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No. 5 Football Hosts Oklahoma in Top-10 Showdown


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5/5/6 BAYLOR (7-0, 4-0) vs. 12/8/10 OKLAHOMA (7-1, 4-1)
Nov. 7, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)

TV: FS1
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Date Sat., Nov. 7 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium
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BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA SERIES
Series Oklahoma leads, 21-1
In Waco Oklahoma leads, 10-1
In Norman Oklahoma leads, 11-0
Neutral Never Met
First Meeting Oct. 26, 1901 - Oklahoma, 17-6
Last Meeting Nov. 11, 2012 - Oklahoma, 42-34
5/5/6 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 7-0, 4-0 Big 12
Ranking 5 (AP), 5 (Coaches), 6 (BCS)
Last Game Oct. 26, 2013 (def. Kansas, 59-14)
Head Coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
Career: 74-58 (11th season)
BU Record: 40-30 (6th season)
12/8/10 OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Record 7-1, 4-1 Big 12
Ranking 12 (AP), 8 (Coaches), 10 (BCS)
Last Game Oct. 26, 2013 (def. Texas Tech, 38-30)
Head Coach Bob Stoops (Iowa, 1983)
Career: 156-38 (15th season)
OU Record: 156-38 (15th season)

STORYLINES
• Baylor is 4-0 vs. Top 25 teams at home since 2011. • Baylor is 11-1 in months of Nov. & Dec. since 2011 (4-1 vs. ranked teams in Nov/Dec).
• Baylor owns a school-record 11-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (3rd-longest active streak in FBS).
• Baylor is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1980. BU is seeking the first 8-0 start in school history.
• Baylor's offense leads NCAA in: Total Offense (718.4ypg), Scoring (63.9ppg), Passing (417.3ypg), Pass Efficiency (207.1), Yards/Play (9.06), Passing Yds/Comp (19.6).
• Baylor's defense has more interceptions (9), than passing TDs allowed (7)
• Baylor's starting (first string) defensive unit has given up just 8 TDs through 7 games.
• Baylor has trailed for just 4:33 over last 9 games (540 total minutes) dating to 2012 (9-0 during span).
• Baylor is outscoring opponents 295-44 in the first half (42.1-6.3 average halftime score).
• Baylor leads nation in both defensive 3-and-outs (7.1) and fewest offensive 3-and-outs (1.1).
• Baylor owns a 4-0 record in Big 12 play for the first time ever. The Bears were last 4-0 in conference play in 1985 when they started 5-0 in Southwest Conference play.
• Baylor has won 8 straight at home and has not lost at "The Case" since Oct. 13, 2012, vs. TCU. The Bears are looking to tie a Floyd Casey Stadium record of 9 straight home wins.
• In home games, Baylor is 17-1 since 2011, 21-3 over the last 3+ seasons and 27-10 in the Art Briles era.
• Baylor faces its first ranked opponent of 2013 in OU. BU is 5-4 over the last 2 seasons vs. ranked foes.
• Baylor is currently No. 5 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls, while sitting at No. 6 in the BCS standings. The No. 5 AP ranking is Baylor's highest in that poll since 1953 when it was No. 3.
• Baylor is 7th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 301.1 yards per game.
• Baylor and Oklahoma will meet for the 23rd time on Thursday. OU leads the all-time series 21-1 and holds a 10-1 advantage in games played in Waco. BU's lone win in the series came at home in 2011.
• Baylor ranks 6th in the FBS and 1st in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 15.9 points per game.
• Baylor leads the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 57 TDs on 100 drives (.570). The starting offense has 71 drives that have resulted in 46 touchdowns (.648).
• Baylor ranks 11th in country and 2nd in Big 12 in total defense, surrendering only 316.0 yards per game.
• BU is 1 of 3 teams (Fla. St. & Ohio St.) in FBS ranked top-12 in total offense and total defense.
• Baylor is bowl-eligible for the 4th consecutive year for the first time in school history.
• Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium has hosted 8 games in which both teams have been ranked. BU is 4-4 in those games. The only other game with two top-10 teams was in 1956 (No. 7 TAMU 19, No. 8 BU 13).
• Baylor has won school-record 7 straight Big 12 games (previous high was 5 in 2010).
• Baylor's offense has topped 700 yards in 5 of the last 7 games and surpassed 600 yards in 8 of its last 10 (10-0 record in that span).
• Baylor's defense is 3rd in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 9.1 per game.
• Baylor's defense leads the nation in red zone defense (55.0%).
• Baylor's opponents are 3 of 18 (16.7%) on 4th down. That mark is 3rd in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12.
• Baylor's defense is limiting opposing offenses to 177.3 yards per game through the air. That total is 6th nationally and 1st in the conference.
• Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 34 straight games and is averaging 608.8 yards per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
• Baylor has completed 25 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 17 for TDs.
• Baylor is 53 of 95 (56%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 4th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 10 of its last 14 games (Baylor's record is 12-2 in that span). BU is 20-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
• Baylor is 8th nationally and 1st in Big 12 in sacks with 3.29/game. Baylor's defense has 30 sacks over last 8 games (3 vs. KU, 5 vs. ISU, 2 vs. K-State, 4 vs. WVU, 2 vs. ULM, 2 vs. Buffalo, 6 vs. Wofford and 6 in Holiday Bowl win over UCLA). BU is 23-4 over past 3+ years with 2 or more sacks in game.
• Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 3rd-best nationally and 1st in the Big 12 at 95.92.
• Baylor ranks 13th in tackles for loss allowed and 1st in the Big 12, giving up only 4.14 per game.
• Baylor's defense is 19th in the country and third in the Big 12 in 3rd-down conversion defense (32.8%).
• Baylor is 21st nationally and 2nd in the conference by surrendering only 1.14 sacks per game.
• Baylor's offense has suffered just eight 3-and-outs in 103 drives this season (leads nation).
• Baylor's combined 447 points scored in the first 7 games are the most over any 7-game stretch in school history and more total points than BU has scored in 66 of the last 68 full seasons.
• Baylor has four 70-point games this season -- only three such games in its 111 years prior.
• Members of the All-Floyd Casey Stadium team will be honored at halftime of Thursday's contest. The team was selected earlier this year by a voting panel. Attending honorees include All-Americans Santana Dotson and Daniel Sepulveda. For a complete listing of the team see page 10.
• In first 7 games of year, BU notched 6 of top-7 single game yardage totals in program history with 692 vs. Wofford, 714 vs. ISU, 743 vs. KU, 781 vs. Buffalo and ULM and school and Big 12 record 872 vs. WVU.
• The Bears have posted the top-five scoring outputs in school history in the modern-era (post-WWII) in their first seven games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. both Buffalo and ULM, 73 vs. West Virginia and 71 vs. ISU.

QUICK HITS
Bryce Petty leads the nation in Pass Efficiency (219.0) and Yds/Comp (20.11).
• Petty leads Big 12 in Passing Yds (350.4) and Completion % (69.3).
Lache Seastrunk: 124.1 Rush Yds/Gm (9th nationally, 1st Big 12); 11 TDs (13th nation, 1st Big 12).
• Seastrunk has 10 100-yard rushing games in last 11 and is averaging 9.1 yards per carry (2nd nationally).
• Junior Antwan Goodley is 3rd nationally and 1st in Big 12 with 127.7 receiving yards/game. He is 3rd in FBS with 23.5 yards per catch.
• Senior Tevin Reese is 7th in FBS and 2nd in Big 12 with 117.7 yds/game.
• Goodley and Reese rank 12th in NCAA & lead Big 12 with 8 TDs in 2013. Both are on Biletnikoff watch list.
• Reese ranks 4th in receptions (182), 3rd in yards (3,059) and 3rd in TDs (24) in BU history.
• Reese has scored 21 of his 24 career TD receptions from 40+ yards. He averages 52.56 yards per career TD reception. Reese is second in the nation with 25.0 yards per catch.
• RB Glasco Martin has 5 rushing TDs in 2013 (had 15 in 2012, the 2nd-most in BU history). He has 23 for his career, which ranks 6th all-time at BU.
• LB Eddie Lackey claimed the Big 12's Defensive POW after Iowa State game. He had eight tackles, a sack, 1.5 TFLs and a fumble recovery. He is BU's first-ever three-time defensive POW winner.
• LB Bryce Hager is 5th in the Big 12 with 8.3 tackles per game.
• DE Shawn Oakman is 4th in NCAA with 1.7 TFLs per game.
• DE Chris McAllister is tied for 2nd on the school career sacks list with 14.0.
• DE Terrance Lloyd is .5 sacks shy of cracking BU's top 10 list with 9.0.
• WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games.
• S Terrell Burt won the Big 12's Defensive POW after ULM game. Career-high 7 tackles (4 solo) and INT (returned 63 yards for TD).
• PK Aaron Jones is 54-for-54 on PATs in `13. BU's career leader in scoring with 399 pts. and FG made (51).
• Jones boasts NCAA's longest active streak of 161 straight made PATs (school record). 246 career made PATs is 7 shy of NCAA all-time record (Art Carmody, Louisville, 253).

BRILES' SYSTEM IS AMERICA'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor leads the country in total offense (718.4 ypg.), scoring offense (63.9 ppg.), passing offense (417.3 ypg.) and passing efficiency (207.12). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (1st, 417.3) and rushing offense (7th, 301.1). Baylor's offensive machine has ranked among the nation's top two offenses in each of the past three seasons, the only school to achieve the feat.

BAYLOR SCORING AT LIGHTNING PACE
The Bears have scored 44 of their 55 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including 22 in under one minute. BU is averaging 6.0 plays per scoring drive in 2013 with an average length of 67.3 yards and an average time of 1:43.

THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first seven games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 335 rushes on the season and only 220 passes. Baylor is the nation's only team to rank among the top 25 in both rushing and passing in each of the last four years.

11-GAME WINNING STREAK
Baylor set a new school record with 11 straight wins with the road win at Kansas That mark surpasses the 10 straight games won in 1936 and 1937. The Bears won the final three regular-season games in 2012 as well as a decisive 49-26 victory over No. 17 UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. Three of the 10 wins in the streak have come over top 25 teams (No. 1 Kansas State, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 17 UCLA). The current streak is 3rd-longest nationally.

BEARS D STEPPING UP
A significant, but oft-overlooked, component to Baylor's success in 2013 (and 11-game winning streak that spans back to 2012) is the improvement of the defense. The Bears veteran D ranks sixth nationally and leads the Big 12 in points allowed (15.9/game) and ranks 11th nationally and second in the Big 12 in total yards allowed (316.0/game).

TOP 25 TEAMS 0-4 AT FLOYD CASEY LAST THREE SEASONS
Baylor is 4-0 over the last three seasons vs. Top 25-ranked teams at home (2-0 in both 2012 and 2011).

NOVEMBER (AND DECEMBER) IS FOR CONTENDERS
Baylor has compiled an 11-1 mark in November and December since 2011 (7-1 in Nov., 4-0 in Dec.). Included in those games is 4-1 record vs. Top 25 teams (wins over No. 5 OU in 2011 and No. 2 K-State, No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 17 UCLA in 2012).

SUCCESS AT HOME IN `THE CASE'
Baylor is on an eight-game winning streak at home and has compiled a 21-3 record in Floyd Casey Stadium over the past three-plus seasons (including having won 17 of its last 18 games). Over its last 18 games in Waco, BU is beating its opponents by average score of 53-25 (953-446), while totaling an average of 632 yards of offense per game. Baylor plays a school-record tying seven home games during Floyd Casey's curtain-call season in 2013.

PETTY PRETTY NEAR PERFECTION IN FIRST SEVEN STARTS
Through seven games, Bryce Petty is averaging 350.4 passing yards per game, while completing 69.3 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and only one interception. He leads the country in passing efficiency at 219.01 and in ESPN's adjusted QBR rankings with a score of 95.3. Petty's 13-for-16 performance with 338 yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo is listed as the No. 1 game of the year in the adjusted QBR rankings. Petty served as the backup to Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence the past two seasons. The junior had thrown just 14 passes in 11 career games played entering 2013, but has been through three seasons and four spring drills at Baylor since signing in 2009 and enrolling in January 2010.

SEASTRUNK SENSATIONAL THROUGH SEVEN
Junior running back Lache Seastrunk has racked up 869 yards of rushing on 96 attempts through the first seven games. He is second in the nation with 9.1 yards per carry and leads the Big 12 with 11 rushing touchdowns. He is less than 62 yards away from cracking the Baylor top 10 list for most yards in a single season and his 124.14 yards per contest would currently be a new BU school record. That mark is ninth nationally with Seastrunk gaining at least 100 yards in six of the season's first seven games.

REESE RACING INTO RECORD BOOKS
A two-time All-Big 12 honoree, Tevin "Sweet Feet" Reese is averaging 117.7 receiving yards per game, which ranks seventh in FBS and second in the Big 12 behind teammate Antwan Goodley. Reese ranks second nationally with 25.0 yards per catch, and his eight touchdown catches are tied with Goodley for the Big 12 lead and rank 12th nationally. He's third in Baylor history with 3,059 career receiving yards and 24 career receiving touchdowns, and his 182 career receptions are fourth-most ever at Baylor. One of the nation's best big-play threats, Reese averages 52.6 yards per TD reception, and 21 of his 24 career receiving TDs have gone for 40 or more yards.

STARTING OFFENSE IS WELL-OILED MACHINE
Baylor's starting offense has had 71 drives that have resulted in 47 touchdowns, five field goals, 11 punts, three turnover on downs, one interception and four fumbles (four End Of Halfs and 4 defensive TDs not included).

STARTING D TOUGH TO SCORE ON
Baylor's defense ranks sixth nationally in points allowed with 15.9, but has actually only allowed 62 points (8.9/gm) by its starting defense (42 of 111 total points allowed after reserves entered and 7 allowed by special teams - see chart below), including zero points over the last two games. The starting unit has allowed just eight TDs in seven games this season.

STARTING D TOUGH TO SCORE ON
Baylor's defense ranks sixth nationally in points allowed with 15.9, but has actually only allowed 62 points (8.9/gm) by its starting defense (42 of 111 total points allowed after reserves entered and 7 allowed by special teams - see chart below), including zero points over the last two games. The starting unit has allowed just eight TDs in seven games this season.


 

 

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