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Baylor Bears football (1980–1989) was a football organization that represented Baylor University during the 1980s.

1980[edit]

1980 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Southwest Conference Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic, L, vs. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2–30
Conference Southwest Conference
1980 record 10-2 ( SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »

The 1980 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1980 NCAA college 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 to that point (Baylor would finally match that total during its 2011 season). 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 would not suffer another shutout for 24 years, which was one of the longest anti-shutout streaks in college football history.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 13 at Lamar* Provost Umphrey StadiumBeaumont, TX W 42–7   18,500
September 20 West Texas State* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 43–15   25,000
September 27 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 11–3   48,539
October 4 Houston #20 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 24–12   40,000
October 11 #20 SMU #18 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 32–28   35,000
October 18 at Texas A&M #13 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX W 46–7   69,735
October 25 at TCU #11 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 21–6   22,385
November 1 San Jose State* #10 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 22–30   35,000
November 8 Arkansasdagger #16 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 42–15   46,000
November 15 at Rice #12 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 16–6   26,000
November 22 #20 Texas #11 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 16–0   48,500
January 1 vs. #9 Alabama* #6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 2–30   74,281
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Texas Tech[edit]

Baylor at Texas Tech
1 2 Total
Baylor 4 7 11
Texas Tech 0 3 3
  • Source: Palm Beach Post

Baylor's first win in Lubbock since 1966.


Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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 honors[edit]

1981[edit]

1981 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1981 record 5-6 (3-5 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »

The 1981 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the 1981 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season sixth in the Southwest Conference. In the Battle of the Brazos, the Bears beat Texas A&M for the fourth consecutive season. It was the longest winning streak the Bears had in the rivalry.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5 Lamar* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 17–18   22,000
September 12 Bowling Green* Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 38–0   20,000
September 19 at Louisiana Tech* Independence StadiumShreveport, LA W 28–21   21,000
September 26 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 28–15   40,000
October 3 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 3–24   28,118
October 10 at #14 SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 20–37   33,110
October 17 Texas A&M Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 19–17   45,000
October 24 TCUdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 34–21   40,000
November 7 at #19 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR L 39–41   54,560
November 14 Rice Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 14–17   30,000
November 21 at #8 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 12–34   72,806
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1982[edit]

1982 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1982 record 4-6-1 (3-4-1 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »

The 1982 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the 1982 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season fifth in the Southwest Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 4 North Texas State* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 21–17   24,000
September 11 at #14 Ohio State* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–21   88,622
September 25 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 24–23   46,049
October 2 Houston Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX T 21–21   31,750
October 9 #6 SMU Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 19–22   30,000
October 16 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 23–28   64,017
October 23 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 14–38   23,811
October 30 at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 15–30   23,463
November 6 #5 Arkansasdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 24–17   42,000
November 13 at Rice Owls football Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 35–13   12,000
November 20 #17 Texas Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 23–31   38,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Walter Abercrombie 1st round Pittsburg Steelers. Dennis Gentry 4th round Chicago Bears.

1983[edit]

1983 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Bluebonnet Bowl, L, vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 14–24
Conference Southwest Conference
1983 record 7-4-1 (4-3-1 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »

The 1983 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1983 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season third in the Southwest Conference. They lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Bluebonnet Bowl, 14-24.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 BYU* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 40–36   32,500
September 17 at UTEP* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 20–6   25,709
September 24 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 11–26   38,000
October 1 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 42–21   26,640
October 8 at #13 SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 26–42   45,025
October 15 Texas A&M Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX T 13–13   40,000
October 22 TCUdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 56–21   35,876
October 29 Tulane* Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 24–18   20,050
November 5 at Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 24–21   44,820
November 12 Rice Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 48–14   26,500
November 19 at #2 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 21–24   76,208
December 31 vs. Oklahoma State* #20 Astrodome • Houston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) L 14–24   50,090
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1984[edit]

1984 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1984 record 5-6 (4-4 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »

The 1984 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1984 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season sixth in the Southwest Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 at #13 BYU* Cougar StadiumProvo, UT L 13–47   63,705
September 22 at #11 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 15–34   75,018
September 29 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 18–9   41,328
October 6 Houston Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 17–27   34,500
October 13 #7 SMU Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 20–24   26,400
October 20 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX W 20–16   54,618
October 27 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 28–38   23,885
November 3 New Mexico* Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 38–2   26,000
November 10 Arkansasdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 9–14   43,500
November 17 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 46–40   11,125
November 24 #6 Texas Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 24–10   33,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1985[edit]

1985 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Liberty Bowl Champions
Liberty Bowl, W, vs. LSU Tigers, 21–7
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #17
1985 record 9-3 (6-2 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Floyd Casey Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »

The 1985 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1985 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season second in the Southwest Conference to Texas A&M, although Baylor won the head-to-head matchup with the Aggies that season. (Baylor would not beat the Aggies head-to-head again until 2004; there was one tie during that period.) A highlight of BU's season included a win at USC in week three when the Trojans were ranked in the Top 5.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 7 Wyoming* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 39–18   32,000
September 14 at #18 Georgia* Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 14–17   77,190
September 21 at #3 USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 20–13   52,544
September 28 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 31–0   36,500
October 5 at Houston #19 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 24–21   25,787
October 12 at #16 SMU #19 Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 21–14   42,112
October 19 Texas A&M #14 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 20–15   48,756
October 26 TCUdagger #13 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 45–0   42,500
November 9 at #10 Arkansas #8 [War Memorial Stadium] • Little Rock, AR L 14–20   54,684
November 16 Rice #17 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 34–10   30,250
November 23 at Texas #15 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 10–17   78,912
December 27 vs. LSU* Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) W 21–7   40,186
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1986[edit]

1986 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Bluebonnet Bowl Champions
Bluebonnet Bowl, W, vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 21–9
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #12
1986 record 9-3 (6-2 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »

The 1986 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1986 NCAA college football season. The Bears offense scored 325 points, while the Bears defense allowed 207 points. The Bears finished the season second in the Southwest Conference. In the Battle of the Brazos, Texas Football magazine voted the 1986 football game between Baylor and Texas A&M the outstanding game of the Southwest Conference of the 1980s. Texas A&M overcame a 17-0 deficit, and won the game 31-30 to advance to the Cotton Bowl Classic.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 6 at Wyoming* #12 War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 31–28   20,542
September 13 Louisiana Tech* #12 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 38–7   31,000
September 20 USC* #9 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 14–17   35,000
September 27 at Texas Tech #17 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 45–14   41,046
October 4 Houston #13 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 27–13   34,000
October 11 #20 SMU #20 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 21–27   36,900
October 18 at #11 Texas A&M #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 30–31   74,739
October 25 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 28–17   24,101
November 8 #10 Arkansasdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 29–14   44,500
November 15 at Rice #18 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 23–17   12,500
November 22 Texas #17 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 18–13   42,500
December 31 vs. Colorado* #14 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 21–9   40,470
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Ron Francis Defensive Back 2 39 Dallas Cowboys
Ray Berry Linebacker 2 44 Minnesota Vikings
Cody Carlson Quarterback 3 64 Houston Oilers
Thomas Everett Defensive Back 4 94 Pittsburgh Steelers
John Adickes Center 6 154 Chicago Bears
Johnny Thomas Defensive Back 7 192 Washington Redskins

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1987[edit]

1987 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1987 record 6-5 (3-4 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

The 1987 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1987 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season fifth in the Southwest Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5 Louisiana Tech* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 13–3   22,535
September 12 at Missouri* Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO L 18–23   37,172
September 19 at UNLV* Sam Boyd Silver BowlParadise, NV W 21–14   27,128
September 26 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 36–22   34,816
October 3 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 30–18   22,751
October 10 SW Texas State* Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 36–15   21,739
October 17 Texas A&M Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 10–34   46,812
October 24 TCU Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 0–24   36,138
November 7 at Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 7–10   51,496
November 14 Rice Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 34–31   20,075
November 21 at Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 16–34   61,331
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Joel Porter Guard 10 273 Chicago Bears

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1988[edit]

1988 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1988 record 6-5 (2-5 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Floyd Casey Stadium
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »

The 1988 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1988 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season fourth in the Southwest Conference. Baylor Stadium's name was officially changed to Floyd Casey Stadium during halftime of the homecoming game against Arkansas, November 5.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3 UNLV* Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 27–3   25,610
September 10 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 27–14   43,200
September 17 at Iowa State* Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA W 35–0   43,913
September 24 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 6–36   45,385
October 1 Houston Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX L 24–27   34,719
October 8 Texas State* Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 45–7   22,473
October 15 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 14–28   67,884
October 22 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 14–24   25,221
November 5 #11 Arkansasdagger Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX L 3–33   40,148
November 12 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 20–10   13,200
November 19 Texas Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX W 17–14   30,142
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Ray Crockett Defensive Back 4 86 Detroit Lions
John Simpson Wide Receiver 10 277 Chicago Bears

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1989[edit]

1989 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Conference Southwest Conference
1989 record 5-6 (4-4 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff
Home stadium Floyd Casey Stadium
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »

The 1989 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1989 NCAA college football season. The Bears finished the season fourth in the Southwest Conference. In the season's final game, Baylor defeated Texas by the score of 50 to 7. It was BU's seventh-ever victory in Austin and the first there since 1951.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 at #8 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 7–33   74,600
September 16 at Georgia* Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 3–15   82,007
September 23 Kansas* Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 46–3   26,765
September 30 Texas Tech Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX W 29–15   38,785
October 7 at #12 Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 10–66   31,433
October 14 at Southern Methodist Ownby StadiumDallas, TX W 49–3   21,434
October 21 #23 Texas A&M Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX L 11–14   45,565
October 28 Texas Christiandagger Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX W 27–9   35,713
November 11 at #10 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 10–19   51,352
November 18 Rice Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX L 3–6   22,133
November 25 at Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 50–7   49,081
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Team Players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
James Francis Linebacker 1 12 Cincinnati Bengals
Robert Blackmon Defensive Back 2 34 Seattle Seahawks

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References[edit]