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South End Zone Tarp Pulled For No. 5 Baylor's Nov. 7 Showdown vs. No. 10 Oklahoma

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Waco, Texas – Eight days before fifth-ranked Baylor's nationally-televised (FS1) showdown vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, the demand for tickets to arguably one of the biggest football games ever played in Waco has forced school officials to open the south end zone area at Floyd Casey Stadium for general admission seating, school officials announced today.

"We are excited to pull the tarp for the Oklahoma game and look forward to an outstanding crowd for this key match-up," said Baylor Executive Associate A.D./External Affairs Nick Joos. "We have been consistent in saying that when we had the demand, we would pull the tarp, and we clearly have it for the last two Baylor games ever at Floyd Casey Stadium. This is a tribute to Coach Briles, his staff and student-athletes and the season they are enjoying, as well as two outstanding opponents that we will be closing to close the Case."

With the exception of tickets being held for Baylor students, who will begin their ticket pick-up Thursday morning, all reserved seats have been sold for the Oklahoma game. South end zone general admission tickets for the OU game are priced at $38 for adults and $28 for youths (age 2-18) and may be purchased at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office in-person, over the phone by calling 254-710-1000 or on-line at baylorbears.com/tickets.

All Baylor fans attending the Oklahoma game are encouraged to wear black, as the Bears will wear all black uniforms with black helmets. A special black Baylor Football t-shirt is available at both the Baylor Bookstore and on-line, and fans are encouraged to spread the word using the hash tag #EveryoneInBlack.

In its 64th and final season of play at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor has averaged 43,875 fans for its first five home games of the 2013 season, which is more than 2,500 ahead of the 2011 school-record average of 41,368. With all reserved seating sold-out for the OU game and all seats, including the south end zone area, sold for the Dec. 7 finale against Texas, Baylor is assured of breaking both its per-game and total home attendance records.

The Oklahoma game will mark only the 11th time both Baylor and its opponent have been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 at kick off for a game played in Waco, the last of which came in 2011 when the 25th-ranked Bears beat the fifth-ranked Sooners, 45-38. All-time, Baylor is 5-5 when ranked and hosting a rated opponent in Waco.

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