American Football Database
American Football Database
1961 Baylor Bears football
Gotham Bowl champion
Gotham Bowl, W 24–9 vs. Utah State
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1961 record6–5 (2–5 SWC)
Head coachJohn Bridgers (3rd season)
CaptainRonald Stanley
Bill Hicks
Bobby Lane
Home stadiumBaylor Stadium
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Template:1961 Southwest Conference football standings The 1961 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University during the 1961 college football season.[1] The Bears were led by third-year head coach John Bridgers and played their home games at Baylor Stadium in Waco, Texas. They competed as members of the Southwest Conference, finishing in sixth with a regular season record of 5–5 (2–5 SWC). Baylor was invited to the first Gotham Bowl, where they beat the previously-undefeated Utah State Aggies, 24–9.


September 23Wake Forest*
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, TX
W 31–028,000
September 30at Pittsburgh*W 16–1341,194
October 14ArkansasNo. 9
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, TX
L 13–2334,000
October 21at Texas Tech
L 17–1932,500
October 28at Texas A&M
L 0–2329,000
November 4TCUdagger
W 28–1423,000
November 11at No. 1 TexasL 7–3362,000
November 18Air Force*
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, TX
W 31–722,000
November 25SMU
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, TX
W 31–617,000
December 2at No. 17 RiceL 14–2630,000
December 9vs. No. 10 Utah State*W 24–915,123
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game