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Missouri leads 10-2
Waco: Missouri leads 4-1
Columbia: Missouri leads 6-1
Neutral: Never Met
First Meeting: Missouri 38-0 [Sept. 11, 1970]
Last Meeting: Nebraska 32-20 [Nov. 1, 2008]
Record: 3-5, 0-4 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Art Briles
Career Record: 41-41 (7th season)
Baylor Record: 7-13 (2nd season)
vs. Missouri: 0-1
Rushing: Jay Finley [42-261-1]
Passing: Nick Florence [84-147-4-942-2]
Receiving: Kendall Wright [40-448-2]
Tackles: Joe Pawelek [30-45-75]
Record: 5-3, 1-3 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Gary Pinkel
Career Record: 137-80-3 (19th season)
Missouri Record: 64-43 (9th season)
vs. Baylor: 5-0
Rushing: Derrick Washington [131-550-4]
Passing: Blaine Gabbert [151-263-7-1896-15]
Receiving: Danario Alexander [58-824-7]
Tackles: Sean Weatherspoon [51-22-73]
Baylor returns to action Saturday, Nov. 7, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for a Big 12 Conference inter-division game at Missouri. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST at Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field on the Missouri campus. This is fifth conference game for both teams and Baylor's final game this season against a North Division opponent. Saturday's game will not be televised.
The Bears (3-5, 0-4) have lost four straight games. Most recently, Baylor dropped a 20-10 decision at home against Nebraska last Saturday. Baylor is 1-2 on the road this season, winning at Wake Forest in the season opener and falling at Oklahoma and at Iowa State.
The Tigers (5-3, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday with a 36-17 victory at Colorado. Missouri, which was ranked as high as 18th this season in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, is 2-2 at home this season with losses in each of its last two games at Faurot Field.
Nine true freshmen have seen time for Baylor this season: CB Chance Casey, QB Nick Florence, WR Josh Gordon, S Mike Hicks, WR Willie Jefferson, LB Logan Lanier, S Anthony Moore, IR Michael Valdez and OG Ivory Wade. Casey, Florence and Wade all have garnered starts.
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 9-32 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 (4-61).
Baylor's nine victories are as follows: Iowa State (1996), Kansas (1998), Kansas (2002), Colorado (2003), Iowa State (2005), Kansas State (2006), Colorado (2006), Kansas (2006) and Iowa State (2008). Baylor has won five of its last 12 against Big 12 North opponents.
LACK OF TURNOVERS AFFECTING BEARS
Baylor is tied for 69th nationally with 14 turnovers gained this season; furthermore, the Bears have produced only three turnovers in their first four conference games.
Last season, Baylor averaged 2.3 takeaways per game; this season, that average has dipped to 1.7 per game. The Bears won the turnover battle in 10 of 12 games last season, losing the edge once and breaking even once. This season, the Bears have won the turnover battle in three of eight games, going 3-0 in those games.
Baylor defense produced at least one turnover in each game of the 2008 season; however, the Bears have failed to produce a turnover in three games this season, going 0-3 in those contests. Baylor is 0-6 in the Art Briles era when losing the turnover battle, including an 0-5 mark this season.
PAWELEK NEARS NCAA TACKLES MILESTONE
Senior LB Joe Pawelek needs 21 tackles to crack the NCAA top-20 list for career tackles. He currently ranks 24th on the list with 388 career stops, most among active FBS players. The NCAA began tracking tackles for its records book in 2000. Since then, 21 players have reached 400 career tackles. Tim McGarigle of Northwestern holds the recognized NCAA career tackles record, making 545 career stops from 2002 to 2005.
Due to the fact that the NCAA did not begin recognizing tackles records until 2000, two former Baylor All-Americans are not on the list. Ray Berry had 380 career tackles from 1983 to 1986. Mike Singletary is the unofficial all-time tackles leader in Division I history; he made 662 stops from 1977 to 1980.