SS Brandon Stiggers is one of seven Bears averaging at least 5.0 tackles per game.
Oct. 29, 2007
BAYLOR (3-6, 0-5) vs.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2007 2:00 P.M. CDT
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM (50,000)
BAYLOR: Guy Morriss (TCU, 1973)
Record at Baylor: 18-37 (5th season)
Career Record: 27-51 (7th season)
Record at Texas Tech: 62-36 (8th season)
Career Record: 62-36 (8th season)
Record vs. Baylor: 7-0
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Baylor returns to action Saturday, Nov. 3, hosting Texas Tech for a Big 12 Conference South Division game. Kickoff between the Bears and the Red Raiders is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor is 0-2 against Big 12 South opponents this season, while Texas Tech is 1-1. The game is part of Homecoming festivities on the Baylor campus.
The Bears (3-6, 0-5) have dropped five straight following a 51-13 loss at
The Red Raiders (6-3, 2-3) have dropped two consecutive games, following a 31-26 loss to
BAYLOR-TEXAS TECH SERIES
This is the 66th meeting between Baylor and Texas Tech. The all-time series is knotted 32-32-1, but the Red Raiders have won the last 11 meetings. Baylor's last victory over Tech was a 9-7 win at home in 1995 when the Red Raiders were ranked 24th nationally. The Red Raiders were 28-0 winners at Floyd Casey Stadium in their last visit (2005). The series dates back to Nov. 2, 1929, a 34-0 Baylor victory in
SERIES NOTES: Tech's current 11-game series winning streak matches the longest by either team in the series; Baylor also enjoyed an 11-game winning streak from 1947 to 1960. ... Baylor scored 21 fourth-quarter points in its 42-28 victory in 1968. It was the most points a Baylor team had ever scored in the fourth quarter, a mark which has been matched four times since. ... In 1980, the Bears held the Red Raiders to minus-36 yards rushing on 47 attempts, the second-best defensive performance by a Baylor squad and the school modern record (since 1950). ... In 2003,
Overall: Tied 32-32-1
Neutral Site: never met
Since Start of Big 12: Texas Tech leads 11-0
Most Points Scored, Baylor: 45 (1986)
Most Points Scored,
Most Points Scored, both teams: 82 (2001, TTU 63-19)
Largest Margin of Victory, Baylor: 34-0 (1929)
Largest Margin of Victory,
NOV. 4, 2006 JONES AT&T STADIUM
Texas Tech outscored Baylor 48-7 in the game's final 38 minutes, overcoming an early 14-7 deficit for a 55-21 victory over the Bears at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Graham Harrell torched the Baylor secondary for 483 yards and four touchdowns on 35-of-52 passing. Three of his touchdown strikes went to Joel Filani, who finished with 212 yards on eight receptions.
As a team, Texas Tech tallied 682 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Baylor managed just 217 yards, its lowest single-game output in more than a year.
Tech marched 80 yards on 10 plays on the game's first possession; the Raiders capped the drive with a 20-yard Harrell-to-Edward Britton touchdown pass.
Baylor answered with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter. Blake Szymanski, who made his first career start in place of the injured Shawn Bell, connected with Trent Shelton for a 56-yard touchdown strike.
A James Todd interception set up Baylor's next score as he picked off a Harrell pass at the Tech 28 and returned it to the Red Raiders' 3. One play later, Szymanski dropped back to pass and then sprinted into the end zone off right tackle.
However, that was the only lead the Bears would enjoy as Tech scored the next five touchdowns to take a commanding 42-14 lead by midway through the third quarter.
Baylor finally snapped the Tech 35-0 run on another Szymanski 3-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
Szymanski finished the game 16-of-30 for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also had 25 yards rushing on 22 rushes, six of which were sacks.
Game time for Baylor's Nov. 10 game at fifth-ranked
Baylor is 3-4 all-time when 3-6, including a 2-4 mark when following a loss; this is the first time Baylor has ever been 3-6 with a five-game losing streak. Baylor also faced Texas Tech with a 3-6 record in 2003; the Red Raiders won the game 62-14.
Baylor has lost nine straight Big 12 games since its 36-35 comeback victory over
Baylor is 161-222-20 all-time in November, including a 1-12 mark under head coach Guy Morriss.
Baylor is 29-58-5 all-time on the first Saturday of November, including a 4-6-1 mark on Nov. 3.
Baylor is 3-0 this season when scoring first and when leading at halftime; the Bears are 0-6 this season both when the opponent scores first and when trailing at halftime.
Baylor has forced at least one turnover in 28 of the last 32 games, including 19 games with at least two turnovers forced in that time.
Baylor's defense has held the opposing offense without a first-quarter touchdown in 20 of the last 31 games, including 14 first-quarter shutouts in that time.
Baylor has been flagged 53 times for 457 yards through this season's first nine games. Last year, the Bears were penalized 64 times for 634 yards through the first nine games.
Baylor's defense has logged 21 quarterback sacks through nine games this season after recording only 11 sacks in 12 games last year.
One year after losing 32 seniors, including 24 fifth-year players, Baylor's 2007 roster features 71 underclassmen -- 45 of whom are either true (25) or redshirt (20) freshmen -- and just 17 seniors.
Baylor is one of nine Division I-A schools with at least 40 underclassmen on roster.
BAYLOR HOMECOMING HISTORY
Baylor plays its 75th Homecoming game Saturday. The Bears are 34-36-4 all-time in Homecoming games after snapping an eight-game losing streak in such games with a 36-35 victory over
Baylor, which first recognized Homecoming in 1909, is among five universities that were the first to hold homecoing festivities --
This is the fourth time Baylor has played Texas Tech as its Homecoming opponent. Texas Tech has been Baylor's Homecoming opponent in each of the Red Raiders' last three visits to Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor has faced TCU (31 meetings) the most on Homecoming, followed by Texas A&M (20), Arkansas (eight), Texas Tech (four), Iowa State (two), Kansas State (two), Texas (two), and six other teams once.
1956 BEARS HONORED
Baylor's 1956 squad will be honored during Homecoming festivities in association with Saturday's game against Texas Tech. The 1956 squad, which won the 1957 Sugar Bowl, celebrates its 50th reunion this weekend.
The Bears posted a 9-2 record during the 1956 season, one of the best in program history to date. Baylor started the season with four consecutive wins, out-scoring its opponents 62-13 in those four games. The Bears climbed to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 before a 19-13 loss to seventh-ranked Texas A&M. The following week, the Bears were upset 7-6 at TCU and fell out of the national rankings. However, Baylor won its final four regular season games, starting with a 10-7 victory over Texas; the Bears out-scored their opponents 108-27 in those four games and finished the regular season ranked 11th nationally.
Baylor defeated Southeastern Conference champion and second-ranked
Shawn Bell will be honored during halftime ceremonies of Baylor's Homecoming game Saturday against Texas Tech. Bell will be presented the Bobby Jones Award, given annually to the MVP of Baylor's Homecoming game from the previous season.
One of the most productive quarterbacks in Baylor history,
TURNOVERS COSTLY FOR BEARS
Baylor has committed 31 turnovers through nine games (3.4 per game), and the Bears' opponents have turned those into 95 points (30.7 percent of total points allowed) for an average of 3.1 points per turnover. Meanwhile, Baylor has forced 17 turnovers (1.9 per game) and turned those into 51 points (29.0 percent of total points scored) for an average of 3.0 points per turnover.
In Big 12 Conference play, Baylor has committed 22 turnovers in five games (4.4 per game); the Bears' opponents have scored 78 points off those turnovers (35.9 percent of total points allowed) for an average of 3.5 points per turnover. Interestingly, a higher percentage of Baylor's points in Big 12 play have come from the opponents' turnovers. The Bears have forced eight turnovers in five league games (1.6 per game) and scored 24 points off those turnovers (36.4 percent of total points scored) for an average of 3.0 points per turnover.
BEARS IN MIDST OF TOUGH STRETCH
Saturday's game against Texas Tech is Baylor's second consecutive game against an unranked opponent. However, the Red Raiders are the Bears' fourth consecutive opponent and sixth this year ranked at some point during the season. In fact, six of Baylor's eight Big 12 opponents have been ranked nationally in either the Associated Press Top 25 or the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Only
DEFENSIVE STARTERS A FAMILIAR BUNCH
Baylor has used only 13 players as starters on defense this season: Josh Bell, Trey Bryant, Dwain Crawford, Geoff Nelson, Jason Lamb,
Six Baylor defensive players have started at least 10 consecutive games, dating back to last season.
BAYLOR SPREADS THE WEALTH IN PASSING GAME
Through nine games, 16 different players have recorded at least one reception this season. That total is tied for fifth nationally and tied for second among Big 12 Conference schools.
Baylor's 16 players with at least one reception this season are: Brandon Whitaker (37 receptions), Justin Akers (36), Brad Taylor (27), David Gettis (25), Krys Buerck (23), Ernest Smith (17), Thomas White (16), Justin Fenty (15), Jay Finley (15), Mikail Baker (six), Jacoby Jones (three), Kyle Mitchell (three), Eddy Newton (three), Luke La Mar (two), Joe Bennett (one) and Keegan Vann (one).
Furthermore, nine different Baylor players have at least one touchdown reception this season: Akers (four), White (four), Buerck (two), Taylor (two), Whitaker (two), Finley (one), Jones (one), Smith (one) and Vann (one). That total is tied for third nationally and ranks first in the Big 12. Troy (13 players) leads the nation, while
PAWELEK CONTINUES TO ANCHOR BEARS' DEFENSE
LB Joe Pawelek, a Freshman All-America selection in 2006, has continued his stellar play at middle linebacker as a sophomore in 2007. Through nine games, Pawelek has averaged 9.3 tackles per game to rank sixth in the Big 12 Conference and 49th nationally. He has averaged 11.2 tackles per game in Baylor's five Big 12 contests, third in the league.
Pawelek has 84 tackles on the season, including 36 solo efforts and 7.5 stops behind the line. He has 2.0 sacks, one interception, two passes broken up, one quarterback hurry, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery. Pawelek is two tackles shy of his total (86) from last season when he was a first-team Freshman All-America selection.
FS Jordan Lake is tied for fourth in the Big 12 and is tied for 40th nationally with 9.7 tackles per game. A sophomore from Houston's Memorial High School, Lake leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in tackles among defensive backs.
Lake, who was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following the Bears' 34-21 victory at
GETTIS NEARS ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE LIST
WR David Gettis enters the Texas Tech game with 957 all-purpose yards this season, gaining 356 yards on 25 receptions and 601 yards on 25 kickoff returns. Gettis had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Oct. 13 at
Over the last four games, Gettis has averaged 170.5 all-purpose yards per game. Against
Gettis needs 228 all-purpose yards in Baylor's final three games to crack the Bears' all-time top-10 list. Currently, Reggie Newhouse (2002) and Willie Andrews (2004) are tied for 10th with 1,184 yards.
WHITAKER RECEIVES ATTENTION FROM BACKFIELD
RB Brandon Whitaker leads Baylor with 37 receptions this season, already eclipsing his career high for catches in a season (30, established in each of the past two seasons). Whitaker has led the Bears in receptions twice this season but also has gone reception-less in two games. After not catching a pass against Texas A&M, he tallied 11 receptions against
Whitaker established career highs in receptions and yards receivng (166) against
Whitaker also broke Baylor's career receptions mark for a non-receiver in the
Entering the Texas Tech game, Whitaker needs one catch to become the seventh player in school history with at least 100 career receptions. He also needs 62 yards rushing to become the 28th 1,000-yard rusher in school history. One of five Bears with at least two touchdown receptions this season, Whitaker ranks third on the squad with 296 yards receiving.
OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY VASTLY IMPROVED
After giving up 36 sacks in 12 games last season, Baylor's offensive line has shown vast improvement in 2007. The Bears' quarterbacks have been sacked only 14 times in nine games.
Baylor's offensive line did not allow a sack against Texas A&M nor against Colorado, marking the first time the Bears' did not allow a sack in consecutive games since a three-game run late in the 1995 season (at Miami, at SMU, Rice). The Texas A&M game was the first time a Baylor quarterback was not sacked since the 2004
From 1998 through 2006, Baylor quarterbacks were sacked 328 times in 113 games (2.9 per game), allowing at least 25 sacks each season and a high of 52 sacks in a 12-game 2002 schedule. This season, the Bears are allowing only 1.6 sacks per game. More impressively, the Bears' quarterbacks were sacked once every 11.3 pass attempts from 1998 through 2006; this season, they have been sacked once every 31.9 pass attempts.
BEARS HAVE 20/20 VISION
In five seasons under head coach Guy Morriss, Baylor has established a bit of a vicenary rule on the scoreboard. The Bears are 16-12 when scoring at least 20 points and 2-25 when scoring less than 20 points since the start of the 2003 season. Likewise, the Bears are 10-3 when holding the opponent to fewer than 20 points and 8-34 when allowing 20 or more points in that time.
FIRST-QUARTER DEFENSIVE SUCCESS CONTINUES
Baylor's defense allowed just 57 first-quarter points in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points per game allowed in the opening period. Two of the seven first-quarter touchdowns allowed by the Bears last season were scores by the opponent's defense, meaning Baylor's defense allowed only 3.6 first-quarter points per game. The Bears' defense allowed only six first-quarter touchdowns (two of which were followed by missed extra points) and one field goal. No team scored more than one offensive touchdown, only two scored more than once -- Texas Tech (offensive touchdown and field goal) and
That success has carried over to the 2007 season as the Bears have allowed only eight first-quarter scores and only three first-quarter touchdowns through the first nine games. Baylor held TCU,
In 31 games since the 2005 season opener at SMU, Baylor has held the opponent without a first-quarter offensive touchdown 20 times with 14 first-quarter shutouts. Texas Tech last season,
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, but the last three seasons it has reversed that trend. The Bears' defense has forced 73 turnovers (41 interceptions, 32 fumble recoveries) since the start of the 2005 season to rank third in the Big 12 and tied for 15th nationally among Division I-A teams in that span. Baylor has come up with at least one turnover in 28 of 32 games since the start of the 2005 season, including 19 games with two or more.
Baylor forced 34 turnovers over 23 games (1.5 per game) in Guy Morriss' first two seasons, compared to the 73 it has totaled over the last 32 outings (2.3 per game). Here's a look at the teams with most turnovers forced over the last three seasons:
TURNOVERS GAINED 2005 2006 2007 TOTAL
1. TCU 40 26 15 81
Purdue 27 32 19 78
15. BAYLOR 29 27 17 73
Louisiana-Monroe 26 34 13 73
24. UTEP 24 25 19 68
Baylor has recorded 15 non-offensive scores in 55 games under head coach Guy Morriss, notching at least one such score in each of Morriss' five seasons.
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
NOTES FROM THE
Baylor committed four first-half turnovers for the first time since last season's
Baylor committed seven turnovers (three interceptions, four fumbles) for the first time since the final game of the 2000 season against
Baylor allowed a season-high five sacks; the Bears' quarterbacks had been sacked only nine times in the season's first eight games.
Baylor was penalized nine times for 103 yards, a season high in yardage.
Jordy Nelson's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game's final minutes tied for the longest punt return ever against Baylor.
CB Antareis Bryan's first-quarter interception was the first of his career.
WR Thomas White's 52-yard, second-quarter touchdown reception was the longest reception of his career.
White recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game. It was Baylor's second 100-yard receiving game this season (Brandon Whitaker, 166 vs.
White's second career multiple-touchdown game; he also had two touchdown receptions against
Szymanski became the fifth player in school history to pass for at least 2,000 yards in a season; Szymanski now has 2,147 yards passing this season, fifth all-time at Baylor.
Szymanski's fifth 200-yard passing game of the season.
DE Jason Lamb tied his career high with seven tackles.
Second straight double-digit tackle game for FS Jordan Lake, fourth this season.
Third straight double-digit tackle game for LB Joe Pawelek, fourth this season and fifth of his career.
2007 SCHEDULE FEATURES EIGHT 2006 BOWL TEAMS
After playing seven of 12 games a year ago against teams that went on to earn bowl invitations, Baylor will face eight 2006 bowl teams this season, including six of its eight Big 12 opponents. But, that's nothing new for coach Guy Morriss' program, as 28 times in his first 46 games (including 25 of 32 Big 12 contests) along the Baylor sideline he's faced an opponent who ended the season in a bowl game.
The Bears' 2007 opponents combined for an 85-67 (.559) record a year ago and eight earned bowl bids -- TCU (Poinsettia champion), Rice (New Orleans), Texas (Alamo champion), Kansas State (Texas), Texas A&M (Holiday), Texas Tech (Insight champion), Oklahoma (Fiesta) and Oklahoma State (Independence champion). Baylor's eight 2007 Big 12 foes went 60-43 (.583) a year ago and recorded all three of the league's bowl wins.
Six of Baylor's eight losses in 2006 came at the hands of eventual bowl-bound teams while it knocked off Texas Bowl participant
Over Morriss' four seasons in
BAYLOR AMONG NATION'S BEST COLLEGES
Other Big 12 schools ranked were:
FORMER WALK-ONS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS
Six senior walk-on members of the Baylor football team were awarded scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year: OG Ricky Hasoon, LB Daniel Lopez, CB Ralph Rodriguez, OL Ted Tanner, SS Zach Jones and FB Keegan Vann.
At the end of spring practice, the Baylor staff also placed junior WR Thomas White on scholarship. Including the seniors receiving scholarships prior to the start of the season, Baylor's 2007 roster features eight walk-ons who have earned scholarships.
Since Morriss' arrival in 2003, 30 Bears have gone from walk-on to scholarship status.
AFCA SALUTES BAYLOR FOR GRADUATION RATE
Baylor was one of 34 NCAA Division I-A schools to have its football program honored with the 2007 Academic Achievement Award by the American Football Coaches Association.
In the most-recent AFCA survey, four institutions registered graduation rates of 90 percent or more for their 2001-02 freshman football class, including Northwestern and Notre Dame, which earned top honors from the Touchdown Club of Memphis with their 95 percent marks.
Baylor joined Big 12 schools
FOOTBALL OPERATIONS HEADED TO CAMPUS IN 2008
Ground was broken May 10, 2007, on the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex and the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center, a $34 million complex that will integrate the Baylor athletics department and football program into the campus environment for the first time since the late 1950s.
The lead gift for the privately funded project and the largest single gift in school history is from the estate of Alwin O. Highers Jr. of Alexandria, La. A native Texan and a 1939 Baylor business graduate, Mr. Highers was well known as the owner of
The focal point of the Highers Athletics Complex will be the 96,300-square-foot Simpson Athletics and
Simpson earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance, with magna cum laude honors, in 1970 and his MBA in 1971.
The first floor of the Simpson Athletics and
The Highers Athletics Complex will include three football practice fields, two with a natural surface and the other with artificial turf. Construction will take approximately 18 months and is expected to be completed by July 2008.
The Bears' 2007 roster includes the sons of six former Baylor football standouts, three of whom were All-Americans during their Baylor careers. True freshmen Matt Singletary, V.J. McElroy and Chris Francis join three other sons of Baylor legacies already in the program--sophomore offensive guard Sam Sledge, redshirt freshman receiver Ben Randle and sophomore running back Tony Anderson, who must sit out the season as a transfer from
Singletary's father, Mike, was a three-time All-American and two-time Davey O'Brien Award winner who is enshrined in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame after standout playing careers at Baylor and with the NFL's Chicago Bears. McElroy's father, Vann, was a two-time All-America defensive back at Baylor who went on to play in two Pro Bowls with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders. The younger Francis' father, James, earned 1989 All-America and Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors and was a first-round NFL Draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.
David Sledge was an All-Southwest Conference performer for the Bears in 1978. Alfred Anderson, the third-leading rusher in school history, and Ervin Randle, an eight-year NFL veteran with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, were Baylor teammates in the early 1980s.
COACHING STAFF FEATURES FOUR NEW FACES
In the off-season, Baylor's coaching staff underwent a makeover as four new faces were added, and the dean of the Bears' staff, Larry Hoefer, was promoted to defensive coordinator.
After spending the past three seasons as running backs coach at the
Cornell Jackson, who coached running backs at the
Hoefer, the only remaining member of Morriss' original staff, was named the Bears' defensive coordinator in late February when Bill Bradley was hired as secondary coach of the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
Lee Hays returns for his second season as Baylor's offensive coordinator and will also tutor the Baylor signal callers in 2007, while Gary Kinne (linebackers) and Don Wnek (defensive line) are back for their second and third seasons, respectively, in the Baylor program.
The 2007 Baylor coaching staff boasts more than 160 years of experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. Six members of Baylor's staff played NCAA Division I football and four played professional football.
BAYLOR CONTINUES TO IMPROVE UNDER MORRISS
Introduced as Baylor's 24th head football coach on Dec. 11, 2002, Guy Morriss inherited a proud program that had fallen on hard times and produced just 13 victories in the six seasons (1997-2002) prior to his arrival. He and his staff have already posted more wins both overall (18) and in Big 12 play (seven) in five years than the Bears registered in the seven previous years (17 overall/four Big 12) before Morriss' Central Texas arrival.
Morriss has directed Baylor to seven of its 11 all-time Big 12 Conference victories and its only two conference road wins, while improving the Bears' league win total in each of the last three seasons. He owns a 18-37 record in five seasons at Baylor and is 27-51 in seven seasons as a head coach overall.
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Baylor returns to action Saturday, Nov. 10, traveling to