Baylor–TCU football rivalry
|Baylor–TCU football rivalry|
|Series record||Tied, 51–51–7|
|First meeting||October 27, 1899
|Last meeting||November 30, 2013
First contested in 1899, the rivalry is one of the oldest and most often played series in the history of college football. The two schools, at one time, shared Waco, Texas as home and are now only separated by the approximate 90 miles between Waco and Fort Worth. Baylor was chartered in 1845 by The Republic of Texas and founded as a Baptist institution in the same year with its original location in Independence, Texas. However, Baylor permanently moved to Waco in 1885. TCU was founded in 1873 in Thorp Spring by the Disciples of Christ and also relocated to Waco, but ten years after Baylor in 1895. TCU, formerly named AddRan Christian University until 1902, subsequently relocated to Fort Worth in 1910 after a fire destroyed its main administration building. From 1895–1910, while Baylor and TCU were both located in Waco, the two schools began playing football in 1899.
During their Waco years, Baylor and TCU played multiple games in many seasons which provided several opportunities for them to showcase the contests to the community and the fans and student bodies of the respective schools. In the early years of the rivalry, TCU and Baylor did not play as conference members. Like most schools of that era, Baylor was independent until becoming a founding member of the Southwest Conference (SWC) in 1915. TCU later joined the SWC in 1923, having been independent (1896–1913 and 1921–22) and a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1914–20). After TCU joined, Baylor and TCU played 69 times as SWC members until its last season in 1995. After a 10-year break, Baylor and TCU renewed the rivalry in 2006. Subsequently, TCU became a member of the Big 12 Conference in 2012.
Baylor currently leads the series in games played in Waco 33–30–5. TCU leads the series in games played in Fort Worth 21–18–1. A neutral site game was played in Dallas in 1925 which ended in a 7–7 tie.
The Bears have used several playing sites throughout the rivalry. No records are available to prove where Baylor hosted home games prior to 1902. From 1902–25, Baylor hosted most of their home games at Carroll Field, an on-campus facility, and at Waco's old Cotton Palace. Baylor played at the Cotton Palace from 1926–29 before returning to Carroll Field from 1930–35. The Bears moved off the main campus in 1936 when it began calling the newly built Waco Stadium home. Waco Stadium was later renamed Municipal Stadium in 1942, and it was where Baylor played through 1949. From 1950 to 2013, games took place at Baylor Stadium (renamed Floyd Casey Stadium in 1989). Starting in 2014, games will take place in a new stadium adjacent to Baylor's campus and the Brazos River, named McLane Stadium.
Games in Fort Worth continue to be played at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium which opened in 1930. It received a recent multi-million dollar renovation and hosted the Baylor–TCU game for the first time since this renovation in 2013. Games in Fort Worth played before 1930 were held at TCU's on-campus Clark Field.
Close Games and Shutouts
Football games between Baylor and TCU have been decided by 7 points or less 41 times, including 7 ties. One of the most recent and memorable close games was a 50–48 Baylor win in 2011, a televised game by ESPN in which Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III led Baylor on a come-from-behind 4th-quarter drive to set up Aaron Jones' game-winning field goal. Interestingly though, there have been a total of 36 shutouts in the series; the most recent was a 27–0 TCU win in 2007.
TCU holds the record as Baylor's most common opponent for its annual Homecoming game. The rivalry has been showcased as Baylor's Homecoming game 31 times, but with TCU holding a 16-15 advantage in these games. Baylor won the last of these Homecoming match-ups in 1995, the last season of SWC membership, 27–24.
In the early years of the series, Baylor and TCU played 8 times on Thanksgiving Day with Baylor earning a 6–2 advantage. Baylor won in 1901, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1915 and 1919. TCU won in 1904 and 1917. The rivalry has also been played as a Thanksgiving weekend game 7 other years with Baylor holding a 6–1 lead; Baylor winning in 1901, 1903, 1916, 1976, 1977, and 2013. TCU's only win was in 1905. The Baylor–TCU game was most recently featured as a Thanksgiving weekend game on November 30, 2013.
One well-remembered incident in the rivalry occurred in 1971. TCU coach Jim Pittman collapsed and died on the sideline during the 1971 TCU at Baylor football game, the only time in collegiate history that a coach died while a game was in the progress of being played.
Notable Players and Coaches
The rivalry has featured:
- 2 Recognized National Championships: 1935 TCU (Paul O. Williamson System) and 1938 TCU (AP Poll: Consensus #1)
- 5 College Football Hall of Fame Head Coaches: Baylor - Morley Jennings, Grant Teaff; TCU - Matty Bell, Dutch Meyer, Francis Schmidt
- 2 Heisman Trophy winners: Davey O'Brien for TCU in 1938 and Robert Griffin III for Baylor in 2011.
- 1 Maxwell Award winner: Davey O'Brien for TCU in 1938.
- 1 Davey O'Brien Award winner (named for TCU's legendary QB): Robert Griffin III for Baylor in 2011.
- 1 Sammy Baugh Trophy winner (named for TCU's legendary QB): Don Trull for Baylor in 1962 and 1963.
- 1 Manning Award winner: Robert Griffin III for Baylor in 2011.
- 1 Rimington Trophy winner: Jake Kirkpatrick for TCU in 2010.
- 1 Jim Thorpe Award winner: Thomas Everett for Baylor in 1986.
- 1 Lou Groza Award winner: Michael Reeder for TCU in 1995.
- 1 Ray Guy Award winner: Daniel Sepulveda for Baylor in 2006. (Sepulveda also won the award in 2004, but Baylor and TCU not play each other that year.)
Other notable players that played in this rivalry:
Baylor victories are colored ██ green. TCU victories are colored ██ purple. Ties are white.
|Date||Location||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|11/18/1910||Fort Worth||Baylor||10||TCU||3||Baylor 13–8–4|
|10/19/1912||Fort Worth||TCU||22||Baylor||0||Baylor 14–9–4|
|11/27/1916||Fort Worth||Baylor||32||TCU||14||Baylor 17–9–4|
|11/29/1917||Fort Worth||TCU||34||Baylor||0||Baylor 17–10–4|
|11/3/1928||Fort Worth||Baylor||7||TCU||6||Baylor 19–13–6|
|11/22/1930||Fort Worth||Baylor||35||TCU||14||Baylor 20–14–6|
|10/29/1932||Fort Worth||TCU||27||Baylor||0||Baylor 20–16–6|
|11/3/1934||Fort Worth||TCU||34||Baylor||12||Baylor 21–17–6|
|10/31/1936||Fort Worth||TCU||28||Baylor||0||Baylor 21–19–6|
|10/29/1938||Fort Worth||TCU||39||Baylor||7||Baylor 22–20–6|
|11/2/1940||Fort Worth||TCU||14||Baylor||12||Baylor 23–21–6|
|10/31/1942||Fort Worth||Baylor||10||TCU||7||Baylor 24–22–6|
|9/28/1946||Fort Worth||TCU||19||Baylor||16||Tied 24–24–6|
|10/30/1948||Fort Worth||Baylor||6||TCU||3||Tied 25–25–6|
|11/4/1950||Fort Worth||Baylor||20||TCU||14||Baylor 27–25–6|
|11/1/1952||Fort Worth||Tie||20||None||20||Baylor 27–26–7|
|10/3/1954||Fort Worth||Baylor||12||TCU||7||Baylor 29–26–7|
|11/3/1956||Fort Worth||TCU||7||Baylor||6||Baylor 29–28–7|
|11/1/1958||Fort Worth||TCU||22||Baylor||0||TCU 30–29–7|
|10/29/1960||Fort Worth||TCU||14||Baylor||6||TCU 32–29–7|
|11/3/1962||Fort Worth||TCU||28||Baylor||26||TCU 33–30–7|
|10/31/1964||Fort Worth||TCU||17||Baylor||14||TCU 34–31–7|
|10/30/1966||Fort Worth||TCU||6||Baylor||0||TCU 36–31–7|
|11/2/1968||Fort Worth||TCU||47||Baylor||14||TCU 38–31–7|
|10/31/1970||Fort Worth||TCU||24||Baylor||17||TCU 40–31–7|
|11/4/1972||Fort Worth||Baylor||42||TCU||9||TCU 41–32–7|
|11/3/1974||Fort Worth||Baylor||21||TCU||7||TCU 42–33–7|
|11/27/1976||Fort Worth||Baylor||24||TCU||19||TCU 42–35–7|
|10/28/1978||Fort Worth||Baylor||28||TCU||21||TCU 42–37–7|
|10/25/1980||Fort Worth||Baylor||21||TCU||6||TCU 42–39–7|
|10/23/1982||Fort Worth||TCU||38||Baylor||14||TCU 43–40–7|
|10/27/1984||Fort Worth||TCU||38||Baylor||28||TCU 44–41–7|
|10/25/1986||Fort Worth||Baylor||28||TCU||17||TCU 44–43–7|
|10/22/1988||Fort Worth||TCU||24||Baylor||14||TCU 46–43–7|
|10/27/1990||Fort Worth||Baylor||27||TCU||21||TCU 46–45–7|
|10/10/1992||Fort Worth||Baylor||41||TCU||10||Baylor 47–46–7|
|10/1/1994||Fort Worth||Baylor||42||TCU||18||Baylor 48–47–7|
|9/3/2006||Waco||#22 TCU||17||Baylor||7||Baylor 49–48–7|
|9/1/2007||Fort Worth||#22 TCU||27||Baylor||0||Tied 49–49–7|
|9/18/2010||Fort Worth||#5 TCU||45||Baylor||10||TCU 50–49–7|
|9/2/2011||Waco||Baylor||50||#15 TCU||48||Tied 50–50–7|
|10/13/2012||Waco||#23 TCU||49||Baylor||21||TCU 51–50–7|
|11/30/2013||Fort Worth||#9 Baylor||41||TCU||38||Tied 51–51–7|