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2008 Baylor Bears football
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2008 record4–8 (2–6 Big 12)
Head coachArt Briles (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorRandy Clements (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorPhilip Montgomery (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrian Norwood (1st season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainGame captains
Home stadiumFloyd Casey Stadium
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →

The 2008 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach Art Briles in his first year in the position. They played their home games at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.

PreseasonEdit

Two Baylor players, linebacker Joe Pawelek and defensive back Jordan Lake, made the preseason All-Big 12 team.[1] Pawelek made at least 86 tackles in each of the previous two seasons, while Lake posted 120 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles, and recovered two in 2007. Lake was Baylor's only all-Big 12 postseason selection in 2007.[2]

The Bears returned 15 starters, including 9 on offense, and 6 on defense.[3]

In their preseason countdown, Rivals.com ranked the Bears' 2008 squad 92nd out of all 120 Division I FBS teams.[2] The official Big 12 media preseason poll picked the Bears to finish last in the Big 12 South.[4]

Coaching staffEdit

2008 Big 12 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#19 Missouri xy   5 3         10 4  
Nebraska x   5 3         9 4  
Kansas   4 4         8 5  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas State   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
#5 Oklahoma xy   7 1         12 2  
#4 Texas x   7 1         12 1  
#12 Texas Tech x   7 1         11 2  
#16 Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Baylor   2 6         4 8  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  

Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 PMNo. 23 Wake Forest*FSNL 13–4130,633
September 66:00 PMNorthwestern State*
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 51–636,258
September 127:30 PMWashington State*
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
W 45–1725,595
September 1911:00 PMat Connecticut*ESPN2L 28–3138,870
October 411:30 AMNo. 1 Oklahoma
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
FSNL 14–4937,145
October 116:00 PMIowa State
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
FCSW 38–1030,528
October 182:00 PMat No. 10 Oklahoma StateL 6–3450,080
October 2511:30 AMat NebraskaVersusL 20–3285,104
November 13:00 PMNo. 14 Missouridagger
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
L 28–3135,142
November 811:00 AMat No. 7 TexasFSNL 21–4597,715
November 153:05 PMTexas A&M
W 41–2143,549
November 292:30 PMat No. 7 Texas TechVersusL 28–3553,470

[5][6]

Game summariesEdit

Washington StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Washington State 7 7 0 3 17
Baylor 14 14 7 10 45

[7]

PostseasonEdit

Three Baylor players—Jason Smith, Jordan Lake, and Joe Pawelek—made the All-Big 12 first team. Derek Epperson and Dan Gay received honorable mention, while Robert Griffin III was named Offensive Freshman of the Year. Griffin became Baylor's second Big 12 individual award winner, joining Daniel Sepulveda, who won Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006.[8]

ReferencesEdit

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