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No. 12 Football Preps for Alamo Bowl, Washington

15/16/12 Baylor (9-3, 6-3) vs. NR/NR/NR Washington (7-5, 5-4)
Dec. 29, 2011 | 8 p.m. CT
San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome (65,000)

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Date Sat., Dec. 29 | 8 p.m. CT
Location San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome (65,000)
Radio ESPN National| ESPN Central Texas
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Series Baylor leads, 3-1
In Waco Baylor leads, 2-0
In Seattle
Series Tied, 1-1
Neutral Never Met
First Meeting Oct. 16, 1954 - Baylor, 34-7
Last Meeting Sept. 25, 1965 - Baylor, 17-14
Record 9-3, 6-3 Big 12
Ranking 15 (AP), 16 (Coaches), 12 (BCS)
Last Game Dec. 3 (def. No. 22 Texas, 48-24)
Head Coach Art Briles (Texas Tech, 1979)
Career: 58-53 (9th season)
BU Record: 24-25 (4th season)
vs. Washington: 0-0
Record 7-5, 5-4 Pac-12
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches), NR (BCS)
Last Game Nov. 26 (def. Washington State, 38-21)
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian (BYU, 1997)
Career: 19-18 (3rd season)
Washington Record: 19-18 (3rd season)
vs. Baylor: 0-0

• Baylor has its first 9-win season since 1986 (9-3) and is looking for its second 10-win season in program history (1980, 10-2).
• Baylor is riding a 5-game winning streak, its longest since starting the 1991 season 5-0. Its last 6-game winning streak came over five games in 1986 and one game in 1987.
• Baylor's 6 Big 12 wins are its most ever and its first season with 6 conference wins since 1986 (6-2, Southwest Conference).
• Baylor is 3-2 vs. current BCS top 25 teams, including a 1-point loss on the road at KSU.
• Baylor's powerful & balanced offense leads the nation in passing efficiency (194.05) & 1st downs (28.67), ranks 2nd in total offense (571.25), 5th in passing (356.17), 6th in scoring (43.5) and 18th in rushing (215.08).
• Baylor is the only FBS school averaging 300+yds passing and 200+yds rushing and the only school in the top 20 in both rushing & passing offense - 5th nationally in passing (356.17) and 18th in rushing (215.08).
• Baylor is No. 12 in the BCS Standings -- the highest the Bears have ever been ranked in the BCS.
• Baylor has broken 65 school records (46 individual, 19 team; 55 offense, 10 special teams), and 10 more are within reach.
• Baylor had 18 different players earn All-Big 12 honors this season, including 17 on the coaches teams and 11 on the AP teams.
• According to the latest strength of schedule rankings by the NCAA, Baylor has the 8th-toughest schedule in FBS.

• Baylor is appearing in bowl games in consecutive years for the 1st time since 1991-92.
• Baylor is 8-9 in 17 previous bowl appearances (last win - 1992 John Hancock Bowl).
• Baylor is 3-5 all-time in bowl games in the state of Texas, including a loss in its only Alamo Bowl appearance in 1994.
• Baylor is 18-13 all-time in the month of December.
• Baylor's coaching staff has a combined 60 games of bowl experience as a coach and eight games as a player.
• Head Coach Art Briles will make his fifth bowl appearance as head coach; he was 0-3 in three bowl trips as Houston head coach (2003 Hawai'i, 2005 Fort Worth, 2006 Liberty) and 0-1 as Baylor's head coach (2010 Texas).

• The 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl will mark the 18th bowl appearance in Baylor football's 110-year history.
• Baylor is 8-9 all-time in its previous 17 bowl appearances and has not won a bowl game since the 1992 John Hancock Bowl, a 20-15 victory over Arizona in the last game of the Grant Teaff era.
• Baylor will be playing its ninth bowl game in the state of Texas. Baylor is 3-5 in its first eight in-state bowl appearances. The Bears' only other bowl game in San Antonio was a 10-3 loss to Washington State in the 1994 Alamo Bowl.

Baylor's offense has set or tied 55 school records in 2011, including passing TDs (39), points (522) and total offense (6,855 yards). The Bears set or tied 15 team and 40 individual records (RG3-20, Kendall Wright-13, Terrance Ganaway-7). Baylor is the only team in FBS to average at least 200 yards rushing and 300 yards passing per game, and the Bears are also the only team to rank in the top 20 nationally in rushing and passing offense. BU is 5th in passing and 18th in rushing.

Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (194.05) and first downs (29.09), ranks 2nd in total offense (571.25), 5th in passing offense (356.17), 6th in scoring offense (43.5) and 18th in rushing offense (215.08).

Baylor's offense is averaging 43.5 points, 571.25 yards of total offense, 356.17 passing yards and 7.5 yards per play, while completing 72.4 percent of its passes; all five currently would stand as Baylor single-season records.

Baylor, which ranks 6th nationally in scoring offense (43.5 points per game) through 12 games, is averaging 2:00 time of possession on 76 timed scoring drives. By comparison, Baylor averaged 2:27 on its scoring drives in 2010.

Forty of Baylor's 76 timed scoring drives have taken less than two minutes, including 21 scoring drives of less than 60 seconds.

Baylor has only 19 scoring drives that have taken three minutes or more, and the Bears have only one scoring drive of more than five minutes this season (8:12 at Oklahoma State).



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