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FB Meets Texas A&M for Battle of the Brazos

RV/RV Baylor (7-3, 4-2) vs. No. 23/25 Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2)
Nov. 13, 2010 | 6 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas
| Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)

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Talent: John Morris (pxp), J.J. Joe (analyst), Ricky Thompson (sideline)
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Television: FSN
Talent: Bill Land (pxp), Joel Klatt (analyst), Emily Jones (sideline)
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Live Stats:

Texas A&M leads 66-31-9
A&M leads 33-20-6
    College Station: A&M leads 31-10-3
    Neutral: A&M leads 2-1
    First Meeting: A&M won 33-0 [1899]
    Last Meeting: A&M leads 38-3 [Nov. 21, 2009]

7-3, 4-2 Big 12
Ranking: RV/RV/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Art Briles
    Career Record: 49-47 (8th season)
    Baylor Record: 15-19 (3rd season)
    vs. A&M: 1-1
Statistical Leaders:
Jay Finley [138 att., 904 yards, 8 TD]
    Passing: Robert Griffin III [226-342, 2,859 yards, 20 TD, 6 INT]
    Receiving: Kendall Wright [59 rec., 780 yards, 6 TD]
Byron Landor [98 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU]

Record: 6-3, 3-2 Big 12
Ranking: 23/25/25 (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Mike Sherman
   Career Record:
16-18 (3rd season)
   A&M Record: same
   vs. Baylor: 1-1
Statistical Leaders:
Christine Michael [126 att., 631 yards, 4 TD]
Jerrod Johnson [158-279, 1,947 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT]
Jeff Fuller [58 rec., 886 yards, 11 TD]
Michael Hodges [76 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 4.5 SACKS]

After finishing with a .500 conference record away from Waco, Baylor (7-3, 4-2) will vie for its first 5-0 home start since 1985 when the Bears host No. 23/25 Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2) at Floyd Casey Stadium. Saturday's 107th "Battle of the Brazos" will kick off at 6 p.m. CST and will be televised live nationally on FSN. BU and Texas A&M are bowl-eligible at the time of their series meeting for the first time since 1995.

Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III, who set the Baylor single-season passing record last week at Oklahoma State, is 141 passing yards shy of becoming the first Baylor QB to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season. Senior TB Jay Finley is 96 rushing yards shy of becoming the seventh Baylor player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Griffin III, who leads the Big 12 and ranks third nationally in total offense (327.5), is one of eight active FBS quarterbacks -- and only sophomore -- to compile 5,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards in his career.

Texas A&M enters Saturday's game ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season. Since moving into the starting role, QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 674 yards and six touchdowns in Texas A&M's last two games. Saturday's game will also serve as a family reunion for the Epperson family -- older brother Derek Epperson is an All-American punter at Baylor, while younger brother Ryan Epperson is a sophomore honorable mention All-Big 12 punter at Texas A&M.

Saturday is the 107th "Battle of the Brazos" series between Baylor and Texas A&M in football, the most-played series in Baylor football history. The Aggies hold a 66-31-9 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to a 33-0 A&M victory in 1899. Texas A&M also leads the series 33-20-6 in games played in Waco.

Baylor and Texas A&M have played every season since 1931 save the 1943 and 1944 seasons when Baylor did not field a team due to World War II.

• Baylor (7-3) is bowl-eligible for the first time since 1995 (finished 7-4 but did not receive bowl bid).
• Baylor started the season 7-2 for the first time since 1991 (Baylor finished that season 8-4) and has seven wins entering the month of November for the first time since 1985 (Baylor finished that season 9-3).
• Baylor is 41-163-6 all-time vs. ranked opponents; 26-143-5 when unranked and playing a ranked opponent.
• Baylor is seeking its first eight-win season since 1991 (Baylor finished that season 8-4).
• Baylor is also seeking its first five-win conference season since 1991 (Baylor finished 5-2-1 in SWC play).
• Baylor has started 5-0 at home only three times in program history -- 1929 (6-0), 1979 (5-0) and 1985 (5-0).
• Baylor's four conference wins are the most by the Bears in the Big 12 era.
• Baylor has scored more than twice as many points in six Big 12 games (229) in 2010 than in eight Big 12 games (104) in 2009. 

Baylor, which enters the "Battle of the Brazos" with a 4-0 home record, is looking for its first 5-0 home start in the Big 12 era and only its fourth in program history. The Bears haven't started 5-0 at home since 1985, when Baylor finished 15th and 17th in the final AP and UPI polls, respectively, with a 9-3 record. That season, Baylor defeated LSU, 21-7, in the Liberty Bowl.

Baylor's first 5-0 home start at Floyd Casey Stadium came in 1979. That season, the Bears finished 14th and 15th in the final AP and UPI polls, respectively, with an 8-4 record after a 24-18 win over Clemson in the Peach Bowl. The Bears' only other 5-0 home start was in 1929 when Baylor finished the season with a flawless 6-0 home mark and a 7-3-1 final record.

With a 30-22 win at Texas on Oct. 30, Baylor won its seventh game of the 2010 season, marking the first time the Bears have won at least seven games since 1995 (Baylor finished that season 7-4). Baylor started the season 7-2 for the first time since 1991 (Baylor finished that season 8-4) and had seven wins entering the month of November for the first time since 1985 (Baylor finished that season 9-3).

Baylor hasn't won eight games in a season since 1991, when the Bears finished 8-4 in the second-to-last season of the Grant Teaff era. That season was also the last time Baylor won five conference games; Baylor finished Southwest Conference play with a 5-2-1 mark.

Entering the 2010 season, Baylor had never won more than three Big 12 games in any season (3-5 in 2006). In fact, the Bears had only three Big 12 victories in the Art Briles era. This season, the Bears have won four Big 12 games -- the most conference victories in the Big 12 -- and are guaranteed their first .500+ conference record since 1995 (Baylor finished 5-2 in the final season of the Southwest Conference).

Baylor won eight of its first 24 games under third-year head coach Art Briles. Since starting the Briles era with an 8-16 record, the Bears have won seven of their last 10 games.



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