|Baylor Bears football|
|Athletic director||Ian McCaw|
|Head coach||Art Briles|
|Home stadium||Floyd Casey Stadium|
|Stadium surface||Synthetic Turf|
|Postseason bowl record||8–9|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Fight song||Old Fite|
|Marching band||The Golden Wave Band|
|Rivals||Texas Christian University|
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Baylor Bears football team represents Baylor University in Division I FBS college football. They are a member of the Big 12 Conference. The team plays its home games at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.
Baylor University's football team has seen a wide variation in its success through the years, from a 3–0 record in 1900 to a 0–10 record in 1969. Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor has had by far the worst conference record of any Big 12 member, having won only 18 games in 15 years of play.
Baylor has many traditions such as the Battle of the Brazos rivalry, the world's first homecoming in 1909, neutral site games at The State Fair of Texas, membership in the historic Southwest Conference, a live bear mascot since 1915 and the Baylor Line. Baylor won the SWC Championship in 1922 and then again in 1924. In 1956 Baylor came close to the SWC title again but came in second and was sent to face the #2 Tennessee Volunteers in the 1957 Sugar Bowl. Baylor defeated Johnny Majors and the #2 Volunteers 13-7. This remains the highest ranked opponent Baylor has ever defeated. The 1924 SWC Championship would be the last for 50 years until Baylor won it all again in 1974 under the leadership of third year head coach Grant Teaff--who was named national coach of the year that year. Teaff would go on to serve until 1992 leading Baylor to 8 bowl games and two conference championships (1974, 1980) in his 21 years as coach.
Miracle on the Brazos
The 1974 SWC Championship season was the most memorable in school history. Baylor had finished in last place in 1973 and had not won the conference in 50 years. Furthermore, coming into the '74 season Baylor had lost 16 consecutive seasons to the University of Texas Longhorns. BU not only won the conference title but defeated the Longhorns, which marked the first time in seven seasons that Texas did not win the SWC. The '74 BU season is dubbed the "Miracle on the Brazos".
Although finishing with only a 2-6 Big 12 Conference record, the season was still an improvement over 2007's winless 0-8 conference record. The season was highlighted by a non-conference win over Washington St in convincing fashion 45-17, a 38-10 win over Iowa St in Big12 conference play, a 41-21 win over rival Texas A&M, and the emergence of freshman QB Robert Griffin III.
The 2009 season was highlighted by a non-conference road win against Wake Forest, a road win against two-time defending Big 12 North champions Missouri 40-32, two games that were televised on ABC television. The season fell short of Bears' fans expectations however when starting QB Robert Griffin III was injured in the 3rd game of the year and Baylor finished the season with a 1-7 Big 12 Conference record and a 4-8 overall record.
The 2010 season was a breakthrough for the Baylor Bears as they earned an invitiation to the Texas Bowl in Houston after finishing the regular season with a 7-5 record. Baylor subsequently lost the Texas Bowl 38-14 to Illinois. In the regular season, The Bears were pounded by TCU 45-10 in a blowout loss, but victories included Big12 conference wins over Kansas 55-7 and Kansas St 47-42, as well as road wins over Colorado and Texas. The team was also ranked in the national top 25 for the first time in 30 years.
The Baylor Bears have played their home games at Floyd Casey Stadium, then known as Baylor Stadium, since the facility opened in 1950. Floyd Casey Stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000 and has undergone mulitple renovations, most recently in 2005. The Bears, along with the UTSA Roadrunners, are only Division I football teams in Texas to play their games at an off-campus stadium. Prior to the Bears' time at Floyd Casey Stadium, the Bears played at Municipal Stadium (1936–1949), Cotton Palace (1926–1929), and Carroll Field (1906–1925, and 1930–1935). As of the 2011 season, Carroll Field has been the only on-campus home field for the Bears. Baylor University has announced plans for a new on-campus stadium on the north bank of the Brazos River.
Baylor has five Southwest Conference championships. Baylor also won the 1915 Southwest Conference championship, but the title was forfeited voluntarily after Baylor discovered that a transfer player was ineligible to have played.
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach||Conference|
|1922||8-3||5-0||Frank Bridges||Southwest Conference|
|1924||7-2-1||4-0-1||Frank Bridges||Southwest Conference|
|1974||8-4||6-1||Grant Teaff||Southwest Conference|
|1980||10-2||8-0||Grant Teaff||Southwest Conference|
|1994†||7-5||4-3||Chuck Reedy||Southwest Conference|
† Denotes shared title
Baylor has appeared in 5 New Year's Day bowl games and 5 major bowl games.
|1948||January 1, 1949||Dixie Bowl||Wake Forest||W 20-7|
|1951||January 1, 1952||Orange Bowl||Georgia Tech||L 14-17|
|1954||December 31, 1954||Gator Bowl||Auburn||L 13-33|
|1956||January 1, 1957||Sugar Bowl||Tennessee||W 13-7|
|1960||December 31, 1960||Gator Bowl||Florida||W 13-12|
|1961||December 9, 1961||Gotham Bowl||Utah State||W 24-9|
|1963||December 31, 1963||Bluebonnet Bowl||LSU||W 14-7|
|1974||January 1, 1975||Cotton Bowl Classic||Penn State||L 41-20|
|1979||December 31, 1979||Peach Bowl||Clemson||W 24-18|
|1980||January 1, 1981||Cotton Bowl Classic||Alabama||L 30-2|
|1983||December 31, 1983||Bluebonnet Bowl||Oklahoma State||L 14-24|
|1985||December 27, 1985||Liberty Bowl||LSU||W 21-7|
|1986||December 31, 1986||Bluebonnet Bowl||Colorado||W 21-9|
|1991||December 31, 1991||Copper Bowl||Indiana||L 0-24|
|1992||December 31, 1992||John Hancock Bowl||Arizona||W 20-15|
|1994||December 31, 1994||Alamo Bowl||Washington State||L 3-10|
|2010||December 29, 2010||Texas Bowl||Illinois||L 14-38|
College Football Hall of Famers
Two Baylor coaches and six Baylor players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Morley Jennings - Head Coach (1926–1940)
Barton Koch - G (1927–1930)
Hayden Fry - QB (1947–1950)
Jim Ray Smith - T (1950–1953)
Bill Glass - DE (1954–1956)
Larry Elkins - WR (1963–1964)
Grant Teaff - Head Coach (1972–1992)
Mike Singletary - LB (1977–1980)
Thomas Everett - FS (1985–1987)
Texas A&M is one of Baylor's rival as the series dates from 1899 and the two schools are located 90 miles apart on the Brazos River. Texas A&M holds a 68-31-9 lead in football victories in the Battle of the Brazos. The competitive peak of the series was from 1960-1990 when Baylor won 13 games, A&M won 16 games and 2 games ended in ties. During that time 18 of the games were decided by 7 points or less. Last Meeting: 55-28 ATM
The Baylor Bears are Texas Tech's most played opponent with 68 meetings between the teams. Dating back to 1929, the series is 35-32-1 in favor of Texas Tech. Since 2009, the Bears have played Texas Tech on a neutral field the Saturday after Thanksgiving (with the exception of the 2010 game which was played at the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas). The series between the Bears and Red Raiders will continue to be played on Thanksgiving Weekend.Baylor beat Texas Tech 66-42 at Cowboy stadium in the 2011 matchup. This was Baylor's first victory over Tech since the Big 12 rivalry began in 1995
Baylor's rivalry with TCU is one of the most played in all of college football. Dating back to 1899, the series record is 50-50-7. The series began while TCU was located in Waco, Texas as a cross-town rivalry with Baylor. Due to their close proximity 23 games were played between 1899 and 1910. A fire in 1910 destroyed the Main Building on the TCU campus and financial incentives from the city of Fort Worth convinced the Board of Trustees to relocate the university to that city. There was a ten year break in the series when the dissolution of the Southwest Conference in 1995 resulted in the two universities joining separate athletic conferences. The series resumed in Waco for Baylor's 2006 home opener. The two schools concluded a home-and-home series in 2007, and have continued their rivalry in Fort Worth in 2010 and Waco in 2011. TCU fans have long held a deep resentment for Baylor getting into the Big 12 Conference ahead of TCU in 1996. This resentment is due to the wide spread, and false, rumor that influence from then-Texas governor Ann Richards was the reason. Both schools will return to being conference mates and yearly football games when TCU joins the Big XII in July 2012.
Last meeting: 2011, Baylor 50 – TCU 48
Logos and uniforms
- Don Trull, 1962
- Don Trull, 1963
- Grant Teaff, 1974
- Mike Singletary, 1979
- Mike Singletary, 1980
- Thomas Everett, 1986
- Daniel Sepulveda, 2004
- Daniel Sepulveda, 2006
- Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
- Grant Teaff, 1974
- Grant Teaff, 1978
- Southwest Conference Player of the Year
- Heisman Trophy
Robert Griffin III 2012
Bears in the NFL
- Matt Bryant, PK, Atlanta Falcons
- Jason Smith, OL, St. Louis Rams
- Mike Singletary, linebackers coach/Assistant head coach, Minnesota Vikings
- Daniel Sepulveda, P, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Justin Snow, C, Indianapolis Colts
- J.D. Walton, C, Denver Broncos
- David Gettis, WR, Carolina Panthers
- Danny Watkins, G, Philadelphia Eagles
- Phil Taylor, DT, Cleveland Browns
- Mikail Baker, DB, St. Louis Rams (Injured Reserve)
- Jon Weeks, LS, Houston Texans
- Baylor University football, 1899–1914
- Baylor Bears football (1970–1979)
- Baylor Bears football (1980–1989)
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