|Baylor (4-3, 1-3) vs. Missouri (4-4, 2-3)
Nov. 5, 2011 | 6 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Baylor looks to stay undefeated at home when it hosts Missouri (4-4, 2-3) in the 80th Homecoming game at Floyd Casey Stadium. Saturday's game marks 102 years since Baylor hosted the nation's first Homecoming in 1909. The game will kick at 6 p.m. and be televised nationally on FSN.
Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (192.36) and first downs (28.71), ranks third in total offense (560.00), ninth in scoring offense (41.43), sixth in passing offense (356.29), 22nd in rushing offense (203.71) and 34th in punt returns (10.45).
All three Baylor losses have come on the road, two to ranked teams and the third to a team currently ranked (by one point).
Heisman Trophy candidate QB Robert Griffin III has completed 75.4 percent of his passes (175-of-232), which ranks second nationally. He has thrown only four interceptions in his last 293 pass attempts. RG3 ranks third nationally in both total offense (385.29) and yards per attempt (10.24).
RG3 ranks second nationally in points responsibility (22.29) and completion percentage (75.4). He's also third nationally in pass efficiency (190.69) and is on pace to break the NCAA single-season record (186.0 by Hawai`i QB Colt Brennan in 2006).
Baylor is the only FBS school averaging 300+ yards passing and 200+ yards rushing.
Baylor is one of only three schools in FBS to rank in the top 25 in both rushing offense and passing offense (Stanford and Texas A&M). The Bears rank sixth nationally in passing (356.29) and 22nd in rushing (203.71).
RG3 ranks in the top 10 among active FBS players in seven career categories -- completion percentage (5th), passing efficiency (6th), TD responsibility (6th), total yards per game (5th), total yards (8th), passing yards (9th) and completions (9th).
RG3 has thrown 23 TD passes -- second in Big 12 and t-fifth nationally -- that have totaled 764 yards (33.2 yards per TD).
IR Kendall Wrightranks fourth nationally in both receptions (9.43) and receiving yards per game (124.86).
BAYLOR HOMECOMING HISTORY
Baylor plays its 80th Homecoming game Saturday, marking the 102nd anniversary of the first Homecoming in 1909. The Bears are 36-39-4 in Homecoming contests, including a 4-11 record in the Big 12 era. Baylor has played a Homecoming game every season since 1930, with the exception of two years during World War II (1943-44), when the Bears didn't field a team.
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 ended a three-game losing streak in Homecoming games with last season's 47-42 bowl-eligibility-clinching win over Kansas State, is 0-2 vs. Missouri on Homecoming, losing to the Tigers in 2000 (47-22) and again in 2008 (31-28).
RG3 RACKING UP THE RECORDS
Junior QB Robert Griffin III owns or shares 44 Baylor single-game, single-season or career records. The record-setting QB owns 25 different passing records. RG3 set the Baylor single-game record with 430 passing yards on Oct. 15 at No. 21 Texas A&M, surpassing the record previously held by backup QB Nick Florence(427 at Missouri, 2009).
By season's end, RG3 could become the eighth 2,000-yard rusher and first 10,000-yard passer in program history. He needs 123 rushing yards and 1,552 passing yards to reach the milestones.
BAYLOR'S POWERFUL OFFENSE
Through seven games, Baylor's powerful offense is averaging 41.4 points, 560.0 yards of total offense, 356.3 passing yards and 7.3 yards per play, while completing 75.4 percent of its passes; all five currently would stand as Baylor single-season records. Baylor has also tied the single-season school record for passing touchdowns (24).
Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (192.36) and first downs (28.71), ranks third in total offense (560.00), ninth in scoring offense (41.43), sixth in passing offense (356.29) and 22nd in rushing offense (203.71).
ANOTHER RECORD-SETTING DAY
Two seasons after freshman QB Nick Florence -- in place of an injured RG3 -- set the Baylor single-game passing record, junior QB Robert Griffin III etched his name on his 44th school record Oct. 15, passing for a school-record 430 yards in a 55-28 loss at No. 21 Texas A&M.
It was the sixth 400-yard passing game in school history and the second by Griffin III (Blake Szymanski has three).
RG3 followed that performance with 425 passing yards at Oklahoma State, giving him three of Baylor's seven all-time 400-yard passing games.
SAMPSON & WILLIAMS CRACK 1,000
WRs Lanear Sampson and Terrance Williamsboth eclipsed 1,000 career receiving yards at Oklahoma State. Sampson became the 21st 1,000-yard receiver in school history with a 41-yard grab in the third quarter, while Williams became the 22nd to reach 1,000 yards with a 72-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter.
Sampson and Williams join Kendall Wright to give the Bears three 1,000-yard receivers in the lineup.
STARTING LINEUP STABILITY
Through seven games, there have been 12 Baylor players to start every game this season -- seven on offense (QB Robert Griffin III, RB Terrance Ganaway, LT Cyril Richardson, LG Cameron Kaufhold, C Philip Blake, RG Ivory Wade and RT Robert T. Griffin) and five on defense (LB Elliot Coffey, NB Ahmad Dixon, DE Terrance Lloyd, S Mike Hicks and NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste).
RG3'S PUSH FOR THE HEISMAN
BU-RG3.com is an informative and interactive site to promote Baylor's Heisman Trophy candidate, Robert Griffin III. Baylor also launched the "RG3 for Heisman" Facebook page and "RG3 for Heisman" Twitter account (@RG3forHeisman).