|4/4/5 BAYLOR (8-0, 5-0) vs. NR/RV/NR TEXAS TECH (7-3, 4-3)
Nov. 16, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium (80,000)
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Baylor has not lost in more than one calendar year and owns a school-record 12-game winning streak. The last loss for BU was Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (3rd-longest active streak in FBS).
Baylor is off to an 8-0 start for the first time in program history.
Baylor and Texas Tech meet in the 5th installment of the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout. Each team has won 2 games in the neutral site series.
Saturday will mark the 97th game played by Baylor in the Metroplex. The Bears have a record of 43-48-5 in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Baylor will be trying to win 3 games straight vs. TTU for first time since 1984-87 (4 in a row ).
Baylor's offense leads NCAA in: Total Offense (686.0ypg), Scoring (61.0ppg), Pass Efficiency (201.50), Yards/Play (8.64), Passing Yds/Comp (19.29).
Baylor is an FBS-best 12-1 in months of Nov. & Dec. since 2011 (5-1 vs. ranked teams in Nov/Dec).
Baylor's defense has more interceptions (11) than passing TDs allowed (8)
Baylor's starting defensive unit has given up just 9 TDs through 8 games.
Baylor has trailed for just 9:40 over last 10 games (600 total minutes) dating to 2012 (10-0 during span).
Baylor is outscoring opponents 319-49 in the first half this year (39.9-6.1 average halftime score).
Baylor leads nation in fewest offensive 3-and-outs (1.02) and is 2nd in most defensive 3-and-outs (7.00).
Baylor owns a 5-0 record in Big 12 play for the first time ever. The Bears were last 5-0 in conference play in 1985 when they started 5-0 in Southwest Conference play. BU is trying for its first 6-0 start to league play since going 8-0 in 1980 SWC championship season.
Baylor is currently No. 4 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls, while sitting at No. 5 in the BCS standings. The No. 4 AP ranking is Baylor's highest in that poll since 1953 when it was No. 3.
Baylor is 3rd nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 in passing (390.6ypg).
Baylor is 9th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 295.4 yards per game.
Baylor and Texas Tech will meet for the 72nd time on Saturday. TTU leads the all-time series 36-34-1.
Baylor ranks 6th in the FBS and 1st in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 15.4 points per game.
Baylor's offense has suffered just 12 3-and-outs in 117 drives this season (leads nation).
Baylor's 61.0 points per game is currently ahead of Army's NCAA record of 56.0 in 1944, the Big 12's record of 51.1 by Oklahoma in 2008 and BU's record of 45.3 in 2011.
Baylor's 686.0 yards per game number is on track to be ahead of Houston's NCAA record of 624.9 in 1989 and the program record of 587.08 in 2011.
Baylor could become the FBS' first-ever team to average 300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards per game. BU is currently averaging 390.6 passing yards and 295.4 rushing yards.
Baylor ranks 9th in country and 1st in Big 12 in total defense, surrendering only 306.1 yards per game.
Baylor is 2nd in the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 62 TDs on 114 drives (.544). The starting offense has 85 drives that have resulted in 52 touchdowns (.611).
BU is 1 of 3 teams (Fla. St. & Ohio St.) in FBS ranked top-10 in total offense and total defense.
Baylor is bowl-eligible for the 4th consecutive year for the first time in school history.
Baylor has won school-record 8 straight Big 12 games (previous high was 5 in 2010).
Baylor's offense has topped 700 yards in 5 of the last 8 games and surpassed 600 yards in 8 of its last 11 (11-0 record in that span).
Baylor's defense is 2nd in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 8.9 per game.
Baylor's defense leads the nation in red zone defense (56.5%).
Baylor's opponents are 4 of 21 (19.0%) on 4th down. That mark leads the FBS.
Baylor's defense is limiting opposing offenses to 173.9 yards per game through the air. That total is 7th nationally and 1st in the conference.
Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 35 straight games and is averaging 604.5 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 58 of 110 (52.7%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 8th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 11 of its last 15 games (Baylor's record is 13-2 in that span). BU is 21-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
Baylor is tied 14th nationally and 1st in Big 12 in sacks with 3.00/game. Baylor's defense has 31 sacks over last 8 games (1 vs. OU, 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+ sacks in game.
Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 3rd-best nationally and 1st in the Big 12 at 93.22
Baylor ranks 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.75 per game.
Baylor's defense is 13th in the country and 2nd in the Big 12 in 3rd-down conversion defense (31.7%).
Baylor's combined 488 points scored in the first 8 games are the most over any 8-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.
In first 8 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.
Baylor has scored 30+ points in 26 of its last 28 games and 40+ points in 21 of its last 25 games.
Bryce Petty leads the nation in Pass Efficiency (210.6) and Yds/Comp (19.68).
Petty leads Big 12 in Passing Yds (332.1) and Completion % (66.8).
Petty's current 210.64 passer efficiency rating is on pace to break the NCAA record set by Russell Wilson in 2011 (191.78) and Robert Griffin III's Baylor record set in 2011 (189.48).
Lache Seastrunk: 111.0 Rush Yds/Gm (18th nationally, 1st Big 12); 11 TDs (18th nation, 1st Big 12).
Seastrunk has 10 100-yard rushing games in last 12 and is averaging 8.7 yards per carry (2nd nationally).
Junior Antwan Goodley is 4th nationally and 1st in Big 12 with 121.8 receiving yards/game. He is 4th in FBS with 22.1 yards per catch.
Goodley ranks 7th in NCAA & leads Big 12 with 10 TDs in 2013. He is on Biletnikoff watch list.
Redshirt freshman RB Shock Linwood is 2nd in Big 12 with 89.3 yards per game.
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 8.1 tackles per game.
DE Shawn Oakman is 11th in NCAA and is 2nd in the Big 12 with 1.5 TFLs per game.
DE Chris McAllister is tied for 2nd on the school career sacks list with 14.0.
DE Terrance Lloyd is tied for 9th in school history with 10.0 sacks.
WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 22 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 59-for-59 on PATs in `13. BU's career leader in scoring with 410 pts. and FG made (53).
Jones boasts NCAA's longest active streak of 166 straight made PATs (school record). 251 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 (686.0 ypg.), scoring offense (61.0 ppg.) and passing efficiency (201.50). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (3rd, 390.6) and rushing offense (9th, 295.4). 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 48 of their 60 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including 23 in under one minute. BU is averaging 6.0 plays per scoring drive in 2013 with an average length of 66.2 yards and an average time of 1:45.
NOVEMBER (AND DECEMBER) IS FOR CONTENDERS
Baylor has compiled an FBS best 12-1 mark in November and December since 2011 (8-1 in Nov., 4-0 in Dec.). Included in those games is 5-1 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 and No. 12 Oklahoma in 2013).
TOP 10 DEFENSE GETS LITTLE RECOGNITION
Baylor's underrated defense doesn't get the credit it deserves, but the success of the undefeated Bears is directly related to its suffocating D. Baylor ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (15.4 points per game) and 11th in total defense (306.1 yards per game). The Bears lead the nation in both red zone percentage against (.565) and fourth down conversions allowed (.600) among 10 Top 10 categories the Baylor D is ranked in.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first eight games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 389 rushes on the season and only 246 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.
BEARS D STEPPING UP
A significant, but oft-overlooked, component to Baylor's success in 2013 (and 12-game winning streak that spans back to 2012) is the improvement of the defense. The Bears veteran D has made huge strides in defensive coordinator Phil Bennett's third-year on the job. BU ranks sixth nationally and leads the Big 12 in points allowed (15.4/game) and ranks 9th nationally and leads the Big 12 in total yards allowed (306.1/game).
12-GAME WINNING STREAK
Baylor continues to establish a new school record with each win. The Bears' 12 straight wins surpass 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. Four of the 12 wins in the streak have come over AP top 25 teams (No. 2 Kansas State, No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 17 UCLA and No. 12 Oklahoma). The current streak is 3rd-longest nationally.
PETTY LEADS NATION IN FIRST EIGHT STARTS
Through eight games, Bryce Petty is averaging 332.1 passing yards per game, while completing 66.8 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and only one interception. He leads the country in passing efficiency at 210.64 and in ESPN's adjusted QBR rankings with a score of 93.3. 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. He's thrown for 200+ yards and at least 2 TDs in all eight career starts.
SEASTRUNK LEADING RUSHING ATTACK THROUGH EIGHT
Junior running back Lache Seastrunk has racked up 888 yards of rushing on 102 attempts through the first eight games. He is second in the nation with 8.7 yards per carry and leads the Big 12 with 11 rushing touchdowns. He is 43 yards away from cracking the Baylor top 10 list for most yards in a single season and his 111.0 yards per contest would currently be second in BU school record. That mark is 18th nationally and leads the Big12 with Seastrunk gaining at least 100 yards in six of the season's first eight games.
STARTING OFFENSE IS WELL-OILED MACHINE
Baylor's starting offense has had 85 drives that have resulted in 52 touchdowns, seven field goals, 14 punts, four turnover on downs, one safety, two missed field goals, one interception and four fumbles (five 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 15.4, but has actually only allowed 72 points (9.0/gm) by its starting defense (42 of 123 total points allowed after reserves entered, two came on a safety and seven allowed by special teams - see chart below). The starting unit has allowed just nine TDs in eight games this season.
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTIVE DEFENSE
Baylor's veteran defense, with ranks 9th nationally under third-year defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, has proven to be a force in disrupting opposing offenses through eight games in 2013. The Bears have doubled their average sacks and tackles for loss (compared to recent seasons) and are on pace to top recent totals for interceptions and total turnovers.
400 YARDS - COMMONPLACE FOR BAYLOR OFFENSE
Baylor has racked up over 400 yards of offense in 35 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak and 13 more than the next closest school (Texas A&M, 22). The last time BU failed to reach the 400-yard plateau was Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Oklahoma (361). Under Briles, Baylor has had more than 400 yards of offense in 51 of 71 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 34 games with over 400 yards of total offense, which is the most in the country in that time period.
BU has scored first in seven of its eight games this year to help it outscore its opponents by a combined total of 170-20 in the opening quarter. BU has put points on the scoreboard in the 1st quarter in 24 of its last 25 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
PERHAPS THE NCAA'S BEST OFFENSE EVER
The Baylor offense is on record pace for scoring and yards this season as the Bears are averaging 61.0 points per game, 686.0 yards per game and 8.6 yards per play. BU's points mark is currently ahead of Army's NCAA record of 56.0 in 1944, the Big 12's record of 51.1 by Oklahoma in 2008 and BU's record of 45.3 in 2011. The Bears' yards per game number is on track to be ahead of Houston's NCAA record of 624.9 in 1989 and the program record of 587.08 in 2011. Baylor's yards per play average is on pace with Hawaii's NCAA record of 8.6 in 2006 and is ahead of the program record of 7.63 in 2011.