News and Notes: Baylor

News and Notes:  Baylor

News and notes while thinking that all the Baylor football fans I've ever seen look like Mitt and Ann Romney.

  • Someone will come out of Saturday's game in Waco with their first conference win. KU (1-7 overall, 0-5 Big 12) takes on Baylor (3-4, 0-4 Big 12) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It'll be on Fox Sports Net.
  • Baylor leads the all-time series, 7-4.
  • BU has won the last two meetings, including a 31-30 overtime win in Lawrence in 2011.
  • The Bears are a perfect 5-0 against Kansas in Waco.
  • Kansas' last win over Baylor came in 2007 with a 58-10 win in Lawrence.
  • KU trails the all-time series vs. BU in Big 12 games, 5-3.
  • Kansas ranks first in the Big 12 and 13th in the NCAA in red zone defense, holding opponents to just 69% (***giggle***) success inside the 20.
  • Kansas has had a 100-yard rusher in six of eight games this season. James Sims has done it four times.
  • KU ranks 40th nationally in rushing offense and fourth in the Big 12.
  • KU is 9-7-2 all time in games played on November 3rd. KU first played a game on November 3rd in 1894, losing to Iowa in Iowa City. KU's last November 3rd outing was a fun one, hanging 76 on Bugeaters in 2007.
  • The Jayhawks have an all-time record of 573-577-58 (.498 winning percentage).
  • Art Briles is in his fifth season at Baylor and has made the Bears relevant again. Last season, Baylor won 10 games under the leadership of Briles and Heisman Trophy QB Robert W. Griffin III.
  • In 2011, the Bears won their first bowl game since 1992 with a 67-56 win over Washington at the Alamo Bowl.
  • Baylor started the season with wins over SMU, Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe and has proceeded to lose four-straight in conference: West Virginia, TCU, Texas and Iowa State.
  • The Bears tout the NCAA's top passing offense, throwing for 395.7 yards per game.
  • Senior QB Nick Florence leads the high-flying Baylor offense. Florence has completed 173-of-268 passes (66.8%) on the season, good for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns. Florence has also rushed for four TDs and leads the NCAA in total offense with 414.1 yards per game.
  • Terrance Williams is his BFF with 60 catches, 1,203 yards and nine TDs. Williams ranks first in the NCAA in receiving yards per game at 171.9 and is fourth in receptions per game with 8.6.
  • Lanear Sampson is the Bears' second most productive receiver with 38 receptions, 474 yards and five TDs, while Tevin Reese has hauled in 30 catches, 585 yards and five TDs.
  • Jarred Salubi leads the BU rushing attack with 430 yards and three TDs on 98 attempts (4.4 yards per carry).
  • Bryce Hager leads the Baylor defense with 70 tackles on the season, including 37 solo stops. He also has 5.0 TFLs for a loss of 17 yards and two forced fumbles.
  • Ahmad Dixon comes in a close second with 67 tackles, including 3.5 TFLs for -13 yards and an interception.
  • Aaron Jones leads all Bears in scoring as he has made all 38 of his PATs and has also made 8-of-12 FGs.
  • Kansas has 35 players from Texas on their roster. Baylor has no Kansans.
  • Since returning from his three-game suspension, James Sims has rushed for an average of 124.4 yards per game in five games. Sims had a career-best rushing performance in KU's loss to Texas last week with 176 yards on 28 carries, including a career-long 64-yard dash in the second quarter.
  • Sims has rushed for 100 yards in four straight games for the first time in his KU career.
  • Kansas isn't giving yards away. The Jayhawks only had four penalties against Texas, and they rank third nationally in penalty yards per game (just 28.25 yards per game). That's best in the Big 12. KU also ranks third nationally in penalties per outing at just 3.63 flags per game. That ties them for first in the Big 12 with one of the more disciplined teams you'll ever see: Kansas State.
  • Kansas RB Tony Pierson made his presence felt against Texas with 51 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Pierson sustained an elbow injury against Kansas State, after which he missed the entire Oklahoma State game and saw limited duty at Oklahoma. Pierson is averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the ground and has 15 catches for 198 yards and a TD.
  • November 3rd in sports history… Detroit Tiger's legend Ty Cobb resigns as the team's manager (1926)... Inexpicably, Mickey Cochrane wins the American League MVP award even thought Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown (1934)... Inexplicably, Joe Gordon wins the American League MVP Award even thought Ted Williams wins the Triple Crown (1942)... The NHL All-Stars beat Toronto, 3-1, in the second NHL All-Star Game (1948)... Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors hangs 72 on the Los Angeles Lakers (1962)... Philadelphia voters approve $25 million to build a new sports stadium (1964)... Milwaukee Brewers reliever and the greatest mustache in the history of baseball Rollie Fingers wins the AL Cy Young Award (1981)... The Detroit Pistons block 20 Cleveland Cavalier shots, tying the NBA regulation game record (1982)... Pete Vuckovich becomes Milwaukee's 2nd consecutive AL Cy Young winner (1982)... a young, pre-steroid Oakland first baseman named Mark McGwire wins AL Rookie of Year (1987)... Lou Piniella is named manager of the Reds, replacing banned Pete Rose (1989)... the Minnesota Timberwolves lose their first-ever game as a franchise, 106-94, to the Seattle SuperSonics (1989)... Ken Daneyko sets a New Jersey Devil "ironman" record by playing in his 322nd consecutive game (1993)... The Boston Celtics lose 101-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first game played at the new Fleet Center (1995)... Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Scott Rolen is unanimously selected National League Rookie of Year (1997).
  • Happy birthday Saturday to… Actor and guy who beat the snot out of Rocky Balboa, Dolph Lundgren (54)... Former punk rocker-turned-pop star Adam Ant (57)... Comedian and conservative pundit Dennis Miller (57)... Former Massachusetts governor and presidential election disaster Mike Dukakis (78).
  • Happy birthday, dear dead people... action star Charles Bronson (91)... Early football star and professional wrestler Bronko Nagurski (104)... Stephen Austin, "The Father of Texas" (229).

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