1901 Baylor football
ConferenceIndependent
1901 record5–3
Head coachW. R. Ritchie (1st season)
Seasons
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The 1901 Baylor football team was an American football team that represented Baylor University as an independent during the 1901 college football season. In its first season under head coach W. R. Ritchie the team compiled a 5–3 record and played its home games in Waco, Texas. During the 1901 season, Baylor played its first games in what became rivalries with the Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs. TCU, known as Add–Ran University until 1902, was located in Waco from 1895 to 1910 and was one of Baylor's greatest football rivals until the dissolution of the Southwest Conference in 1995.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultSource
October 5 4:00 p.m. at [[{{{school}}}|St. Edward's]] Waco, TXW 23–0 [1]
October 11 vs. Texas A&M
W 17–6[2]
October 21 4:00 p.m. Oklahoma Waco, TX L 6–17[3]
October 29 Texas Waco, TX L 0–23[4]
November 54:10 p.m.at Texas A&M
L 0–6[5]
November 23 Add-Ran Waco, TX W 39–0[6][7]
November 28 Texas A&M Waco, TX W 47–0[8]
unknown Add–Ran Waco, TX W 42–9

Season summary[edit | edit source]

On July 18, Baylor announced that it had found its next coach: W.J. Ritchie, from Athens, Georgia.

Oct. 11 vs. Texas A&M[edit | edit source]

Playing at the State Fair of Texas, Baylor and A&M drew a crowd of 2,000 spectators. The game was delayed by an argument between the teams over the eligibility of a player. A verbal agreement had been made to allow only students who had attended classes at the respective university at least ten days prior, but Schultz, a fullback for A&M, had not attended until two to three days prior, allegedly due to ill parents. Not believing the excuse, Baylor eventually prevailed in both the argument and the game, which ended in another squabble about the timekeepers' timekeeping.

Nov. 5 vs. Texas A&M[edit | edit source]

Meeting for a second time in the season, Baylor and A&M celebrated the first annual Central Texas Fair, located in Bryan, Texas, on its College Day with a football game in which A&M handily defeated the Baylor team.

Nov. 23 vs. Add-Ran[edit | edit source]

Competing for the local championship, Baylor clearly outclassed their opponents and led in the first half by a comfortable 23–0 margin.

Nov. 28 vs. Texas A&M[edit | edit source]

In what appeared to be the state's last collegiate football game day of the season, the game was called "the most interesting ever played on a Waco gridiron, because of the sensational clean and fast plays." Having split the first two meetings of the season, both Baylor and the A.&M.'s were seeking the tiebreaking victory; A&M mistakenly contracted to play both the University of Texas and Baylor on the same day, and so split the team.[9] A&M brought a large delegation of fans with its team by train but was disappointed with a 47-point shutout loss. The Baylor boys spent the evening at a reception at the Young Ladies' Boarding Hall.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "First Football Game: Baylor Had an Easy Thing in St. Edwards". Houston Daily Post: p. 5. October 5, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700397/first_football_game_baylor_had_an_easy/.
  2. "Baylor Eleven Defeated A. and M. Football Team At Dallas". The Austin Daily Statesman: p. 8. October 12, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700515/baylor_eleven_defeated_a_and_m/.
  3. "Oklahoma 17, Baylor 6". The St. Louis Republic: p. 5. October 22, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700115/oklahoma_17_baylor_6/.
  4. "'Varsity, 23; Baylor, 0". The San Antonio Daily Express: p. 8. October 30, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700242/varsity_23_baylor_0/.
  5. "The Football Game: A. and M. Wins From Baylor --- Score 6 to 0". Bryan Morning Eagle: p. 6. November 6, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700969/the_football_game_a_and_m_wins_from/.
  6. "Baylor Won Victory: The Baylor Team Defeated the Add-Ran University Eleven". Austin Daily Statesman: p. 13. November 24, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29689045/baylor_won_victory_the_baylor_team/.
  7. "Baylor Defeated Add-Ran". Houston Daily Post: p. 2. November 24, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29689236/baylor_defeated_addran/.
  8. "The Baylor College Team Badly Defeated The A. and M. College". Austin Daily Statesman: p. 5. November 29, 1901. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29700753/the_baylor_college_team_badly_defeated/.
  9. The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-11-30). "A. & M. easy". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). http://contentdm.baylor.edu/u?/24lariat,405. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
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