Quick Primer on Holiday Bowl

Here's a quick primer on all the basic info you need to know about the match-up between UCLA and Baylor...

• UCLA will face the Baylor Bears December 27th in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

• Kick-off time schedule for 6:45 and the game will be televised by ESPN.

• In the Pac-12 bowl hierarchy, the Holiday Bowl is third, behind the Rose Bowl and Alamo Bowl.

• For information on tickets, go here: official UCLA site bowl central.

• Baylor is 7-5 overall this season, and 4-5 in the Big 12, tied for 5th in the conference.

• A year after losing Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III, the Bears started the season fast, going 3-0 out of the gates, before losing four straight. By early November, the Bears were 4-5, and 1-5 in the Big 12, but then won their last three games. One of those was a huge upset of #1-ranked Kansas State November 17th, 52-24, that essentially knocked out the Wildcats from the BCS Championship Game. The two other victories were over Texas Tech (52-45, OT) and #23-ranked Oklahoma State (42-34).

• Baylor has the #1-ranked offense in the country, averaging 578 yards per game. They are #5 in scoring (44 points/game), and #3 in passing offense (353/game).

• They are led senior quarterback Nick Florence (6-1, 205), who ranks fifth in Baylor history in career passing yards and is second in single season passing yards.

• The Bears' defense, on the other hand, is 119th in the nation (out of 120), allowing an average of 513 yards per game. They are 114th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 38 points per game.

• Baylor is 112th in the nation in sacks, having just 13 on the season. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who leads the nation in sacks, has more than the entire Baylor defense, with 13.5.

• Baylor is coached by Art Briles, in his fifth year with the Bears, possessing an overall record in Waco of 32-30. Briles turned around the Houston program before took the Baylor job for the 2008 season. He's best known for his high-octane offenses. The season he had in 2011 was perhaps the best in Baylor history, going 10-3 (tying for the most wins in a season in Baylor history). The win over Oklahoma that year was the fist for Baylor in its history, having lost the previous 20 meetings.

• For the Bruins, they've had their most successful regular season since going 9-2 in 2005, winning the Pac-12 South before falling to Stanford 27-24 on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship Game, missing out on the Rose Bowl.

• It's the first time UCLA and Baylor have ever played against each other.


Bruin Report Online Top Stories