1979 Baylor Bears football team

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1979 Baylor Bears football
Peach Bowl champion
Peach Bowl, W 24–18 vs. Clemson
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 14
1979 record 8–4 (5–3 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff (8th season)
Home stadium Floyd Casey Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Houston + 7 1 0     11 1 0
#8 Arkansas + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
#14 Baylor 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     6 5 0
SMU 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas Tech 2 5 1     3 6 2
TCU 1 6 1     2 8 1
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bears finished the regular season fourth in the Southwest Conference. A win over Clemson in the Peach Bowl capped the season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 Lamar* Baylor StadiumWaco, Texas W 20–7   25,000
September 15 Texas A&M Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 17–7   48,500
September 22 at No. 2 Alabama* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 0–45   77,512
September 29 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 27–17   35,800
October 6 at No. 6 Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 10–13   37,142
October 13 at SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 24–21   65,101
October 20 at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 55–0   32,591
October 27 TCUdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 16–3   36,250
November 10 at No. 9 Arkansas No. 17 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 20–29   43,284
November 17 Rice No. 20 Baylor Stadium • Waco, TX W 45–14   28,500
November 24 at No. 6 Texas No. 17 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 0–13   63,288
December 31 vs. No. 18 Clemson* No. 19 Atlanta-Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) W 24–18   57,321
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Peach Bowl[edit]

#19 Baylor vs. #17 Clemson
1 2 3 4 Total
Baylor 0 14 10 0 24
Clemson 7 0 3 8 18

Freshman DB Kyle Woods, who injured his neck in preseason practice, spoke to the team before the game and was on the sidelines in wheelchair as team wore No. 23 towels as tribute.[1]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
William Glass Guard 4 86 Cincinnati Bengals
Arland Thompson Guard 4 103 Chicago Bears
Keith Bishop Guard 6 157 Denver Broncos
Andrew Melontree Linebacker 6 159 Cincinnati Bengals
Gary Don Johnson Defensive Tackle 7 168 Cincinnati Bengals
Kirk Collins Defensive Back 7 176 Los Angeles Rams
Thomas Brown Defensive End 11 302 Philadelphia Eagles
Frank Pollard Running Back 11 305 Pittsburgh Steelers
Howard Fields Defensive Back 12 329 Philadelphia Eagles
Bo Taylor Running Back Tampa Bay

[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Injured player spurs Baylor to Peach win." Eugene Register-Guard. pg. 18. 1980 January 1.
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1980.htm
  3. ^ http://www.hickoksports.com/history/obriena.shtml