|NR/RV/NR BAYLOR (6-5, 3-5) vs. 24/RV/23 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-4, 5-3)
Dec. 1, 2012 | 11 a.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Baylor's matchup with Oklahoma State will be televised nationally on FX, marking the 16th consecutive national telecast for the Bears. Dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, Saturday's game will be the 23rd nationally televised contest in a span of 24 games for Baylor. It will also be the ninth game this season televised on the FOX family of networks.
OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES HISTORY
This is the 31st meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 18-12 after Oklahoma State's 59-25 victory last season in Stillwater. OSU leads the series 6-5 in games played in Waco; with Baylor's last win coming in 2005 (44-34), Mike Gundy's first season at Oklahoma State. The Bears have not scored more than 28 points against the Cowboys since that 2005 win. The Bears and Cowboys first met Oct. 25, 1914, with OSU blanking Baylor 60-0. The Bears won the next nine meetings before a 20-7 OSU victory in 1972. The teams have met once in the postseason, a 24-14 OSU victory in the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome in Houston.
BOWL ELIGIBLE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
Baylor rallied for a 52-45 overtime win over Texas Tech on Nov. 24 to become bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. Baylor is in line to earn a bowl bid in for the third straight season, for the first time ever; twice previously BU was eligible three straight years but not invited every season (1990-91-92; 1985-86-87). Baylor has reached the six-win plateau in at least three consecutive seasons for just the seventh time in school history (1990-92, 1985-88, 1948- 51, 1935-39, 1928-30 & 1915-17). Baylor hasn't had seven or more win wins in three straight seasons since 1949-50-51, when it won eight, seven and eight games, respectively.
BAYLOR HONORING 23 SENIORS PRIOR TO OSU GAME
Baylor's game against Oklahoma State is also its Senior Day. 23 Baylor football student-athletes will be honored prior to the game. The game will be the last at Floyd Casey Stadium for OL Alex Bonilla, DB Chance Casey, LB Rodney Chadwick, QB Nick Florence, S Mike Hicks, OL Jake Jackson, DT Kaeron Johnson, DT Nick Johnson, OL Cameron Kaufhold, PK Kolton Lye, DL Gary Mason, Jr., student assistant Anthony Moore, DE Kevin Park, RB Jarred Salubi, WR Lanear Sampson, DS Marcus Santa Cruz, WR Darryl Stonum, WR Michael Valdez, OL Ivory Wade, WR Terrance Williams, S Josh Wilson, PK Chris Winkler and FB Erik Wolfe. Casey, Chadwick, Florence, Hicks, Jackson, K. Johnson, Kaufhold, Mason Jr., Monk, Salubi, Sampson, Wade and Williams are all 4- year letterwinners.
LACKEY EARNS WEEKLY HONORS
Baylor LB Eddie Lackey was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after Baylor's 52-45 overtime win over Texas Tech. Lackey intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to help Baylor become bowl-eligible for a third straight season after a 52-45 OT win against Texas Tech. He returned his first interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 14:44 left in the fourth quarter to give BU its first lead of the game (35-31). His second pick ended TTU's drive to win the game as the score was tied at 45 with 2:46 remaining. The fumble recovery occurred at Baylor's own 7-yard line with 1:32 remaining in the first half as Tech was driving to build on a 21-7 lead. Lackey is the first Baylor player to have three takeaways in a game since Jordan Lake had two interceptions and a fumble recovery vs. Buffalo on Sept. 22, 2007.
WILLIAMS BEST IN THE BUSINESS
Senior receiver and Biletnikoff Award finalist Terrance Williams leads the nation with 1,693 yards (153.9 ypg) and ranks sixth with 8.1 receptions per game. He has shattered the school's single-season yardage record and is on pace to become just the second 2,000-yard receiver in NCAA history (and possibly break current Big 12 record of 1,962). Williams is 19 receptions shy of the single-season school record of 108 (set by former teammate Kendall Wright in 2011) and 20 shy of breaking into the Big 12 top 10 listing. Williams owns the school record for career all-purpose yards (4,554) and his 194 receptions rank second in school history. A senior from Dallas, Texas, Williams set a Big 12 Conference record when he had 314 receiving yards on Sept. 29 at West Virginia, and his 17 receptions in that game were five more than the previous Baylor single-game record. He has topped 100 receiving yards in eight of 11 games this season and 13 times in his career. He's led the team in receiving yards in 10 of 11 games this season.
Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet for the 31st time with the Cowboys leading the all-time series, 18-12. OSU holds a 6-5 mark in games played in Waco.
A win would give Baylor its 5th win this season at Floyd Casey and would mark just the 7th time BU has registered 5 or more home wins in the 63 year history of The Case.
Baylor's last win over Oklahoma State was a 44-34 home win over the Cowboys in 2005.
Baylor has reached the 6-win plateau in at least 3 consecutive seasons for just the 7th time in school history (1990-92, 1985-88, 1948-51, 1935-39, 1928-30 & 1915-17).
Baylor hasn't had 7+ wins in 3 straight seasons since 1949-50-51, when it won 8, 7 and 8 games, respectively.
Baylor's high-octane offense ranks 2nd in the nation in total offense (575.5 ypg), 3rd in passing (358.5 ypg) and 5th in scoring (44.4 ppg).
In its last 4 games, Baylor offense is averaging 292.8 rushing yards (14 TDs) and 293.3 passing yards (8 TDs).
Baylor has won 11 of its last 12 games at home in Floyd Casey Stadium.
Baylor is 9-1 during Nov. & Dec. over last 2 years.
Baylor is 1 of 4 FBS schools averaging 300-plus passing yards and 200-plus rushing yards this season (Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M).
Baylor's rushing offense ranks 1st in Big 12 (217.0 ypg).
Baylor has 4 players with at least 400 yards rushing this season; 1st time since 1994.
Saturday is Senior Day and 23 Baylor seniors will be honored before the game.
Baylor won 9 of the 1st 10 meetings with Oklahoma State from 1914-1942, but OSU has won 17-of-the-last- 20 games in the series, including a 15-1 advantage in Big 12 era.
The Baylor offense is climbing its way up the single-season record books. BU has amassed 6,330 yards of total offense (2nd all-time), 3,943 passing yards (2nd), 31 passing TDs (2nd), 30 rushing TDs (2nd) and 261 pass completions (6th).
Saturday's 52-45 win over Texas Tech marked the 1st time Baylor had won back-to-back games vs. the Red Raiders since the 1986 and `87 seasons.
Baylor's 4 takeaways Saturday vs. Tech marked the 5th game this season BU has recorded at least 3 takeaways.
Baylor played its 1st overtime game of the season vs. Texas Tech and its 1st OT game since a 31-30 win at Kansas on Nov. 12, 2011. BU is 2-0 in OT games under Art Briles.
Baylor is 5-2 this season when outrushing its opponent.
Baylor has scored on its opening offensive drive in 6-of-11 games this season.
BU's offense has converted 50% or higher 3rd-Down conversions in 3 straight games (2-1 record).
Baylor has connected on 9 passes for 50+ yards this season and 23 passes for 40+ yards.
Baylor is now 14-2 when forcing 2+ turnovers during DC Phil Bennett's 2 season (won 1st 11 such games during Bennett's tenure, 3-2 since).