|3/4/4 BAYLOR (9-0, 6-0) vs. 11/9/10 OKLAHOMA STATE (9-1, 6-1)
Nov. 23, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Stillwater, Okla. | Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218)
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Baylor has not lost in more than one calendar year and owns a school-record 13-game winning streak. The last loss for BU was Nov. 10, 2012, at Oklahoma (3rd-longest active streak in FBS).
Baylor is off to a 9-0 start for the first time in program history.
Baylor's offense leads NCAA in: Total Offense (684.8ypg), Scoring (61.2ppg), Pass Efficiency (198.82), Yards/Play (8.52), Passing Yds/Comp (19.33).
Baylor is an FBS-best 13-1 in months of Nov. & Dec. since 2011 (5-1 vs. ranked teams in Nov/Dec).
Baylor's defense has 12 interceptions this season, while only allowing 13 passing TDs.
Baylor's starting defensive unit has given up just 14 TDs through 9 games.
Baylor has trailed for just 19:38 over last 11 games (660 total minutes) dating to 2012 (11-0 during span).
Baylor is outscoring opponents 354-76 in the first half this year (39.3-8.4 average halftime score).
Baylor owns a 6-0 record in Big 12 play for the first time ever. The Bears were last 6-0 in conference play in 1980 when they won the Southwest Conference title with an 8-0 record.
Baylor is currently No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the Coaches poll and BCS standings. The No. 3 AP ranking is Baylor's highest in the poll since 1953 when it was also No. 3.
Baylor is 3rd nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 in passing (384.4ypg).
Baylor is 9th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 300.3 yards per game.
Baylor and Oklahoma State meet for the 32nd time on Saturday. OSU leads the all-time series 18-13 and holds an 11-5 in games played in Stillwater. BU is seeking its first win at OSU since 1939.
Baylor will be trying to win back-to-back games vs. OSU for first time since 1915-42 (9 in a row ).
Baylor ranks 7th in the FBS and 1st in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 17.4 points per game.
Baylor ranks 11th in country and 1st in Big 12 in total defense, surrendering only 322.6 yards per game.
Baylor is looking to win 3 consecutive Big 12 road games for the first time in program history - the Bears have only won 2 Big 12 road games at any point in a season one time previously (2010).
Baylor's defense is 2nd in the FBS and 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 8.6 per game.
Baylor's defense is 5th nationally and 1st in Big 12 in red zone defense (64.3%).
Baylor's opponents are 5 of 23 (21.7%) on 4th down. That mark is 3rd in the FBS and 2nd in the Big 12.
Baylor's offense has suffered just 17 3-and-outs in 136 drives this season (leads nation).
Baylor is 1st in the NCAA in percentage of drives ending in a TD by scoring 70 TDs on 129 drives (.542). The starting offense has 100 drives that have resulted in 60 touchdowns (.600).
Baylor's defense is 2nd nationally in forcing 3-and-outs per game (6.78).
Baylor's 61.2 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 684.8 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 384.4 passing yards and 300.3 rushing yards.
BU is 1 of 3 teams (Fla. St. & Ohio St.) in FBS ranked top-11 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 9 straight Big 12 games (previous high was 5 in 2010).
Baylor's offense has topped 700 yards in 5 of the last 9 games and surpassed 600 yards in 9 of its last 12 (12-0 record in that span).
Baylor's defense is limiting opposing offenses to 190.1 yards per game through the air. That total is 14th nationally and 2nd in the conference.
Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 36 straight games and is averaging 606.5 yards per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
Baylor has completed 28 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 19 for TDs.
Baylor is 65 of 124 (52.4%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 7th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 12 of its last 16 games (Baylor's record is 14-2 in that span). BU is 22-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
Baylor is 8th nationally and 1st in Big 12 in sacks with 3.11/game. Baylor's defense has 34 sacks over last 10 games (3 vs. TTU, 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 24-4 over past 3+ years with 2+ sacks in game.
Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 6th-best nationally and 1st in the Big 12 at 99.88.
Baylor ranks 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.67 per game.
Baylor's defense is 15th in the country and 2nd in the Big 12 in 3rd-down conversion defense (32.7%).
Baylor's combined 551 points scored in the first 9 games are the most over any 9-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 9 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-5 scoring outputs in school history in the modern-era (post-WWII) in their first 9 games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. both Buffalo and ULM, 73 vs. West Virginia and 71 vs. ISU.
6 of Baylor's 9 games (73, 71, 70, 70, 69, 63) are among the 25 highest scoring games in the NCAA this year.
Baylor has scored 30+ points in 27 of its last 29 games and 40+ points in 22 of its last 26 games.
Baylor has now won every game this season by 10 or more points and has done so 10 times in a row dating back to last season's finale. The streak is the 2nd-longest active streak next to Florida State's 11.
The Voice of the Bears, John Morris, will call his 300th Baylor Football game on Saturday.
Bryce Petty leads the nation in Pass Efficiency (206.2) and Yds/Comp (19.68).
Petty leads Big 12 and is 5th nationally in Passing Yds (332.4) and Completion % (65.2).
Petty's current 206.2 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).
Petty's 8-game streak with a rushing and passing TD is tied for 3rd-longest nationally since 1998 -- Tim Tebow (14), Marcus Mariota (9), Colin Kaepernick (8).
Petty on Baylor single-season lists: 4th passing yards (2,992), 3rd passing TDs (24), 3rd TD responsibility (34), t-6th rushing TDs and 4th total offense (3,119).
Lache Seastrunk: 111.0 Rush Yds/Gm (18th nationally, 1st Big 12); 11 TDs (26th nation, 1st Big 12).
Seastrunk has 10 100-yard rushing games in his last 12 and is averaging 8.7 yards per carry (2nd nationally).
Junior Antwan Goodley is 5th nationally and 1st in Big 12 with 119.4 receiving yards/game. He is 3rd in FBS with 22.4 yards per catch.
Goodley ranks 5th in NCAA & leads Big 12 with 11 TDs in 2013. He is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
Redshirt freshman RB Shock Linwood is 2nd in Big 12 and 26th in FBS with 101.5 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 Bryce Hager is 7th in the Big 12 with 7.9 tackles per game.
DE Shawn Oakman is 22nd in NCAA and is 2nd in the Big 12 with 1.3 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 23 consecutive games.
Norwood has 2 punt returns for touchdowns this season and is the first BU player to ever have 2 in a career.
S Terrell Burt won Big 12's Def. POW after ULM. Career-high 7 tackles (4 solo) & INT (63 yds for TD).
PK Aaron Jones is 68-for-68 on PATs in `13. BU's career leader in scoring with 419 pts. and FG made (53).
Jones boasts NCAA's longest active streak of 173 straight made PATs (school record). He is the Big 12's all-time scoring leader kicker and holds the NCAA all-time record for most PATs made (260).
BRILES' SYSTEM IS AMERICA'S TOP OFFENSE
Baylor leads the country in total offense (684.8 ypg.), scoring offense (61.2 ppg.) and passing efficiency (198.2). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (3rd, 384.4) and rushing offense (9th, 300.3). 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 53 of their 68 offensive TDs this season in under two minutes, including 25 in under one minute. BU is averaging 6.0 plays per scoring drive in 2013 with an average length of 65.7 yards and an average time of 1:44.
NOVEMBER (AND DECEMBER) IS FOR CONTENDERS
Baylor has compiled an FBS best 13-1 mark in November and December since 2011 (9-1 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 seventh nationally in scoring defense (17.4 points per game) and 11th in total defense (322.6 yards per game). The Bears are fifth in the nation in red zone percentage against (.643) and third in fourth down conversion defense allowed (.217), among 12 Top 15 categories the Baylor D is ranked in.
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first nine games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 446 rushes on the season and only 277 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.
OFFENSIVE SUBS BECOMING HOUSEHOLD NAMES
With injuries keeping three of Baylor's top offensive weapons sidelined, the country was introduced to Baylor's depth on Saturday vs. Texas Tech. Redshirt freshman Shock Linwood picked right up where he left off after coming into the Oklahoma for injured backfield stars Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk. Fellow second-year Bear Devin Chafin also provided another threat in the depleted backfield. Meanwhile, junior wide receiver Levi Norwood was up to the task of replacing Biletnikoff watch list member Tevin Reese in the passing game.
BEARS D STEPPING UP
A significant, but oft-overlooked, component to Baylor's success in 2013 (and 13-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 seventh nationally and leads the Big 12 in points allowed (17.4/game) and ranks 11th nationally and leads the Big 12 in total yards allowed (322.6/game).
13-GAME WINNING STREAK
Baylor continues to establish a new school record with each win. The Bears' 13 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 NINE STARTS
Through nine games, Bryce Petty is averaging 332.4 passing yards per game, while completing 65.2 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and only one interception. He leads the country in passing efficiency at 206.2 and is third in ESPN's adjusted QBR rankings with a score of 91.8. 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 nine career starts.
STARTING OFFENSE IS WELL-OILED MACHINE
Baylor's starting offense has had 100 drives that have resulted in 60 touchdowns, seven field goals, 18 punts, five turnover on downs, one safety, three missed field goals, one interception and five fumbles (five End Of Halfs not included).
STARTING D TOUGH TO SCORE ON
Baylor's defense ranks seventh nationally in points allowed with 17.4, but has actually only allowed 106 points (11.8/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). The starting unit has allowed just 14 TDs in nine games this season.
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTIVE DEFENSE
Baylor's veteran defense, which ranks 11th nationally under third-year defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, has proven to be a force in disrupting opposing offenses through nine 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.
BU has scored first in seven of its nine games this year to help it outscore its opponents by a combined total of 191-40 in the opening quarter. BU has put points on the scoreboard in the 1st quarter in 25 of its last 26 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
400 YARDS - COMMONPLACE FOR BAYLOR OFFENSE
Baylor has racked up over 400 yards of offense in 36 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak and 14 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 52 of 72 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 35 games with over 400 yards of total offense, which is the most in the country in that time period.
Baylor's defense under coordinator Phil Bennett has demonstrated a knack for making big plays at key moments to contribute to the Bears winning ways over the past three seasons. In two-plus years under Bennett, Baylor's D has recorded at least one takeaway in 31 of 35 games - a total of 74 takeaways (46 interceptions, 28 fumbles recovered). Sixty-three of those 74 takeaways have come over the last 26 games, an average 2.4 per game (Baylor is 22-4 during that stretch). Overall under Bennett, Baylor is 22-2 when recording two or more takeaways. This year, BU has forced 20 takeaways (12 INTs, eight fumbles).
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 61.2 points per game, 684.8 yards per game and 8.52 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 just below the pace of Hawaii's NCAA record of 8.6 in 2006 and is ahead of the program record of 7.63 in 2011.
FOUNDERS OF THE 300-300 CLUB?
With Baylor's 384.4 passing yards per game and 300.3 rushing yards per game, the Bears are flirting with becoming the NCAA FBS' first-ever team to average 300 or more passing yards and 300 or more rushing yards per game in a season. Baylor's passing yards per game number is on pace to break the BU record set in 2011 of 351.46 and its rushing yards per game number is above the program mark of 296.9 in 1980.