|Baylor (5-2, 2-1) vs. Kansas State (5-1, 2-1)
Oct. 23, 2010 | 2:30 p.m. CDT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Kansas State leads 6-1
Waco: Kansas State leads 3-1
Manhattan: Kansas State leads 3-0
First Meeting: Kansas State won, 45-15 [Sept. 20, 1969]
Last Meeting: Kansas State won, 51-13 [Oct. 27, 2007]
Record: 5-2, 2-1 Big 12
Ranking: RV/RV (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles
Career Record: 47-46 (8th season)
Baylor Record: 13-18 (3rd season)
vs. Kansas State: 0-0
Rushing: Jay Finley [79 att., 447 yards, 3 TD]
Passing: Robert Griffin III [154-232, 1,969 yards, 14 TD, 3 INT]
Receiving: Kendall Wright [40 rec., 535 yards, 3 TD]
Tackles: Byron Landor [60 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU]
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Record: 5-1, 2-1 Big 12
Ranking: RV/RV (AP/USA)
Head Coach: Bill Snyder
Career Record: 147-75-1 (19th season)
Colorado Record: Same
vs. Baylor: 4-0
Rushing: Daniel Thomas [145 att., 782 yards, 7 TD]
Passing: Carson Coffman [75-114, 914 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT]
Receiving: Aubrey Quarles [18 rec., 244 yards, 2 TD]
Tackles: Alex Hrebec [57 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 6 PBU]
For the first time since 1995, Baylor (5-2, 2-1) is playing for bowl eligibility status when it hosts Kansas State (5-1, 2-1) for the 79th Homecoming game Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor, which is tied for the most wins by a Bears team in the Big 12 era, has scored more points in three conference games (124) than it did in eight Big 12 games in 2009 (104). The Bears' offense has been so impressive that it has scored 30+ points in three games to start conference play for the first time in school history.
Not only is Baylor looking for only its second 3-1 league start in the Big 12 era (3-1 in 2005), but the Bears are seeking their first 4-0 home start since 1994 -- the last time Baylor went to a bowl game. That season, the Bears finished 7-5 and played in the Alamo Bowl.
Both teams are receiving votes in each of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. Kansas State (5-1, 2-1) is 2-0 on the road after a 59-7 rout of Kansas last week. RB Daniel Thomas ranks eighth nationally in rushing yards per game (130.33).
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, the Big 12 leader in total offense, has completed 75.2 percent of his passes (79-of-105) in three Big 12 games this season, throwing for 998 yards and a 172.03 passing efficiency. Griffin III has thrown for more yards in three Big 12 games (998) than Kansas State has thrown as a team in six games (966 yards).
BAYLOR HOMECOMING HISTORY
Baylor plays its 78th Homecoming game Saturday. The Bears are 34-39-4 in Homecoming contests, including a 3-11 record in the Big 12 era and a 23-20-3 mark in the month of October. The Bears' first Homecoming game was in 1930, a 14-0 loss to Texas.
Baylor, which first recognized Homecoming in 1909, is among five universities that were the first to hold Homecoming festivities -- Illinois, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Michigan being the others. Baylor, which has lost its last three Homecoming games, is 0-2 vs. Kansas State on Homecoming, losing to the Bill Snyder-led Wildcats in 1998 (49-6) and again in 2002 (44-10).
BAYLOR VS. THE BIG 12 NORTH
Most of Baylor's success in the Big 12 has come against teams from the North Division. The Bears are 12-32 against teams from the North with only four victories (Texas, 1997; Texas A&M, 2004; Oklahoma State, 2005; Texas A&M, 2008) against teams from the South (4-67). BU has won eight of its last 15 against North opponents.
Baylor's 12 victories are as follows: Iowa State (1996), Kansas (1998), Kansas (2002), Colorado (2003), Iowa State (2005), Kansas State (2006), Colorado (2006), Kansas (2006), Iowa State (2008), Missouri (2009), Kansas (2010) and Colorado (2010).
YES, THERE ARE TWO ROBERT GRIFFINS
For the last two seasons, there was only one Robert Griffin on the Baylor football team -- QB Robert Griffin III. This season, there are two Robert Griffins -- RG3 and Robert T. Griffin (no relation). RTG, a right guard, enrolled at Baylor in January 2010, transferring from Navarro Junior College. Griffin III has started all seven games at QB, while RTG has five starts to his credit.
ONE WIN AWAY FROM BOWL ELIGIBILITY
Baylor enters Saturday's Homecoming contest against Kansas State one win shy of becoming bowl eligible. A Baylor victory would give the Bears six wins and make them bowl eligible for the first time since 1995. That season, Baylor finished 7-4 in the final season of the Southwest Conference, but did not receive a bowl invitation. Baylor has not played in a bowl game since the 1994 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, suffering a 10-3 loss to Washington State. The Bears' five wins are tied for the most victories by a Baylor team in the Big 12 era (5-6 in 2005).
A HALF OF DIFFERENCE
Baylor is averaging 19.4 first-half points as compared to 13.7 second-half points through seven games in 2010. Conversely, Baylor opponents are averaging 14.0 points in the first half and 6.6 in the second half. Baylor is outscoring the opposition in all four quarters.
30+ THREE STRAIGHT
Baylor has scored 30+ points in three straight conference games for only the second time in the Big 12 era. The Bears have started conference play with three consecutive 30+ point outings for the first time in school history.
Baylor has scored more points in its first three Big 12 games (124) to start 2010 than the Bears did in all eight Big 12 games (104) in 2009. Through seven games, the Bears have scored 232 points (33.1 points per game). Last season, Baylor scored 249 points (20.8 points per game) in 12 games.
RACKING UP THE TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS
Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, the Big 12 leader in total offense, has accumulated 300+ yards of total offense in six of seven games this season. Griffin III has posted 350+ yards of total offense in three consecutive games, including a school-record 444 yards in Baylor's 55-7 rout of Kansas on Oct. 2.
AN ACCURATE RG3
Robert Griffin III has completed 75.2 percent of his passes (79-of-105) in three Big 12 games this season, while throwing for 998 yards and a 172.03 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.
AN OFFENSIVE 500
Baylor has posted three straight games with 500+ yards of total offense for the first time in school history (school-record 678 vs. Kansas on Oct. 2, 507 vs. Texas Tech on Oct. 9 and 543 at Colorado on Oct. 16). Baylor is 37-7 all-time when registering 500 or more yards of total offense, including a 7-0 mark in the Art Briles era.
PASSING HIS WAY THROUGH BAYLOR'S RECORD BOOKS
Robert Griffin III ranks sixth all-time in Baylor history with 4,541 career passing yards -- 485 yards shy of tying Brad Goebel (5,026) for fifth on Baylor's career list. Griffin III is 459 yards shy of becoming only the sixth 5,000-yard passer in school history. Griffin III enters the Kansas State game as Baylor's career leader in passing efficiency (147.4), completion percentage (63.2) and touchdown responsibility (54). As it stands now, his 66.4 completion percentage and 155.00 passing efficiency through seven games would set single-season school records.
With the return of sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor's offensive numbers have improved drastically through seven games of 2010 as compared to the 2009 season. Griffin III has thrown more touchdowns (14) in 2010 than Baylor threw as a team (13) in 2009. Baylor is averaging 486.1 yards of total offense in 2010 -- 143.2 more yards-per-game than the Bears accumulated in 2009 (342.9). The Bears are averaging 301.4 yards passing and 184.7 yards rushing through seven games in 2010 (242.3 passing and 100.6 rushing in 2009). Baylor ranks eighth nationally in total offense, 13th in passing offense, 32nd in scoring offense (33.14) and 36th in rushing offense.
Redshirt freshman DE Tevin Elliott has recorded 5.0 sacks through the first seven 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).
`STORK' HAS ARRIVED
Redshirt freshman PK Aaron Jones, nicknamed `Stork' by coach Art Briles, is 14-of-17 on FG attempts, including 11-of-12 from 30+ yards. Through seven games, Jones has made one less FG (14) than Baylor made as a team in the last two seasons combined (6-of-9 in 2008 and 9-of-14 in 2009). Jones' 14 FGs are tied for fourth-most on Baylor's single-season list with Bubba Hicks (1975). Jones' 14 FGs are the most by a Baylor kicker since Ryan Havens' 16 FGs in 2005. `Stork' is four FGs shy of tying current Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland (1989) for the single-season school record of 18. Jones has hit two 50-yard FGs, becoming the first Baylor PK with two FGs of 50+ yards since Jeff Ireland did it in 1991 (58 and 50). Jones is tied for fourth nationally in field goals (2.00 FGs/game) and 21st in scoring (9.71 points/game).
BIG PLAY ROB
QB Robert Griffin III has accounted for 17 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.
WRIGHT'S STREAK HITS 31
With seven receptions in Baylor's 31-25 win at Colorado on Oct. 16, junior IR Kendall Wright has now recorded a reception in all 31 games of his career. Wright's streak of 31 consecutive games with at least one reception ranks 10th nationally among FBS players. His streak is tied for the second-longest active streak by a Big 12 player with Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (31).