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October 19, 2013

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Baylor is the nation's most productive offense, with 715 total yards and 63 points a game.

And those are updated numbers after being held to 451 yards and having to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win 35-25 at Kansas State. That was 241 yards and 34 points below the Bears' previous season-low totals.

That game at K-State was the Bears' first on the road, and they passed the test.

"I definitely think that it was a confidence booster," said running back Glasco Martin, whose late TD run clinched the win over K-State. "Just to see our team come together and mature was really a big thing for us that we could step up and win on the road."

Now the Bears are back at Floyd Casey Stadium, where they have averaged 779.5 yards and 70.5 points in four games this season. They have won 16 of their past 17 home games, and nine in a row overall.

Even so, Rhoads wasn't tempted to watch only the K-State film to see what the Wildcats did to slow down Baylor.

"You've got to look at the whole body of work," Rhoads said. "Everywhere you look, they deserve their No. 12 ranking in the country."

Illini defense faces test

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown says No. 25 Wisconsin's offense has it all.

Big offensive line, a pair of big-game backs and a passing game that can make a defense loosened up by the run game pay.

"As a linebacker, you dream of playing games like this in the Big Ten," said Brown, who grew up in SEC country in Memphis, Tenn. "They might be one of the gold standards for running the ball in the country."

But when the Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) come to Illinois tonight, there are two things they'll be missing: a road win and first place in the Big Ten's Leaders Division. One of their losses was at division leader Ohio State.

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