The University of Kansas (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) football team welcomes the Baylor Bears (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) Saturday afternoon for a Big 12 Conference showdown. The game against Baylor represents the 91st renewal of homcoming activities on the KU campus. Kansas has won 10 of its last 13 homecoming encounters and is hosting Baylor on homecoming for the first time in school history. Overall, Kansas is 38-47-5 in homecoming games. Kansas looks to return to its winning ways after falling to Colorado 50-47 last week in overtime. Senior quarterback Bill Whittemore is coming off a stellar performance against the Buffs which saw him pass for a career-best 422 yards -- the second-best single-game effort in KU history.
Baylor stunned Colorado two weeks ago, but suffered a 73-10 setback last week against Texas A&M. The Bears were held to just 184 yards of total offense by the Aggies and will look to senior running back Rashad Armstrong -- who led the Big 12 in rushing prior to that contest -- to get their running game back on track. Armstrong was held to just 22 yards rushing on 18 carries last week after scorching Colorado for 166 yards on Oct. 4.
KU -- Baylor Series Notes
This year's Kansas-Baylor game marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools. Baylor holds a 4-2 lead in the series. KU is 2-1 while playing the Bears in Lawrence. The last meeting between the two schools was a 35-32 Baylor win last year at BU's Floyd Casey Stadium.
A Kansas WIN Would...
- Give KU a 5-2 record for the first time since the 1985 season.
- Make KU's record 39-47-5 all-time in homecoming games.
- Give KU its fourth win in Memorial Stadium this year -- the most home victories since 1999 when the team was 5-1 at home
- Give KU a 2-1 Big 12 record for the first time since 1997
- Make Kansas 524-514-58 all-time.
Baylor is coached by Guy Morriss, who holds a 3-3 record in his first year of guiding the Bears. Prior to his arrival at BU, Morriss spent two years at Kentucky where he amassed a 9-14 (.360) overall record. Morris spent 18 years in the NFL where he was an all-pro player (1981 Philadelphia Eagles), played in two superbowls (Eagles, Patriots) and coached for three seasons.
A Quick Look At Baylor
Baylor (3-3, 1-1 Big 12), recorded one of the most impressive wins of the 2003 college football season when the Bears captured a 42-30 win over heavily-favored Colorado on Oct. 4. The Baylor rushing attack is led by senior running back Rashad Armstrong who averages 101.8 yards per game on the ground. Armstrong, a native of Miami, Fla., leads the team with five rushing scores on the season and averages 4.2 yards each time he carries the ball. Junior quarterback Aaron Karas, has thrown for eight touchdowns this year, but has also thrown seven interceptions in BU's six games. Karas, who is Baylor's all-time leader in career completion percentage, has been accurate on 58 percent (91-of-157) of his pass attempts this year. Defensively, sophomore defensive back Maurice Lane leads the team with 55 tackles on the season. He led the team with 12 total tackles, including two for a loss against Texas A&M last week.