No. 16/14 football hosts No. 9/7 Oklahoma State

WACO, Texas— After a league-opening win last week at Iowa State, No. 16-14 Baylor will host No. 9-7 Oklahoma State with kick-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. The game will be televised live on FOX with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (analyst) directing the action, and will also be broadcast on the Baylor Radio Network John Morris (Play-by-Play), JJ Joe (Analyst) and Ricky Thompson (Sideline) on the call.

The game will also be broadcast live on Westwood One, with Mike Watts (play-by-play) and Ryan Harris (analyst) commenting on the competition.

Fans are encouraged to wear gold to Baylor’s “Go Gold” game, gold pom-poms will be available for the first 20,000 fans at Gates A, C and D, and fans can receive freebies in Touchdown Alley while supplies last.

Baylor (3-1, 1-0 Big 12 Conference) will be looking to extend a nine-game winning streak at home, the 12th-Longest active streak in college football when it faces Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12). The Bears will face the Cowboys for the third time in the last two years, as the two teams faced off in two classics last year, including Baylor’s victory in the 2021 Big 12 Conference Championship game in Arlington, Texas.

SERIES HISTORY

• Oklahoma State leads the series 22-19 with the Bears while Baylor leads 9-7 in Waco.
• The two teams met twice last year, with the Cowboys winning the regular-season meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma, before the Bears won the Big 12 Conference title game against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, 21-16.
• Baylor has won three of the last five meetings in the series and six of the last nine. At Waco, Oklahoma State has won just once in the past 12 years, a 43-3 win in 2020.

LAST MEETING

• Baylor delivered a thrilling 21-16 win over Oklahoma State to win the 2021 Big 12 Conference Championship game in Arlington.
• The Bears – ranked 9th – beat the 5th-ranked Cowboys with 11 wins in a heartbreaking affair that saw OSU take four shots in the final seconds of the game on the two’s go-ahead score. yard line. The last attempt of OSU saw Jairon McVea Make a TD-saving tackle from Dezmon Jackson just inches from the goal line to secure the win.
• Baylor intercepted All-Conference QB Spencer Sanders four times in the game — after forcing Sanders to three picks in the regular season — and held the Cowboys inside the 10-yard line to three short-range shots in three more trips. Field goals a defense that stiffens when needed.
• Then-freshman QB Blake Shapen provided a performance for the ages to the relief of the injured starter Gerry Bohanonby setting a Big 12 championship record by completing his first 17 passing attempts. He was named the most outstanding player after playing 23-28 for 180 yards and three TDs, also showing a 28-yard scamper in the third quarter.
• The Bears took a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter after TD passed Shapen to Ben Sims, Drew Estrada and Tyquan Thornton. The Cowboys finished off with second and third field goals and a TD run from Dominic Richardson, and the game came to the fourth stop on McVea’s goal line.
AbrahamSmith carried it 17 times for 63 yards, with Trestan Ebner Toting it five times for 17 yards. Thornton had six catches for 71 yards.

RECOGNIZE COWBOYS

• Oklahoma State comes into the matchup in Waco ranked 9th in the AP poll and 7th in the USA TODAY Coaches poll after opening its season with convincing home wins over Central Michigan, Arizona State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff last idle week Week.
• The Cowboys are coached by Grade 18 head coach Mike Gundy, who led OSU to the Big 12 Conference Championship game against Baylor a year ago. Gundy will be joined by offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn and defensive coordinator and former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason.
• Oklahoma State has ended a 12-2 season losing only to Iowa State and Baylor in the league title game. The Cowboys earned a 37-35 win over Notre Dame in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl.
• OSU has averaged 51.7 points and allowed just 22.7 points per game in 2022, at 511.3 yards per game, 163.3 on the ground and 348 in the air. Defensively, OSU allows 376.7 yards per game, including 265.3 passing and 111.3 rushing. The Cowboys forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble.
• Veteran QB Spencer Sanders has thrown for 305.3 yards per game and completed 65.3 percent of his passes with 10 TDs and just one interception. Braydon Johnson has caught 14 passes for 300 yards and three TDs, with Brennan Presley owning 12 catches for 166 yards. On the ground, Dominic Richardson has carried it 43 times for 215 yards and two TDs, with Sanders also scoring three points.
• Defensively, Mason Cobb has 24 tackles, including six for a loss and two sacks, adding five QB hurries.

BAYLOR CLAIMS LEAGUE OPENER IN AMES

• Baylor scored a 31-24 win over Iowa State in Ames to open league play. In the fourth quarter he led 31:14 and secured victory with an efficient offensive attack.
• The Bears rushed for 238 yards and three TDs missed Blake Shapenand 78 yards and a rushing TD from freshman Richard Reese breakaway from the Cyclones and claim Baylor’s first win at Ames since 2016.
• The Baylor defense forced two interceptions and kept the ISU rushing for just 66 yards, totaling four sacks, including two by linebacker Bryson Jackson.
• Shapes found Ben Sims, Dillon Doyle and Gavin Holmes for TD shots, with Holmes aiming for three catches and 92 yards. His 38-yard scoring hold pushed Baylor’s lead to 31-14 with a 9:37 in the fourth quarter. The Cyclones cut the lead to 10 with a 75-play drive and added a field goal to launch an impactful on-side-kick attempt in the dying seconds that was grabbed by BU linebacker Matthew Jones to achieve victory.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 OPENER

• Baylor has won 8-1 in Big 12 openers since 2013. In the 17 previous Big 12 opener games from 1996 to 2012, the Bears went 4-13 and were outplayed by an average of 32-23.
• This was the fifth time Baylor opened Big 12 Conference play with Iowa State, facing the Cyclones in 2022, 2019, 2014, 2001 and 2000, winning 3-2 in those encounters.

HOLDING SERVICE AT McLANE

• Baylor holds an 11-2 record at McLane Stadium under Coach David Arandawhich includes nine straight wins and goes back to a 7-0 record in 2021.
• The Bears are among the national leaders with nine straight home wins, with Clemson (36 straight), Cincinnati (29), Oregon (21), Alabama (16), Miami of Ohio (15), Georgia (14), NC State (13), Ole Miss (12), Louisiana-Lafayette (11), Michigan (11), Utah (10), Ohio State (10), and Kent State (10) ahead of Baylor.

BEARS IN NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS

• Baylor is in the nation’s top 30 in 12 major categories, including check-in #26 in rushing offense and #22 in scoring offense.
• On defense, BU ranks ninth in rushing defense, 23rd in scoring defense and 24th in total defense nationally.
• Individually, Richard Reese Ranked 7th in Rushing TDs and 49th in Rushing Yards.

REESE ARISES

• Baylor newcomer runs back Richard Reese got off to a flying start to his collegiate career, leading the Bears in his first four NCAA games.
• Reese has 315 yards for 55 carries with six TDs in four games, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 78.8 yards per game.
• A native of Bellville, Texas, Reese had 156 grounded yards in a Texas State rout and had three TDs. Among the NCAA freshmen, Reese ranked first in rushing TDs and fifth in rushing yards.

NEXT UP

• The Bears will return to action on Thursday, October 13 in West Virginia in a live televised game on FS1 from Morgantown. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM CT.

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