|BAYLOR (4-5, 1-5) vs. 2/2/1 KANSAS STATE (10-0, 7-0)
Nov. 17, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Baylor's matchup with Kansas State will be televised nationally on ESPN, marking the 14th consecutive national telecast for the Bears. Dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, Saturday's game will be the 21st nationally televised contest in a span of 22 games for Baylor. It will also be the second game this season televised on ESPN (at ULM).
KANSAS STATE SERIES HISTORY
Saturday marks just the 10 series meeting between Baylor and Kansas State with the Wildcats holding a 7-2 series advantage. The Bears have faced Kansas State fewer times than any other Big 12 Conference school. Baylor is 1-5 against Kansas State teams coached by Bill Snyder. In the last series meeting in Waco (Oct. 23, 2010), Baylor's Robert Griffin III threw for 404 yards and 4 TDs leading BU to a 47-42 Homecoming win and its first bowl berth since 1994. In 2011, Kansas State rallied for 10 fourth quarter points to tally a 36-35 come-from-behind win in Manhattan.
JONES CLUTCH FROM LONG RANGE
Baylor junior kicker Aaron Jones made a 58-yard field goal at Oklahoma, tying for the third-longest made FG in program history and longest since Jeff Ireland's 58-yard FG on Oct. 12, 1991. Jones joined Ireland and Bubba Hicks as the only kickers in program history with three career field goals from 50+ yards. Jones is three-of-five in his career in field goals from 50 or more yards out. He has also made 81 consecutive PATs dating back to his last miss (Mizzou - Nov.5, 2011). The school record is 97 straight by Jarvis Van Dyke from 1993-95.
GROUND GAME STARTING TO ROLL
After not rushing for more than 232 yards in the season's first five games, the Baylor rushing attack has ran for at least 250 yards in three of its last four games, including a 252-yard and 4 TD performance at Oklahoma. Baylor currently ranks 34th in the nation with 196.3 rushing yards per game; 230.3 yards on the ground over last four games. Baylor's 252 rushing yards at Oklahoma were most allowed by the Sooners this season. Baylor was also the first team to score four rushing TDs against Sooners. Against OU, RB Lache Seastrunk scored multiple TDs for the second consecutive game (one rush, one rec vs. Kansas; three rush vs. OU) after being held without a score in his first seven games. Seastrunk became the first Baylor player with three rushing TDs in a game since Terrance Ganaway's five TD performance in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
FLORENCE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT Baylor senior Nick Florence was named first-team quarterback on the Capital One Academic All-District VII football team, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America. Baylor has had at least one academic alldistrict honoree in every season since 2004, with eight different players earning 14 total honors. It also marks the third consecutive year, that Baylor has earned the District VII honor at the quarterback spot. Robert Griffin III was honored with the same distinction in 2010 and 2011.
BAYLOR PROFICIENT THROWING DEEP Baylor's powerful passing attack thrives on throwing deep balls, evidenced by the fact that the 26 touchdown passes thrown in eight games have averaged 36.9 yards (including seven of 50 yards or longer). Receiver Tevin Reese has averaged 48.8 yards on six TDs from Nick Florence this season and Terrance Williams has three TDs of longer than 70 yards in 2012. Florence has completed 20 total passes of 40 or more yards this season (12 for TDs) - including nine of 50 or more.
HOME SWEET HOME
Two of Baylor's three remaining games will be played in the friendly confines of Floyd Casey Stadium, not including a neutral site game against Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium. Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 games at home, averaging nearly 564 yards of total offense at The Case this season.
Baylor and No. 1 Kansas State will meet for the 10th time with K-State leading the all-time series, 7-2. The Wildcats hold a 3-2 mark in games played in Waco.
Baylor's last win vs. K-State came at Floyd Casey Stadium, in 2010, when BU beat the Wildcats 47-42, to become bowl eligible for the 1st time since 1994.
Baylor takes on a No. 1-ranked opponent for 1st time since Oct. 4, 2010 when Oklahoma defeated BU 49-17 at Floyd Casey Stadium. It's the 4th time a top-ranked opponent has visited Floyd Casey Stadium in last 50 years.
Baylor is 0-11-1 all-time against No. 1-ranked opponents.
The Bears have scored 82 combined points in last 2 meetings with K-State, compared to just 73 in first 7 contests.
Baylor's 5,076 yards of total offense and 3,309 passing yards are both 3rd most in a single-season in program history.
Baylor's quick-strike offense has scored 15 TDs on drives of 1 minute or less (28 of 2:00 or less).
The Bears had season-high scoring drives of 17 and 19 plays vs. Oklahoma.
Baylor ran a season-high 51 times in loss at Oklahoma.
The Bears failed to register a passing TD for the 1st time since Nov. 13, 2010 vs. Texas A&M.
Baylor's 34 points scored, 424 yards of total offense and 25 1st downs were most allowed by OU this season.
For the 1st time in a span of 15 games, Baylor's offense failed to average at least 6.0 yards-per-play vs. Oklahoma (5.0 ypp).
Baylor's 252 rushing yards were most allowed by Oklahoma this season, and BU was the 1st team to score 4 rushing TDs against Sooners.
Baylor has connected on 9 passes for 50+ yards this season and 20 passes for 40+ yards.
Baylor is now 12-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during DC Phil Bennett's two season (won first 11 such games during Bennett's tenure, 1-2 since).
Baylor's high-octane offense ranks 2nd in the nation in passing (367.7 ypg) and total offense (564.0 ypg), and 7th in the country in scoring (42.7 ppg).
After forcing zero turnovers during first 3 Big 12 games, Baylor has forced 6 (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) turnovers in last 3 conference games.
9 different Baylor players have recorded an interception this season, including Ahmad Dixon (2), Eddie Lackey, Demetri Goodson, Sam Holl, Mike Hicks, Darius Jones, K.J. Morton, Rodney Chadwick and Joe Williams.
K Aaron Jones has made 81 consecutive PATs dating back to his last miss (Mizzou - Nov.5, 2011). School record is 97 straight by Jarvis Van Dyke from 1993-95.
Jones's made a 58-yard field goal at OU, tying for 3rd-longest made FG in program history and longest since Jeff Ireland's 58-yard FG on Oct. 12, 1991.
LB Bryce Hager tallied a career-high 16 tackles off the bench for BU vs. Oklahoma; his 5th 10+ tackle performance this season.
Baylor has totaled 6 1-play TD drives this season (13 TD drives of 3 plays or fewer).
Baylor is 17-for-23 on 4th-down conversions this season, 9th-best nationally among teams with more than 5 attempts (17 successful conversions leads the Big 12).
Baylor ranks 3rd nationally and 1st in Big 12 holding opponents to just 21.4% on 4th down conversions (3-of-14).
9 games into the season, the Baylor offense is climbing its way up the single-season record books. BU has amassed 5,076 yards of total offense (3rd all-time), 3,309 passing yards (3rd), 26 passings TDs (2nd) and 219 pass completions (10th), in a single-season in BU history.
Baylor has gained 500+ yards in 7 of 9 games this year.
Baylor has scored 30+ points in 14 of its last 16 games.
WR Terrance Williams leads the nation with 159.0 receiving ypg and ranks 4th with 8.6 receptions per game.
Williams' 1,431 receiving yards this season are 2nd-most in program history and 232 shy of program record.
Williams' 4,292 career all-purpose yards are 2nd most in school history; 187 shy of Baylor record.
Williams ranks 3rd on Baylor's single-season receptions list (77).
Williams has 2 of the top 5 single-season receiving yards in program history (5th with 957 yards in 2011).
Williams is 5 TDs (25) away from tying former Baylor All-American Kendall Wright for Baylor's all-time receiving TDs record (30).
Williams has 3 TD receptions of longer than 70 yards this season.
LB Bryce Hager leads the Big 12 with 9.9 tackles per game, while NB Ahmad Dixon ranks 6th (8.7) and LB Eddie Lackey is 8th (7.9).
WR Lanear Sampson has a current reception streak of 39 straight games, tied for the 2nd-longest active streak nationally.
QB Nick Florence leads nation in total offense (394.8 ypg) and passing yards (354.6 ypg).
Florence ranks 18th nationally in pass efficiency with a 157.3 rating.
Florence ranks 3rd nationally in points responsible for with 20.9 points per game.
Florence ranks 6th in Baylor history in career passing yards (5,183 yds) and tied for 2nd in career TD responsibility (43).
Florence ranks 3rd on Baylor's single-season passing yards list (3,191), 5th in completions (211), 3rd in total offense (3,553) and t-2nd in TD responsibility (31).
Florence has thrown for 300+ yards in 7-of-9 games this season.
Florence has completed 20 passes of 40 or more yards this season (12 for TDs) including 9 of 50 or more.
Florence is a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist and a Campbell Trophy ("Academic Heisman") finalist, as well as 1st-team CoSIDA Academic All-District.
S Sam Holl has totaled 42 tackles (10.2 tpg), including 23 solo, over the last 4 games.
3 BU WRs rank in school's all-time top 10 in both receptions and receiving yards - Terrance Williams (3rd - 182, 2nd - 2,933), Tevin Reese (9th - 133, 9th - 1,960) and Lanear Sampson (7th - 154, 10th - 1,764).
12 of Reese's 13 career TD catches have been of 40+ yards, including all 6 in 2012.
Reese was held without a catch vs. OU, snapping his streak of consecutive games with reception at 32 straight.
RB Lache Seastrunk scored multiple TDs for the 2nd consecutive game (1 rush, 1 rec vs. Kansas; 3 rush vs. OU) after being held without a score in his first 7 games.
Seastrunk became the first Baylor player with 3 rushing TDs in a game since Terrance Ganaway's 5 TD performance in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
K Aaron Jones made 2 extra points and 2 field goals (58 yds, 21 yds) vs. Oklahoma to bring his program-record career total to 289 points and moved into 3rd on Baylor's single-season kicking points list (81).
After a career-long 58yd field goal at Oklahoma, Jones joined Ireland and Bubba Hicks as the only kickers in program history with 3 career field goals from 50+ yards.