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1980 Baylor Bears football
Southwest Conference champion
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 14
1980 record10–2 (8–0 SWC)
Head coachGrant Teaff (9th season)
Home stadiumBaylor Stadium
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Southwest Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Baylor 8 0 0     10 2 0
#20 SMU 5 3 0     8 4 0
Houston 5 3 0     7 5 0
Texas 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arkansas 3 5 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 1     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bears finished the season first in the Southwest Conference. During Mike Singletary's senior season of 1980, Baylor won 10 games for the only time in school history. Throughout his Baylor career, Singletary averaged 15 tackles per game. After Baylor's 16–0 victory over Texas in the regular season finale, the Longhorns did not suffer another shutout for 24 years, which was one of the longest non-shutout streaks in college football history.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 13at Lamar*W 42–718,500
September 20West Texas State*W 43–1525,000
September 27at Texas TechW 11–348,539
October 4HoustonNo. 20
W 24–1240,000
October 11No. 20 SMUNo. 18
W 32–2835,000
October 18at Texas A&MNo. 13W 46–769,735
October 25at TCUNo. 11W 21–622,385
November 1San Jose State*No. 10
L 22–3035,000
November 8ArkansasdaggerNo. 16
W 42–1546,000
November 15at RiceNo. 12W 16–626,000
November 22No. 20 TexasNo. 11
W 16–048,500
January 1vs. No. 9 Alabama*No. 6L 2–3074,281
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

Texas TechEdit

Baylor at Texas Tech
by Quarter1234 Total
Baylor 4 7 0 0 11
Texas Tech 0 3 0 0 3
  • Source: Palm Beach Post

Baylor's first win in Lubbock since 1966.

RosterEdit

1980 Baylor Bears football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 34 Abercrombie, WalterWalter Abercrombie Jr
QB 7 Brannan, MikeMike Brannan So
TE 80 Cockrell, RaymondRaymond Cockrell Sr
G 60 Ditta, FrankFrank Ditta Sr
RB 3 Gentry, DennisDennis Gentry Jr
WR 17 Holt, RobertRobert Holt Sr
TE 86 Houston, SamSam Houston So
C 58 Nelson, BuzzyBuzzy Nelson Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 78 Campbell, JoeJoe Campbell Sr
LB 46 Field, DoakDoak Field Sr
SS 16 McElroy, VannVann McElroy Jr
LB 63 Singletary, MikeMike Singletary Sr
LB 49 Ward, LesterLester Ward Sr
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
Mike Singletary Linebacker 2 38 Chicago Bears
Robert Holt Wide receiver 6 161 Buffalo Bills
Doak Field Linebacker 7 192 Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Fisher Wide receiver 8 198 St. Louis Cardinals
Frank Ditta Guard 9 232 Chicago Bears
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Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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