Baylor–TCU football rivalry

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Baylor–TCU football rivalry
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg TCU script logo.gif
Baylor Bears TCU Horned Frogs

Total meetings 109
Series record Tied, 51–51–7
First meeting October 27, 1899
Tie, 0–0
Last meeting November 30, 2013
Baylor, 41–38
Next meeting 2014

The Baylor–TCU football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs.

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.

Game Sites[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Homecoming Games[edit]

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.

Thanksgiving Games[edit]

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.

Memorable Events[edit]

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[edit]

The rivalry has featured:

Other notable players that played in this rivalry:

Baylor - Mike Singletary, Hayden Fry, Larry Isbell, Bill Glass, Larry Elkins, Santana Dotson

TCU - Sammy Baugh, Bob Lilly, Andy Dalton, Jerry Hughes, Jim Swink, Ki Aldrich

Game Results[edit]

Baylor victories are colored ██ green. TCU victories are colored ██ purple. Ties are white.

Date Location Winning team Losing team Series
10/27/1899 Waco Tie 0 None 0 Tied 0–0–1
11/23/1901 Waco Baylor 36 TCU 0 Baylor 1–0–1
11/28/1901 Waco Baylor 42 TCU 0 Baylor 2–0–1
11/28/1902 Waco Tie 0 None 0 Baylor 2–0–2
11/22/1902 Waco Baylor 6 TCU 0 Baylor 3–0–2
12/1/1902 Waco Baylor 20 TCU 0 Baylor 4–0–2
10/3/1903 Waco Baylor 12 TCU 0 Baylor 5–0–2
11/27/1903 Waco Baylor 5 TCU 0 Baylor 6–0–2
10/1/1904 Waco Tie 0 None 0 Baylor 6–0–3
11/12/1904 Waco Baylor 17 TCU 0 Baylor 7–0–3
11/24/1904 Waco TCU 5 Baylor 0 Baylor 7–1–3
9/30/1905 Waco TCU 16 Baylor 0 Baylor 7–2–3
11/10/1905 Waco Baylor 10 TCU 0 Baylor 8–2–3
11/29/1905 Waco TCU 17 Baylor 0 Baylor 8–3–3
10/5/1907 Waco Tie 7 None 7 Baylor 8–3–4
11/11/1907 Waco TCU 11 Baylor 10 Baylor 8–4–4
11/28/1907 Waco Baylor 16 TCU 8 Baylor 9–4–4
10/3/1908 Waco TCU 15 Baylor 0 Baylor 9–5–4
10/24/1908 Waco TCU 10 Baylor 6 Baylor 9–6–4
11/26/1908 Waco Baylor 23 TCU 8 Baylor 10–6–4
10/16/1909 Waco TCU 9 Baylor 0 Baylor 10–7–4
11/5/1909 Waco TCU 11 Baylor 0 Baylor 10–8–4
11/25/1909 Waco Baylor 6 TCU 3 Baylor 11–8–4
10/24/1910 Waco Baylor 52 TCU 0 Baylor 12–8–4
11/18/1910 Fort Worth Baylor 10 TCU 3 Baylor 13–8–4
11/4/1911 Waco Baylor 12 TCU 0 Baylor 14–8–4
10/19/1912 Fort Worth TCU 22 Baylor 0 Baylor 14–9–4
10/27/1914 Waco Baylor 28 TCU 14 Baylor 15–9–4
11/25/1915 Waco Baylor 51 TCU 0 Baylor 16–9–4
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
12/5/1918 Waco TCU 12 Baylor 7 Baylor 17–11–4
11/27/1919 Waco Baylor 7 TCU 0 Baylor 18–11–4
11/13/1920 Waco TCU 21 Baylor 9 Baylor 18–12–4
10/13/1925 Dallas Tie 7 None 7 Baylor 18–12–5
10/12/1926 Waco Tie 7 None 7 Baylor 18–12–6
10/29/1927 Waco TCU 14 Baylor 0 Baylor 18–13–6
11/3/1928 Fort Worth Baylor 7 TCU 6 Baylor 19–13–6
11/23/1929 Waco TCU 34 Baylor 7 Baylor 19–14–6
11/22/1930 Fort Worth Baylor 35 TCU 14 Baylor 20–14–6
11/21/1931 Waco TCU 19 Baylor 6 Baylor 20–15–6
10/29/1932 Fort Worth TCU 27 Baylor 0 Baylor 20–16–6
11/4/1933 Waco Baylor 7 TCU 0 Baylor 21–16–6
11/3/1934 Fort Worth TCU 34 Baylor 12 Baylor 21–17–6
11/2/1935 Waco TCU 28 Baylor 0 Baylor 21–18–6
10/31/1936 Fort Worth TCU 28 Baylor 0 Baylor 21–19–6
10/30/1937 Waco Baylor 6 TCU 0 Baylor 22–19–6
10/29/1938 Fort Worth TCU 39 Baylor 7 Baylor 22–20–6
11/4/1939 Waco Baylor 27 TCU 0 Baylor 23–20–6
11/2/1940 Fort Worth TCU 14 Baylor 12 Baylor 23–21–6
11/1/1941 Waco TCU 23 Baylor 12 Baylor 23–22–6
10/31/1942 Fort Worth Baylor 10 TCU 7 Baylor 24–22–6
10/6/1945 Waco TCU 7 Baylor 6 Baylor 24–23–6
9/28/1946 Fort Worth TCU 19 Baylor 16 Tied 24–24–6
11/1/1947 Waco TCU 14 Baylor 7 TCU 25–24–6
10/30/1948 Fort Worth Baylor 6 TCU 3 Tied 25–25–6
10/29/1949 Waco Baylor 40 TCU 14 Baylor 26–25–6
11/4/1950 Fort Worth Baylor 20 TCU 14 Baylor 27–25–6
11/3/1951 Waco TCU 20 TCU 7 Baylor 27–26–6
11/1/1952 Fort Worth Tie 20 None 20 Baylor 27–26–7
10/31/1953 Waco Baylor 25 TCU 7 Baylor 28–26–7
10/3/1954 Fort Worth Baylor 12 TCU 7 Baylor 29–26–7
10/29/1955 Waco TCU 28 Baylor 6 Baylor 29–27–7
11/3/1956 Fort Worth TCU 7 Baylor 6 Baylor 29–28–7
11/2/1957 Waco TCU 19 Baylor 6 Tied 29–29–7
11/1/1958 Fort Worth TCU 22 Baylor 0 TCU 30–29–7
10/31/1959 Waco TCU 14 Baylor 0 TCU 31–29–7
10/29/1960 Fort Worth TCU 14 Baylor 6 TCU 32–29–7
11/4/1961 Waco Baylor 28 Baylor 14 TCU 32–30–7
11/3/1962 Fort Worth TCU 28 Baylor 26 TCU 33–30–7
11/2/1963 Waco Baylor 32 Baylor 13 TCU 33–31–7
10/31/1964 Fort Worth TCU 17 Baylor 14 TCU 34–31–7
10/30/1965 Waco TCU 10 Baylor 7 TCU 35–31–7
10/30/1966 Fort Worth TCU 6 Baylor 0 TCU 36–31–7
11/4/1967 Waco TCU 29 Baylor 7 TCU 37–31–7
11/2/1968 Fort Worth TCU 47 Baylor 14 TCU 38–31–7
11/1/1969 Waco TCU 31 Baylor 14 TCU 39–31–7
10/31/1970 Fort Worth TCU 24 Baylor 17 TCU 40–31–7
10/30/1971 Waco TCU 34 Baylor 27 TCU 41–31–7
11/4/1972 Fort Worth Baylor 42 TCU 9 TCU 41–32–7
11/3/1973 Waco TCU 34 Baylor 28 TCU 42–32–7
11/3/1974 Fort Worth Baylor 21 TCU 7 TCU 42–33–7
11/1/1975 Waco Baylor 24 TCU 6 TCU 42–34–7
11/27/1976 Fort Worth Baylor 24 TCU 19 TCU 42–35–7
11/26/1977 Waco Baylor 48 TCU 9 TCU 42–36–7
10/28/1978 Fort Worth Baylor 28 TCU 21 TCU 42–37–7
10/27/1979 Waco Baylor 16 TCU 3 TCU 42–38–7
10/25/1980 Fort Worth Baylor 21 TCU 6 TCU 42–39–7
10/24/1981 Waco Baylor 34 TCU 21 TCU 42–40–7
10/23/1982 Fort Worth TCU 38 Baylor 14 TCU 43–40–7
10/22/1983 Waco Baylor 56 Baylor 21 TCU 43–41–7
10/27/1984 Fort Worth TCU 38 Baylor 28 TCU 44–41–7
10/26/1985 Waco Baylor 45 TCU 0 TCU 44–42–7
10/25/1986 Fort Worth Baylor 28 TCU 17 TCU 44–43–7
10/25/1987 Waco TCU 24 Baylor 0 TCU 45–43–7
10/22/1988 Fort Worth TCU 24 Baylor 14 TCU 46–43–7
10/28/1989 Waco Baylor 27 TCU 9 TCU 46–44–7
10/27/1990 Fort Worth Baylor 27 TCU 21 TCU 46–45–7
10/26/1991 Waco Baylor 26 TCU 9 Tied 46–46–7
10/10/1992 Fort Worth Baylor 41 TCU 10 Baylor 47–46–7
10/23/1993 Waco TCU 38 Baylor 13 Tied 47–47–7
10/1/1994 Fort Worth Baylor 42 TCU 18 Baylor 48–47–7
10/28/1995 Waco Baylor 27 TCU 24 Baylor 49–47–7
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

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