* 2011: The Bears moved the ball, marching inside the Cowboys 35 on their first five possessions. But they continually came up empty. Five turnovers and two failed fourth-and-1 attempts prevented Baylor from keeping pace with Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Joe Randle and Co. The loss dropped the Bears to 4-3, but they confirmed their talent by winning out, picking up statement wins over Oklahoma and Texas and finally an Alamo Bowl conquest of Washington to finish 10-3.
So what happened in those games?
“It's just a testament to our good scouting,” said Cowboys senior Kye Staley. “Finding out what their strong points are, their weak points are and executing.
“They've had RG3, a Heisman Trophy candidate — he came in and we shut him down. And our offense just executed.”
Perhaps that's where the mental carry-over exists — with the Cowboys.
“We all know they're going to be ready to play,” said senior offensive lineman Parker Graham, dismissing talk of any intangible edge. “They're top five in the country. They have a top-five offense. We're going to have to go out there and compete.”
Then there's the Boone Pickens Stadium factor.
Baylor has been shaky at best on the road in the Big 12 in recent years. The Bears went 1-3 in conference road games in 2011, with the lone win coming in overtime at Kansas. They were 0-4 on the road in the league last year.
This season, the Bears are 2-0 while away in the Big 12, yet those wins came at Kansas and Kansas State, with the latter an unsteady 35-25 verdict.
Now comes a visit to Boone Pickens Stadium, which has been on their minds for some time.
“Other than having a great team and great coaches,” Dixon said of the Cowboys, “they have a fan base that's stepping on your shoulders.”
Said Petty: “Going into Stillwater, I have to be perfect. That's what I want to strive for this week, game plan and preparation-wise. I know it's going to be a hostile environment and I want to make sure I have all my Ts crossed and Is dotted.”