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Football looks to regroup in Norman today. Cross Country places 2d in South Central Region and will be heading to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN.

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Today’s Events

The Clint Lewis Story

Volleyball

  • Baylor volleyball (19-8, 7-4) is set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers (12-14, 3-9) today at 1 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Baylor will look to secure its 20th win of the season, a first for the program since the 2012 season. A win over WVU would also be its eighth Big 12 win of the year, the first time BU has eclipsed the seven-win mark in conference play since 2012.

With a 16-game conference schedule, a win over the Mountaineers would additionally guarantee a .500 or better finish in conference play, the first time the program has achieved that feat since the Sweet 16 team in 2009.

Continuing through the back-half of the double-round robin conference schedule, the two sides are set to face off for the second time this season, with Baylor taking a four-set win in Morgantown on Oct. 15.

BU holds the advantage in the all-time series, leading 9-3 overall and 3-2 in Waco.

Equestrian

  • No. 3 Baylor equestrian (5-2) took down the Delaware State Hornets (0-5) yesterday, sweeping three of the four events and securing the 13-3 victory at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Baylor started the day with a 4-0 sweep of fences, using strong rides from Madison Day, Alicia Gasser, and Savannah Jenkins, who posted the meet-high score of 87, earning the Most Outstanding Performer honors.

Continuing with reining, the Bears took a commanding 8-0 lead, securing points from Maddison Smith, Ginger Chant, Georgia Smith, and Abbi Demel. Maddison Smith led the group in scoring (71.5), while Georgia Smith's 70.5 earned MOP.

After the break, Baylor allowed the only three points scored by Delaware State, with the Hornets logging three points in horsemanship to cut the BU lead to 9-3. Abbi Demel received Baylor's only point from the event with a 74.

To finish off the day, BU came out strong in the flat, taking all four points and ending the day with a score of 13-3. Alicia Gasser and Savannah Jenkins both garnered their second points of the day for Baylor, with Gasser earning the MOP.

  • The Bears take on TCU today at 10 a.m. to close out the fall schedule.

Tennis

The singles semifinals at the Jack Kramer Collegiate Invitational will consist of only Baylor men’s tennis players, after another undefeated outing at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club Friday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears had four players entered in the 64-man singles draw and through two days of competition all four have been perfect to be the last four players standing.

The 54th-ranked Max Tchoutakian picked up a three-set victory in the quarterfinals against UC Santa Barbara’s Simon Freund. The senior Bear dropped the opening set, but rebounded to take the match 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

BU’s two freshman in the event both improved to 3-0 as Constantin Frantzen bested Roy Lederman of Stanford, 6-2, 7-6(5), and Bjoern Petersen carded a 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 win against UC-Santa Barbara’s Nicolas Moreno.

Will Little’s foe in the quarterfinals was injured, so he advanced automatically to the semifinals, but he did pick up a win in an added match, 6-4, 7-5, against Joseph Rother of UC-Santa Barbara.

In doubles, Frantzen and Tchoutakian won their quarterfinal contest against Washington’s Kawika Lam and Enzo Sommer, 8-6.

Little and Petersen also triumphed in their doubles consolation match, downing Pepperdine’s Nicholas Baez and Tom Hill, 8-4.

Frantzen now owns a 9-3 record in singles play and has won seven straight.

  • Play at the Jack Kramer Collegiate Invitational continues today. All four Bears will play in the singles semifinals starting at 12:30 p.m. CT, while both doubles pairings will be in action at 11 a.m. CT.

Cross Country

  • For the 16th time in program history, the Baylor women's cross country team is headed to the NCAA Championships, after earning an automatic berth to that event with a second-place showing in the NCAA South Central Region Championship yesterday at Agri Park. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Baylor women were led by senior Maggie Montoya (20:21.7) and sophomore Lindsey Bradley (20:24.6), who were second and third, respectively, in the 6,000-meter race. Those two Bears were half of the BU contingent that earned All-Region honors as freshman Anna West (9th, 20:47.7) and senior Peyton Thomas (13, 20:51.7) also finished inside the top-25 runners in the 144-athlete field.

Freshman Gabby Satterlee rounded out the scoring runners for Baylor with a 35th-place showing in 21:45.1.Those five runners totaled 62 team points to finish 14 points behind first place Arkansas and 31 points ahead of third place Rice.

On the men's side, freshman Devin Meyrer led the way with a 16th-place finish in 31:03.7 to earn All-Region honors. Behind Meyrer, Jordan West was 30th with a time of 31:29.0. Meanwhile, Eric Anderson (31:44.6) and Matt League (31:49.0) were 36th and 42nd, respectively in the 10,000-meter race. BU's final scoring runner was Sam Sahli, who placed 62nd with a time of 32:17.0.

As a team, the Baylor men tallied 170 points to finish in fifth behind Texas A&M's 150 point total and ahead of Lamar's 184-point mark. It was BU's best finish for the men, since they were fourth in 2010.

"It was a nice bounce back week for us knowing that we had a little bit of a tough time at conference. I thought the ladies responded really well and just did a super job. They did what they needed to do. They took care of business and made sure we were at the NCAA meet. This group has definitely taken some pride in getting us back to the NCAAs. It is not an easy championship to make and Rice ran really, really well. If we had not brought our A-game we would not have been second." - head coach Todd Harbour on the women's race.

"Devin (Meyrer) had an incredible effort. Doing what he did as a freshman in the 10K is a big ask and he pulled it off. Jordan (West) sponsored the move that kind of got Devin going again in the middle part of that race. If Jordan doesn't go, Devin doesn't make the move that he made to get in the top 25. It was an all-around effort. In his first 10K, I am really proud he ran his race. We are definitely moving in the right direction. We had some things not go our way - Matt Parham fell down, but Sam Sahli was about to cover for him and that is what a team does. When you don't have a perfect day and you place fifth in your region, I think that is a pretty good day. I am really proud of the way they all competed." - assistant head coach Jon Capron on the men's race.

The Baylor women will now compete at the 2016 NCAA Championship, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, in Terre Haute, Ind.

  • The Baylor women’s cross country team made up for lost time in a big way. From BearsExtra.

Disappointed by their performance the last time out at the Big 12 Championships, the Baylor women ran to a second-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regionals on Friday at Agri Park. By finishing in the top two, the Bears advance to the NCAA Championships for the 16th time in program history.

“It was a nice bounce-back week for us knowing that we had a little bit of a tough time at conference,” Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “I thought the ladies responded really well and just did a super job. They did what they needed to do. ... This group has definitely taken some pride in getting us back to the NCAAs. It is not an easy championship to make and Rice ran really, really well. If we had not brought our A-game we would not have been second.”

Basketball

Football

This preview is not going to be pretty... I hope you will respect my meager efforts by commenting only about football stuff. On the field football stuff...

Well, everyone knows OU lost to Houston when people thought they were really good and to tOSU when people thought they were even better. Since then, they have plowed through the Big 12 with their closest game being a 5 point win over Texas. They'll have their corral of stud running backs back for this game, and their receivers aren't too shabby. Their defense, though, can give up some points (including 59 to Texas Tech).

KEYS TO THE GAME There are really two main ones: No. 1. Score points against their kind of sucky defense when on offense. No. 2. Baylor is going to give up some yardage, but the defense needs to try to keep their offense from scoring.

That 2014 win was the Bears’ first on the Sooners’ home turf after 11 losses and marked one of Art Briles’ finest moments as Baylor’s coach.

The scenario couldn’t be more different now.

Following last weekend’s dismal 62-22 loss to TCU, the Bears are in danger of watching their season come unglued. They looked completely distracted and uninspired as they suffered their worst home loss in 11 years.

It will take a monumental effort to get back on track against the Big 12-leading Sooners (7-2, 6-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Bryce Petty

  • Jets' Bryce Petty relieved to have 'burst' his 'bubble' vs. Dolphins. From nj dot com.

Two weeks ago, Bryce Petty endured the ultimate tease. He was in the middle of the huddle, surrounded by his Jets teammates, ready to call his first play as an NFL quarterback.

Then a replay overturned a first down, the punt team came on, and when the offense returned to the field, Ryan Fitzpatrick was back in at QB.

Against the Dolphins last week, though, Petty finally did get some work. One drive, to be exact. He completed both of his passing attempts.

The Walk

“It started with very small things, very small acts of discrimination, very small propaganda, very small things people didn’t really notice, things nobody got upset about. And suddenly it’s 1944 and there’s been a genocide that nobody stopped when they could,” Davidson said. “So little things matter. Little things start big things.”

Nkhama had posted a video to social media telling her story after the racially charged incident. The video rapidly spread across student channels, prompting strangers to join in supporting Nkhama. In the video she said she was on her way to class when a guy went out of his way to bump into her and shoved her off the sidewalk and said, “No n-----s allowed on the sidewalk.” She said another student told the guy to stop, and the initial student said, “I’m just trying to make America great again.”

Davidson said he saw the video on social media and wanted to join in the show of solidarity.

“I think little things like pushing someone off the sidewalk and using the n-word when nobody else is around, if you don’t respond to that and condemn that when it happens in weird outlying things like that, it’s just going to grow,” he said. “It’s just going to continue to be acceptable, mainstream, not something that people are going to freak out about.”

Baylor University spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said officials estimated 300 to 350 faculty, staff and administrators attended the walk.

Graduate student Kristiana Baez, 26, said anyone who experiences this type of violence needs to know they have a support system.