPULVEDA EYES NCAA PUNTING RECORDS
P Daniel Sepulveda enters the
Sepulveda reached the 11,000-yard plateau during the
With 82 career punts of at least 50 yards, Sepulveda is seven shy of breaking the NCAA record held by Brian Smith (Mississippi, 1983-86).
Sepulveda has averaged 40.0 yards per punt 33 times in games with at least four punts. He needs four more such games to match the NCAA record shared by Lechler and former Ryan Plackemeier (Wake Forest, 2002-05).
NOTES FROM THE
Baylor trailed at the half for the first time since last year's game at
It was the third-highest scoring game (both teams) in Baylor football history.
WR Trent Shelton posted his third 100-yard game this season.
WR Dominique Zeigler moved into sixth place on Baylor's career yards receiving list. He now has 1,513 yards.
The third-quarter Zeigler-to-Bell TD pass was the first TD pass of Zeigler's career and the first TD reception of
RB Paul Mosley's 56-yard third-quarter run was the longest run by a Bear since Mosley's career-long 57-yard TD run at Texas A&M last season.
IR Thomas White established career highs for receptions (6) and yards receiving (95).
RB Jacoby Jones' fourth-quarter TD reception was the second reception of his career and his first career TD reception.
Baylor scored 30-plus points in consecutive games for the first time since 2002. It was the first time to accomplish the feat in consecutive conference games since 1995 and the first time in consecutive conference road games since 1991.
WILSON, SEPULVEDA AMONG KIPER'S TOP SENIORS
CB C.J. Wilson and P Daniel Sepulveda were ranked among the nation's top five seniors at their respective positions by ESPN.com's Mel Kiper.
BEARS HONOR FORMER ASSISTANT COACH ADAMS
Baylor's jerseys feature black TA patches in 2006. These patches are in memorial of former defensive line coach Tom Adams, who passed away Aug. 2 after a battle with cancer.
Two years after fielding the nation's second-youngest football team, Baylor's 2006 hopes may well rest on the shoulders of its 33 seniors, 25 of whom are fifth-year players. Of those 33 seniors, 16 were listed No. 1 at their respective position on the Bears' preseason depth chart -- eight on offense, six on defense as well as its No. 1 place-kicker and punter.
The Baylor roster featured an average of just 17.3 seniors over its first 10 seasons in the Big 12 and only once prior to 2006 had the Bears carried more than 20 seniors (the 2002 roster listed 22 seniors) on the squad.
Senior All-America candidate CB C.J. Wilson, who earned first-team 2005 All-Big 12 honors from six media outlets at cornerback, is one of 33 players named to the 2006 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
SEPULVEDA NAMED TO GUY AWARD WATCH LIST
P Daniel Sepulveda is one of six members on the Greater Augusta Sports Council's 2006 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List, comprised of the top non-graduating finalists from the previous year and Sepulveda, the award's 2004 winner.
Sepulveda, who was selected as the nation's No. 1 punter by The Sporting News in its 2006 preview magazine, ranked second in the Big 12 and third nationally with a 46.18-yard punting average in 2005 en route to All-America and All-Big 12 honors. That averaged ranked as the second-best single-season average in Baylor history, just ahead of his 2004 mark of 46.0 ypp.
The Ray Guy Award is presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.
QB Shawn Bell was among 22 student-athletes named to the 2006 Manning Award Watch List, announced Aug. 23 by the Sugar Bowl Committee.
The Manning Award was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award which takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
The winner will be determined by a select panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.
Gettis is one of the nation's top-rated 400-meter runners in track. Pawelek is a catcher on Baylor's baseball team; he sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt. Sims appeared in 10 games at guard for Baylor's basketball team during the 2005-2006 campaign. Teasley earned All-Big 12 honors in the long jump and was a member of Baylor's 2006 Big 12 champion 4x100-meter relay team.
CB Braelon Davis and WR Dominique Zeigler both ran track previously in their time at Baylor.
Baylor is one of 10 schools in Division I-A with at least six graduates on its 2006 football roster, according to research conducted by Tony Neely at the University of Kentucky. Auburn leads the way with 11, followed by Notre Dame and Texas Tech (nine each); Miami, Fla. (eight); Boston College, Louisiana Tech and Penn State (seven each); and Baylor, Kentucky and West Virginia (six each).
2006 BAYLOR BEARS WHO HAVE COMPLETED UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
QB Shawn Bell May 2006 B.S.Ed., physical education
OT Travis Farst May 2006 B.S., communication studies
IR Andrew Heard * May 2004 B.S., communication studies
OS Maurice Linguist August 2006 B.S., communication studies
RB Mario Price August 2006 B.S.Ed., health science studies
CB James Todd May 2006 B.S., communication studies
* - Texas Tech graduate
Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference with 111 former
BAYLOR 40 111
AFCA HONORS BAYLOR FOR GRADUATION RATE
Baylor was one of 29 NCAA Division I-A schools nationally to have its football program honored with the 2006 Academic Achivement Award by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has honored Baylor for its football graduation rates seven times since 1996.
Six institutions registered graduation rates of 90 percent or more for their freshman football classes of 2000-2001, including SMU, which earned top honors from the Touchdown Club of Memphis with its 100 percent mark. Baylor joined Big 12 schools Iowa State, Nebraska and Texas Tech among the 23 institutions who received honorable mention recognition with a graduation rate of 70 percent or higher.
The overall graduation rate of the survey-record 104 schools that responded was 58 percent. Since the NCAA began tracking graduation rates in 1991, the Baylor football program has averaged a 65.3 percent rate and seven times in the last nine years it has recorded a 60.0 percent or higher mark.
FORMER WALK-ONS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS
Five senior members of the Baylor football team who began their careers as walk-ons have been awarded scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year, head coach Guy Morriss announced at the end of the Bear's Aug. 18 practice.
OS Bryan Bays, FB Damon Dotson, FS Bennett Hoefer, WR Craig Munn and RB Mario Price were rewarded by the Bears' staff. Hoefer, who will graduate in May 2007, is the only one of the five who is not a fifth-year senior. Price earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor in August.
Since Morriss' arrival in
UP NEXT ...
Baylor returns to action Saturday, Oct. 28, hosting Texas A&M for the 103rd rendition of the