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1979 Baylor Bears football
Peach Bowl champion
Peach Bowl, W 24–18 vs. Clemson
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 14
1979 record8–4 (5–3 SWC)
Head coachGrant Teaff (8th season)
Home stadiumFloyd Casey Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Southwest Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Houston § 7 1 0     11 1 0
#8 Arkansas § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
#14 Baylor 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     6 5 0
SMU 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas Tech 2 5 1     3 6 2
TCU 1 6 1     2 8 1
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bears finished the regular season fourth in the Southwest Conference. A win over Clemson in the Peach Bowl capped the season.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 8Lamar*W 20–725,000
September 15Texas A&M
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 17–748,500
September 22at No. 2 Alabama*L 0–4577,512
September 29Texas Tech
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 27–1735,800
October 6at No. 6 HoustonL 10–1337,142
October 13at SMUW 24–2165,101
October 20at Army*W 55–032,591
October 27TCUdagger
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 16–336,250
November 10at No. 9 ArkansasNo. 17L 20–2943,284
November 17RiceNo. 20
  • Baylor Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 45–1428,500
November 24at No. 6 TexasNo. 17L 0–1363,288
December 31vs. No. 18 Clemson*No. 19W 24–1857,321
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

Peach BowlEdit

#19 Baylor vs. #17 Clemson
by Quarter1234 Total
Baylor 0 14 10 0 24
Clemson 7 0 3 8 18

Freshman DB Kyle Woods, who injured his neck in preseason practice, spoke to the team before the game and was on the sidelines in wheelchair as team wore No. 23 towels as tribute.[1]

RosterEdit

1979 Baylor Bears football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 34 Abercrombie, WalterWalter Abercrombie So
OL 57 Barnes, RonRon Barnes Sr
T 54 Bishop, KeithKeith Bishop Sr
QB 7 Brannan, MikeMike Brannan Fr
TE 80 Cockrell, RaymondRaymond Cockrell Jr
G 60 Ditta, FrankFrank Ditta Jr
RB 3 Gentry, DennisDennis Gentry So
G 79 Glass, BillBill Glass Sr
WR 17 Holt, RobertRobert Holt Jr
TE 86 Houston, SamSam Houston Fr
T 72 Jones, BrentBrent Jones Sr
C 58 Nelson, BuzzyBuzzy Nelson So
FB 30 Pollard, FrankFrank Pollard Sr
WR 5 Taylor, BoBo Taylor Sr
T 51 Thompson, ArlandArland Thompson Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 90 Brown, ThomasThomas Brown Sr
DL 78 Campbell, JoeJoe Campbell Jr
DB 42 Collins, KirkKirk Collins Sr
LB 53 Hurst, PaulPaul Hurst Sr
LB 46 Field, DoakDoak Field Jr
CB 44 Fields, HowardHoward Fields Sr
SS 16 McElroy, VannVann McElroy So
DE 89 Melontree, AndrewAndrew Melontree Sr
LB 63 Singletary, MikeMike Singletary Jr
LB 49 Ward, LesterLester Ward Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
William Glass Guard 4 86 Cincinnati Bengals
Arland Thompson Guard 4 103 Chicago Bears
Keith Bishop Guard 6 157 Denver Broncos
Andrew Melontree Linebacker 6 159 Cincinnati Bengals
Gary Don Johnson Defensive tackle 7 168 Cincinnati Bengals
Kirk Collins Defensive back 7 176 Los Angeles Rams
Thomas Brown Defensive end 11 302 Philadelphia Eagles
Frank Pollard Running back11 305 Pittsburgh Steelers
Howard Fields Defensive back 12 329 Philadelphia Eagles
Bo Taylor Running back Tampa Bay
[2]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Injured player spurs Baylor to Peach win." Eugene Register-Guard. pg. 18. 1980 January 1.
  2. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1980.htm
  3. "Archived copy". http://www.hickoksports.com/history/obriena.shtml.
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