Nov. 17, 2009
Weekly Press Conference | Baylor Game Notes | Texas A&M Game Notes
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Texas A&M leads 65-31-9
Waco: A&M leads 33-20-6
College Station: A&M leads 30-10-3
Neutral: A&M leads 2-1
First Meeting: A&M 33-0 
Last Meeting: BU 41-21 [Nov. 15, 2008]
Record: 4-6, 1-5 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Art Briles
Career Record: 42-42 (7th season)
Baylor Record: 8-14 (2nd season)
vs. Texas A&M: 1-0
Rushing: Jay Finley [53-274-1]
Passing: Nick Florence [144-235-7-1609-6]
Receiving: Kendall Wright [57-654-4]
Tackles:Joe Pawelek [36-52-88]
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record: 5-5, 2-4 Big 12
Ranking: NR/NR/NR (AP/USA/BCS)
Head Coach: Mike Sherman
Career Record: 9-13 (2nd season)
Texas Record: 9-13 (2nd season)
vs. Baylor: 0-1
Rushing: Cyrus Gray [137-634-5]
Passing: Jerrod Johnson [222-381-5-2722-22]
Receiving: Uzoma Nwachukwu [30-608-6]
Tackles: Trent Hunter [43-28-71]
Baylor plays its final true road contest of the season with the 106th renewal of the Battle of the Brazos vs. Texas A&M Saturday, Nov. 21 in College Station. The non-televised game is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. CST at Kyle Field.
The Bears-Aggies series is now the most-played in Baylor football history, moving past the 105-game rivalry with former Southwest Conference foe TCU. The Bears (4-6, 1-5 Big 12) look to get back on the winning track after dropping a 47-14 decision to No. 2 Texas last Saturday in Waco. The Bears are 2-2 on the road this season, having notched victories at Wake Forest and at Missouri.
The Aggies (5-5, 2-4 Big 12) have lost two straight, most recently a 65-10 decision at Oklahoma last Saturday. Texas A&M is 4-1 at home this season
BAYLOR HONORS FORT HOOD
The Baylor family displayed its support and fellowship to the nearby Fort Hood community last Saturday when it provided 1,000 free tickets to base personnel to the game vs. Texas and welcomed police department hero Senior Sgt. Mark Todd to Floyd Casey Stadium. Todd participated in the pregame coin toss and was recognized and presented a ball on the field during the first timeout. Additionally, the Bears unveiled a helmet decal of the Fort Hood insignia that will be worn for the remainder of the season.
VOICE OF THE BEARS JOHN MORRIS TO CALL 250th GAME SATURDAY
The “Voice of the Bears”, John Morris, will broadcast his 250th Baylor football game Saturday when he calls the action between Baylor and Texas A&M from Kyle Field alongside analyst J.J. Joe. Morris, a 1980 Baylor grad, is in his 23rd year of broadcasting football and mens’ basketball at his alma mater.
PAWELEK NEARING NCAA CAREER TACKLES MILESTONE
Senior LB Joe Pawelek needs eight tackles to crack the NCAA top-20 list for career tackles. He currently ranks 22nd on the list with 401 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.
JOEPAW NATIONS ACTIVE TACKLE LEADER
With 401 career tackles LB Joe Pawelek is the national leader in career tackles among active FBS players. Pawelek also leads all FBS linebackers with nine career interceptions. After ranking seventh nationally last season in tackles (10.7 per game), Pawelek ranks third in the Big 12 and 46th nationally with 8.8 tackles per game this season. Senior FS Jordan Lake ranks 17th among active players with 308 career tackles, seventh among defensive backs.
GETTIS, WRIGHT CLIMBING BAYLOR RECEIVER CHARTS
WR David Gettis and IR Kendall Wright have both entered Baylor’s Top 10 list for career receptions this season (they both reached the 100-catch plateau in BU’s road win at Missouri Nov. 7, the eighth and ninth Bears ever to hit that mark). Gettis currently ranks eighth in Baylor history with 108 receptions, Wright ranks ninth with 107 catches. Additionally, Gettis ranks ninth in Baylor history with 1,456 career receiving yards. He needs 44 yards to become Baylor’s seventh 1,500-yard receiver and the program’s first since 2006 when Trent Shelton and Dominique Zeigler both reached the plateau. Wright ranks 12th in Baylor history with 1,303 career receiving yards.
BETTER SECOND HALVES
Baylor’s scoring margin in the second halves of recent games has been markedly better than in the first halves. Over the last three games (20-10 loss to NU, 40-32 win at MU, 47-14 loss to UT) Baylor was outscored 87-16 in the first half but outscored its opponents 48-12 in the second half. In six Big 12 games this season, Baylor has been outscored 132-26 (22.0-4.3) in the first half but outscored its opponents 62-58 (10.3-9.7) in the second.
FINLEY LIMPING UP BAYLOR CAREER YARDAGE LIST
RB Jay Finley’s assualt on Baylor’s career rushing list has been derailed by injuries during his junior season. Finley has carried the ball just 31 times over the last eight games (including three games he didn’t play in) while nursing an ankle sprain. In one-plus games before suffering the injury in the second game vs. UConn, Finley had rushed for 212 yards, inlcuding a career-high 121 yards (on eight carries, a 15.1 yards-per-carry average) vs. the Huskies. That game was the fourth 100-yarder of his career and his fourth consecutive game with at least 90 rushing yards.
Finley enters the Texas A&M game with 1,346 career rushing yards, tied for the 21st-best career total in Baylor history. He needs 154 yards to become the 15th player in school history to amass at least 1,500 career rushing yards. With 654 yards, he would become the program’s seventh 2,000-yard rusher and Baylor’s first since Darrell Bush (1997-2000).
PAWELEK NAMED CAMPBELL TROPHY FINALIST
Senior LB Joe Pawelek is one of 16 finalists for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly the Draddy Trophy), the National Football Foundation announced Thursday. The Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is in its 20th year and honors college football’s top scholar-athlete (considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman”). Each of the 16 finalists receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, named for the former Columbia University player and coach, earns an additional $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The 2009 Campbell Trophy winner will be announced Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Pawelek, a product of Smithson Valley [Texas] High School, is one of three linebackers among the 16 finalists, joining Matt Bauman of BYU and Reed Williams of West Virginia, and one of three Big 12 student-athletes along with Texas QB Colt McCoy and Kansas QB Todd Reesing. A 2008 All-America and Academic All-America honoree, Pawelek also is active in community service. He has assisted the Central Texas area at events such as Santa’s Workshop, the One Book One Waco program, was a spokesperson for Baylor’s “Food for Families” canned food drive, played with young cancer survivors at the Li’l Wrangler Round-Up Party, and worked with Waco’s Special Olympics. He also speaks regularly to youth at area schools.
LACK OF TURNOVERS AFFECTING BEARS
Baylor is tied for 78th nationally in turnover margin with a -.30 turnover/takeaway ratio this season; furthermore, the Bears have produced only four takeaways in their first six Big 12 games. Last season, Baylor averaged 2.3 takeaways per game; this season, that average has dipped to 1.5 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 just three of 10 games (3-0 record in those games). Baylor’s defense produced at least one turnover in every game of the 2008 season; however, the Bears have produced zero turnovers in four games thus far this season (1-3 record)