|9/8/9 BAYLOR (9-1, 6-1) vs. NR/NR/NR TCU (4-7, 2-6)
Nov. 30, 2013 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Fort Worth, Texas | Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000)
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Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 games and is 9-1 for the first time since 1980 when BU started 10-1.
Baylor's offense leads the NCAA in: Total Offense (661.6ypg), Scoring (56.8ppg), Pass Efficiency (189.38), Yards/Play (8.20), Passing Yds/Comp (18.45).
Baylor is 13-2 in months of Nov. & Dec. since 2011 (5-2 vs. ranked teams in Nov/Dec).
Baylor's defense has 12 interceptions this season, while only allowing 16 passing TDs.
Baylor is outscoring opponents 357-90 in the first half this year (35.7-9.0 average halftime score).
Baylor owns a 6-1 record in Big 12 play for the first time ever. The Bears were last 6-1 in conference play in 1985 in the Southwest Conference.
Baylor is currently No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and the BCS standings and No. 8 in the Coaches poll.
Baylor is 4th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 in passing (381.9ypg).
Baylor is 9th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 279.7 yards per game.
Baylor and TCU will meet for the 109th time on Saturday. BU trails the all-time series 50-51-7, with the Horned Frogs holding leading 21-17-1 in games played in Fort Worth.
Baylor ranks 22nd in the FBS and 2nd in Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up only 20.6 points per game.
Baylor ranks 25th in country and 2nd in Big 12 in total defense, surrendering only 350.1 yards per game.
Baylor is looking to win 3 Big 12 road games for the first time in program history - the Bears have only won 2 Big 12 road games 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 7th nationally and 2nd in Big 12 in red zone defense (68.8%).
Baylor's opponents are 5 of 24 (20.8%) on 4th down. That mark is 2nd in the FBS and leads the Big 12.
Baylor's starting defensive unit has given up just 21 TDs through 10 games.
Baylor has trailed for just 79:38 over last 12 games (720 total minutes) dating to 2012 (11-1 during span).
Baylor leads the country in fewest offensive 3-and-outs, having one on 13.9 percent of drives (21 of 151).
Baylor has posted at least 400 yards offense in 37 straight games and is averaging 602.4 yards per game since 2011. Both marks lead the nation.
Baylor is bowl-eligible for the 4th consecutive year for the first time in school history.
Baylor's 56.8 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 661.6 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 381.9 passing yards and 279.7 rushing yards.
Baylor has won 9 of its last 10 Big 12 games.
Baylor's offense has topped 700 yards in 5 of the last 10 games and surpassed 600 yards in 9 of its last 13 (12-1 record in that span).
Baylor has completed 29 passes for 40 yards or longer this season, including 19 for TDs.
Baylor is 72 of 142 (50.7%) on 3rd downs this year, which is 14th best in the country and leads the Big 12.
Phil Bennett's defense has forced 2 or more turnovers in 12 of its last 17 games (Baylor's record is 14-3 in that span). BU is 22-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during Bennett's 2+ seasons.
Baylor is 11th nationally and 1st in Big 12 in sacks with 3.0/game. BU is 24-5 over past 3+ years with 2+ sacks in game.
Baylor team passing efficiency defense is 18th-best nationally and 3rd in the Big 12 at 112.34.
Baylor ranks 1st in the Big 12 in tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.80 per game.
Baylor's combined 568 points scored in the first 10 games are the most over any 10-game stretch in school history and more total points than BU has scored in 66 of the last 68 full seasons.
Baylor's 568 points on the season are 21 shy of tying the school record set in 2011 and its 77 total touchdowns are three shy of tying the school record set in 2011.
Baylor's 86 tackles for loss are 10 shy of tying the program record set in 1978.
Baylor's 30 sacks are 10 shy of tying the program record set in 1992 and rank tied for 6th-most in BU history.
Baylor has four 70-point games this season -- only three such games in its 111 years prior.
In first 10 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. UB 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 10 games with 69 vs. Wofford, 70 vs. both Buffalo and ULM, 73 vs. West Virginia and 71 vs. ISU.
6 of BU's 10 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 30 games and 40+ points in 22 of its last 27 games.
Bryce Petty leads the nation in Yds/Comp (19.68) and is 2nd in Pass Efficiency (194.1).
Petty leads Big 12 and is 5th nationally in Passing Yds (335.1).
Petty's current 194.1 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 is tied with Robert Griffin III's program record of having 9 300-yard passing games in a season.
Petty on Baylor single-season lists: 4th passing yards (3,351), 3rd passing TDs (26), 3rd TD responsibility (36), t-6th rushing TDs (10) and 4th total offense (3,524).
Lache Seastrunk: 111.0 Rush Yds/Gm (17th nationally, 1st Big 12); 11 TDs (32nd nationally, 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 4th nationally and 1st in Big 12 with 119.3 receiving yards/game. He is 6th in FBS with 20.6 yards per catch.
Goodley ranks 4th in NCAA & leads Big 12 with 12 TDs in 2013. He is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
With 1 more TD catch, Goodley (12 TDs) will move into sole possession of 2nd place on the Baylor single-season list - and with 2 more TD catches he will tie Kendall Wright's single-season BU record of 14.
Redshirt freshman RB Shock Linwood is 3rd in Big 12 and 34th in FBS with 93.4 yards per game.
With 3 more rushing yards, Linwood (841 yards) will break the Baylor record for rushing yards by a freshman set by Robert Griffin III in 2008 with 843.
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 Chris McAllister is tied for 1st on the school career sacks list with 15.0.
DE Terrance Lloyd is tied for 9th in school history with 10.0 sacks.
WR Levi Norwood has caught a pass in 24 consecutive games.
Norwood has 2 punt returns 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 70-for-70 on PATs in `13. BU's career leader in scoring with 424 pts. and FG made (54).
Jones boasts NCAA's longest active streak of 177 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 (661.6 ypg.), scoring offense (56.8 ppg.) and passing efficiency (189.38). The Bears are the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 for both passing (4th, 381.9) and rushing offense (9th, 279.7). 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 55 of their 70 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 65.8 yards and an average time of 1:42.
NOVEMBER (AND DECEMBER) IS FOR CONTENDERS
Baylor has compiled an FBS best 13-2 mark in November and December since 2011 (9-2 in Nov., 4-0 in Dec.). Included in those games is a 5-2 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).
THE NATION'S MOST BALANCED OFFENSE
Despite scoring quick touchdowns in its first 10 games, Baylor has continued to establish its run game in order to set up the pass play. The Bears have 482 rushes on the season and only 325 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.
DEFENSE HALF OF THE EQUATION FOR SUCCESS
Baylor's underrated defense doesn't get the credit it deserves, but the success of the Bears is directly related to its suffocating D. Baylor ranks 22nd nationally in scoring defense (20.6 points per game) and 25th in total defense (350.1 yards per game). The Bears are seventh in the nation in red zone percentage against (.688) and second in fourth down conversion defense allowed (.208).
OFFENSIVE SUBS BECOMING HOUSEHOLD NAMES
With injuries keeping three of Baylor's top offensive weapons sidelined, the country has been introduced to Baylor's depth. Redshirt freshmen Devin Chafin and Shock Linwood have filled in for injured backfield stars Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk. Meanwhile, junior receivers Clay Fuller and Levi Norwood have been 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 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 22nd nationally and second in the Big 12 in points allowed (20.6/game) and ranks 25th nationally and second in the Big 12 in total yards allowed (350.1/game).
PETTY LEADS NATION IN FIRST 10 STARTS
Through 10 games, Bryce Petty is averaging 335.1 passing yards per game, while completing 64.1 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and only one interception. He is second in the country in passing efficiency at 194.1 and is third in ESPN's adjusted QBR rankings with a score of 91.3. 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 10 career starts.
STARTING OFFENSE IS WELL-OILED MACHINE
Baylor's starting offense has had 115 drives that have resulted in 62 touchdowns, eight field goals, 24 punts, eight turnover on downs, one safety, three missed field goals, one interception and eight fumbles (five End Of Halfs not included).
BU has scored first in seven of its 10 games this year to help it outscore its opponents by a combined total of 191-47 in the opening quarter. BU has put points on the scoreboard in the 1st quarter in 25 of its last 27 games dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
STARTING D TOUGH TO SCORE ON
Baylor's defense ranks 22nd nationally in points allowed with 20.6, but has actually only allowed 155 points (15.5/gm) by its starting defense (42 of 206 total points allowed after reserves entered, two came on a safety and seven allowed by special teams). The starting unit has allowed just 21 TDs in nine games this season.
BAYLOR'S DISRUPTIVE DEFENSE
Baylor's veteran defense, which ranks 25th nationally under third-year defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, has proven to be a force in disrupting opposing offenses through 10 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 37 straight games. That is currently the nation's longest active streak. 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 53 of 73 games. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Bears have had 36 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 36 games - a total of 74 takeaways (46 interceptions, 28 fumbles recovered). Sixty-three of those 74 takeaways have come over the last 27 games, an average 2.3 per game (Baylor is 22-5 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 56.8 points per game, 661.6 yards per game and 8.2 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.