GAME INFORMATION Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 Kickoff: 2:05 p.m. CDT Location: Waco, Texas Stadium: Floyd Casey Stadium Capacity: 50,000 Series: Missouri leads 9-2 Waco: Missouri leads 3-1 Columbia: Missouri leads 5-1 Neutral: Never Met First Meeting: MU 38-0 [Sept. 11, 1970] Last Meeting: MU 31-16 [Nov. 12, 2005]
BAYLOR BEARS Record: 3-5, 1-3 Big 12 Ranking: NR/NR Head Coach:Art Briles Career Record: 37-33 (6th season) Baylor Record: 3-5 (1st season) vs. Missouri: 0-0 Statistical Leaders: Rushing: Robert Griffin [113-554-9] Passing: Robert Griffin [103-175-0-1405-9] Receiving: Kendall Wright [36-473-3] Tackles: Joe Pawelek [35-57-92]
MISSOURI TIGERS Record: 6-2, 2-2 Big 12 Ranking: 14/14/14 Head Coach: Gary Pinkel Career Record: 128-75-3 (18th season) Missouri Record: 55-38 (8th season) vs. Baylor: 4-0 Statistical Leaders: Rushing: Derrick Washington [99-611-13] Passing: Chase Daniel [220-286-6-2675-23] Receiving: Chase Coffman [63-744-5] Tackles: Sean Weatherspoon [40-43-83]
Baylor returns to action Saturday, Nov. 1, hosting No. 14 Missouri for a Big 12 Conference inter-division game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CDT at Floyd Casey Stadium. This is Baylor's final game against a Big 12 North opponent this season. The game, which is not televised, is part of homecoming festivities on the Baylor campus.
The Bears (3-5, 1-3 Big 12) look to snap a two-game skid after dropping a 32-20 decision at Nebraska last Saturday. Baylor, which has not lost three straight games this season, is 3-2 at home this season, including a 1-1 mark in Big 12 home games.
The Tigers (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 58-0 shutout at home against Colorado last Saturday. Missouri is 1-1 on the road this season, winning at Nebraska (52-17) and falling at Texas (56-31). The Tigers are ranked 14th nationally in the Associated Press Top 25, the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the BCS Standings.
Baylor and Missouri have played only one common opponent this season, losing to Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks. The Tigers lost at home (28-23), and the Bears lost at Stillwater (34-6) the following week.
All Baylor football games are broadcast live on the Baylor/ISP Sports Radio Network; Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio is the network's flagship station. Saturday's game also will be carried on Sirius Radio 161. Live streaming audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor football games online at www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports network.
BAYLOR-MISSOURI SERIES Saturday is the 12th meeting between Baylor and Missouri in football, the seventh as Big 12 Conference opponents. The first meeting was a 38-0 Missouri victory at St. Louis in 1970. The teams met again two years later with the Bears taking a 27-0 decision at Columbia.
Missouri made its first trip to Waco in 1991, a 47-21 Baylor victory. This is Missouri's first trip to Waco since 2004 when the Tigers won 30-10. The following season, Baylor lost 31-16 at Columbia.
In 1996, Missouri edged Baylor 49-42 in a triple-overtime game that still stands as the longest game in Baylor football history and is tied for the longest game ever involving two Big 12 schools (Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-38 in three overtimes in 2001).
SERIES NOTES: The 1996 game was the first overtime game in Baylor football history. In that game, the Bears scored twice in the final 128 seconds to force the extra periods. Baylor trailed 28-0 at one point in the third quarter. Backup QB Mark Cogdill, who also was an outfielder for the Bears' baseball team, filled in at receiver and led the Bears with seven catches for 86 yards and two TDs. QB Jeff Watson threw for 272 yards and four TDs. ... In the 2001 game, WR Reggie Newhouse tied Baylor single-game records with 12 receptions and three receiving TDs. Trailing 34-3 at halftime, the Bears out-scored Missouri 21-7 in the second half. ... Missouri held Baylor to 13 yards rushing on 41 attempts in 2000. Meanwhile, the Tigers tallied 273 yards on 53 totes. ... In 1991, Baylor QB and current radio color analyst J.J. Joe totaled 328 yards of total offense, passing for 300 yards and rushing for another 28. Baylor tallied 338 yards rushing as a team and out-gained Missouri 649-382.
QUICK NOTES The NCAA ranks the Bears' schedule as the nation's 13th-toughest. Baylor's remaining schedule is tied with Texas Tech's as the nation's toughest. Four of Baylor's five losses this season have come against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point this season, including three on the day of the game and three currently ranked. Five of Baylor's eight Big 12 games this season are against nationally ranked opponents, including four against teams ranked in the top 10 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech). Baylor was listed as the Big 12's "Biggest Midseason Surprise" by CollegeFootballNews.com. Baylor is 18-2 when scoring 30-plus points since 2001, going 9-60 when scoring less than 30. Baylor is 11-1 in takeaways-turnovers over the last six games. Baylor quarterbacks have not thrown an interception in seven straight games, a modern program record. Baylor quarterbacks have set a program record with no interceptions in their last 166 pass attempts. Baylor has at least one rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games, the Bears' longest such streak since a 14-game run over the 1997 and 1998 seasons and the program's longest streak within one season since 1994. Baylor has rushed for more yards (1,495) than in the last two seasons combined (1,416). Baylor has nearly quadrupled (19) its rushing touchdown total from last season (5) and eclipsed its rushing touchdown total from the last two seasons combined (14). Baylor's 19 rushing touchdowns are the most by a Bears' squad since the 1995 squad had 25. Baylor ranks 28th nationally and second in the Big 12 in rushing (186.9 ypg) Baylor is eighth nationally and third in the Big 12 in net punting (39.4 ypp). Baylor is 14th nationally and third in the Big 12 in turnover margin (plus-1.1 tpg). Baylor is 24th nationally and fifth in the Big 12 in kickoff returns (23.7 ypr). LT Jason Smith was named first-team midseason All-America by SI.com. He also was named midseason honorable mention All-America by College Football News/Scout.com. Smith is projected 16th in The Sporting News' mock NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated (SI.com) lists Smith among 15 players with rising NFL Draft stock, naming him a top-20 prospect. QB Robert Griffin was named midseason freshman All-America by Rivals.com, midseason Big 12 "Best Newcomer" by the Austin American-Statesman, midseason Big 12 "Top Freshman" by CollegeFootballNews.com and midseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year by ESPN.com. LB Joe Pawelek was named midseason honorable mention All-America by College Football News/Scout.com. Griffin has established an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive passes without an interception to start a career by a freshman (175). Griffin has established Baylor's overall record for consecutive passes without an interception. Griffin ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 65th nationally in rushing (69.3 ypg). He also ranks 28th nationally in passing efficiency (143.27), and he is 31st nationally in total offense (244.9 ypg). Griffin ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards per game among quarterbacks, seventh among freshmen, fourth among true freshmen and first among freshman quarterbacks. Griffin ranks second in the Big 12 in rushing among freshmen. RB Jay Finley ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 72nd nationally in rushing (65.8 ypg). IR Mikail Baker ranks 23rd nationally and third in the Big 12 in kickoff returns (26.9 ypr). WR Thomas White has caught at least one pass in 13 consecutive games. IR Kendall Wright is one of only seven freshmen nationally with at least 35 receptions (one of three in the Big 12). He ranks eighth nationally and second in the Big 12 among freshmen with 59.0 receiving yards per game. Wright has established Baylor freshman records for receptions and receiving yards. LB Joe Pawelek ranks fourth nationally and first in the Big 12 in tackles (11.5 tpg). He also is tied for seventh in the league with 0.25 interceptions per game. Pawelek has recorded at least 10 tackles in seven of eight games this season. Pawelek's 92 tackles this season are five shy of his season total from last season. Pawelek needs eight tackles to become the first Baylor linebacker with 100 tackles in a season since 1996. FS Jordan Lake is tied for eighth in the league and 61st nationally with 8.3 tackles per game. He leads all Big 12 defensive backs in tackles per game. Lake is averagaing 10.3 tackles per game in Big 12 play, fifth in the league and first among defensive backs. LB Antonio Jones is tied for 14th in the Big 12 in tackles (7.4 tpg). Baylor's three starting linebackers have combined for 200 tackles, 30.0 percent of the team's total tackles. P Derek Epperson ranks 16th nationally and second in the Big 12 in punting (43.5 ypp). Eight Bears have started at least 20 consecutive games: RT Dan Gay (30); Pawelek (29); DT Vincent Rhodes (28); DE Jason Lamb (26); RG James Barnard, NG Trey Bryant, FS Jordan Lake and C J.D. Walton (20). Three Baylor true freshmen are listed first at their respectitve positions: Griffin, PK Ben Parks and Wright.