Battle of the Brazos

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Battle of the Brazos
Sport Football
First meeting 1899
Texas A&M 33, Baylor 0
Latest meeting October 15, 2011
Texas A&M 55, Baylor 28
Statistics
Meetings total 108
All-time series Texas A&M leads, 68–31–9
Largest victory Texas A&M, 73–10 (2003)
Longest win streak Texas A&M, 13 (1991–2003)
Current win streak Texas A&M, 3 (2009–present)

The Battle of the Brazos is the name given to the Baylor–Texas A&M football rivalry.[1] It is a collegiate sports rivalry between the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies. The rivalry is named for the Brazos River[2] that flows by the two schools, which are only 90 miles apart. The Battle of the Brazos debuted in 1899. The rivalry officially folded in 2012, when Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference.

History[edit]

In the early days of the rivalry (1905 and earlier), Baylor and Texas A&M played each other multiple times in a single year, possibly due to a dearth of regional opponents. The two teams were also geographically close with only a one-hour train ride separating the two colleges.

The Brawl[edit]

The 1926 football game coincided with Baylor's homecoming. During halftime Baylor Homecoming floats paraded around the field. When a float – actually a car pulling a flatbed trailer with several female Baylor students – neared the section where the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets sat, a cadet raced towards the car and grabbed the steering wheel. The motion caused Louise Normand to fall off the truck, injuring her and inciting a large riot. Students began using metal folding chairs and planks of wood that had been used as yard markers for weapons. Texas A&M student Lt. Charles Sessums was hit in the head during the melee and, although he initially appeared to recover, he died following the game.[3]

On December 8, 1926, the two school presidents agreed to temporarily suspend athletic relations between the schools.[4] The schools would not compete against each other in any athletic event for the next four years.[3] Baylor and Texas A&M would not meet in football again until 1931.[4]

Pranks[edit]

In 1936 Baylor students awoke to find Texas A&M signs plastered across campus, with red paint applied to turn the Baylor flagpole into a barber pole. A huge sign on Waco Hall predicted, "A and M 50, Baylor 0."

It was once great sport before a big football matchup for Aggie students to drive to Waco with nefarious intentions of capturing Baylor's bear mascot. Baylor students sometimes resorted to extraordinary defensive measures. In 1946 they placed mascot Chita in the custody of Waco Police so the Aggies could not find her.

In the 1950s, two Aggie students drove to Waco and stole the Baylor mascot, a young bear cub, from the Baylor campus. While they were driving back to College Station in a brand–new car belonging to one of their families, the bear became enraged. Twenty–miles from Waco, the bear ripped out the inside of the car, and the boys set it free. The young men were caught when they took the car to be repaired.[3]

In 1954, Baylor mascot Nip and her trailer disappeared. Yet, the next day both the bear and trailer were found under a bridge on the highway to College Station.

Baylor students likewise pranked the Aggies, often sneaking onto the Texas A&M campus to spray green paint on the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Ross was the third president of Texas A&M, who graduated from Baylor's two year college preparatory program.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, was expelled from Baylor after he was in part found painting one of A&M's buildings green.[5][6]

Football[edit]

The competitive peak of the series between Baylor and Texas A&M most likely occurred between 1960 and 1990 during which time Baylor won 13 games, A&M won 16 games, and two games ended in ties. During that same time period 18 of the 31 games played saw the final margin of victory to be 7 points or less. Texas Football magazine voted the 1986 game between the schools the Game of the Decade of the 80s in the Southwest Conference. Baylor led the game 17–0 in the 1st half and was positioned to score again when the Texas A&M defense was able to stop the Bears with a goal line stand. The Aggies came back in the final minutes with an 80-yard drive resulting in a touchdown and a 31–30 victory. The victory allowed them to claim the SWC Championship and advance to the Cotton Bowl for a second straight year.[3][7] while Baylor finished in 2nd and ended the year with a victory over Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Another exciting game was the 1978 contest in which little-known Baylor freshman Walter Abercrombie rushed for 207 yards in a 24–6 Baylor win in College Station. The 207 yards were a then NCAA record for rushing yardage in an initial game. In the 1980 contest Baylor won by the score of 46–7, going on that year to win the SWC Championship by a record 3 games and garnering a berth in the Cotton Bowl, where they were beaten by Alabama.[8]

The thrilling 1986 A&M win began a period of domination in the series, in which Baylor did not beat A&M for 18 seasons (17 losses and a tie in 1990). The most lopsided match in the history of the rivalry occurred in 2003 when the Aggies routed the Bears by a score of 73–10.[9] However, in 2004 an underdog Baylor Bear team [10] defeated the No. 16 ranked Aggies[11] 35–34 in overtime at Floyd Casey Stadium when the Bears converted a dramatic 2-point conversion on the final play of the game to earn their first win over the Aggies since 1985. The rivalry again became bitter in 2005 when the Aggies completed two fourth down conversions to win at home 16–13 in overtime.[12]

The Baylor Bears defeated the Aggies for the second time in 5 years in 2008. Baylor has won 2 of the last 4 series games in Waco (2004 & 2008). In 2011 Texas A&M won the probable final meeting for the foreseeable future. With A&M's decision to leave the Big 12 Conference following the 2011 season, resumption of the series is not likely at this point unless the two schools meet in a post season bowl game.

Game results[edit]

Baylor victoriesTexas A&M victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1899 Waco Texas A&M 33–0
2 October 11, 1901 Dallas Texas A&M 6–0
3 November 5, 1901 Bryan Baylor 17–6
4 November 28, 1901 Waco Baylor 46–0
5 October 10, 1902 Dallas Texas A&M 11–6
6 October 14, 1902 College Station Texas A&M 22–0
7 November 7, 1903 Waco Tie0–0
8 November 14, 1903 Waco Texas A&M 18–0
9 November 21, 1903 College Station Texas A&M 5–0
10 October 15, 1904 Waco Texas A&M 5–0
11 November 5, 1904 Waco Texas A&M 10–0
12 October 28, 1905 Waco Texas A&M 42–0
13 November 19, 1905 College Station Texas A&M 17–5
14 October 10, 1908 College Station Baylor 6–5
15 October 30, 1909 Waco Texas A&M 9–6
16 November 18, 1911 College Station Texas A&M 22–11
17 November 28, 1912 Dallas Texas A&M 53–0
18 November 21, 1913 College Station Tie14–14
19 November 11, 1916 Waco Texas A&M 3–0
20 November 10, 1917 Waco Texas A&M 7–0
21 November 9, 1918 Waco Texas A&M 19–0
22 November 8, 1919 Waco Texas A&M 10–0
23 November 6, 1920 Waco Texas A&M 24–0
24 November 5, 1921 Waco Texas A&M 14–3
25 November 4, 1922 Waco Baylor 13–7
26 November 3, 1923 Waco Tie0–0
27 November 1, 1924 Waco Baylor 15–7
28 October 31, 1925 Waco Texas A&M 13–0
29 November 30, 1926 Waco Baylor 20–9
30 October 24, 1931 College Station Texas A&M 33–7
31 October 22, 1932 Waco Tie0–0
32 October 28, 1933 College Station Texas A&M 14–7
33 October 27, 1934 Waco Texas A&M 10–7
34 October 26, 1935 College Station Baylor 14–6
35 October 24, 1936 Waco Tie0–0
36 October 23, 1937 College Station Baylor 13–0
37 October 22, 1938 Waco Tie6–6
38 October 28, 1939 College Station Texas A&M 20–0
39 October 26, 1940 Waco Texas A&M 14–7
40 October 25, 1941 College Station Texas A&M 48–10
41 October 24, 1942 Waco Baylor 6–0
42 October 27, 1945 College Station Texas A&M 19–13
43 October 26, 1946 Waco Texas A&M 17–0
44 October 25, 1947 College Station Texas A&M 24–0
45 October 23, 1948 Waco Baylor 20–14
46 October 22, 1949 College Station Baylor 21–0
47 October 28, 1950 Waco Baylor 27–20
48 October 27, 1951 College Station Tie21–21
49 October 25, 1952 Waco Baylor 21–20
50 October 24, 1953 College Station Baylor 14–13
51 October 23, 1954 Waco Baylor 20–7
52 October 22, 1955 College Station Texas A&M 19–7
53 October 27, 1956 Waco Texas A&M 19–13
54 October 26, 1957 College Station Texas A&M 14–0
55 October 25, 1958 Waco Texas A&M 33–27
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
56 October 24, 1959 College Station Baylor 13–0
57 October 22, 1960 Waco Baylor 14–0
58 October 28, 1961 College Station Texas A&M 23–0
59 October 27, 1962 Waco Texas A&M 6–3
60 October 26, 1963 College Station Baylor 34–7
61 October 24, 1964 Waco Baylor 20–16
62 October 23, 1965 College Station Baylor 31–0
63 October 22, 1966 Waco Texas A&M 17–13
64 October 28, 1967 College Station Texas A&M 21–3
65 October 26, 1968 Waco Baylor 10–9
66 October 25, 1969 College Station Texas A&M 24–0
67 October 24, 1970 Waco Baylor 29–24
68 October 23, 1971 College Station Texas A&M 10–9
69 October 28, 1972 Waco Baylor 15–13
70 October 27, 1973 College Station Texas A&M 28–22
71 October 26, 1974 Waco Texas A&M 20–0
72 October 25, 1975 College Station Texas A&M 19–10
73 October 16, 1976 College Station Texas A&M 24–0
74 October 15, 1977 Waco Texas A&M 38–31
75 October 21, 1978 College Station Baylor 24–6
76 September 15, 1979 Waco Baylor 17–7
77 October 18, 1980 College Station Baylor 46–7
78 October 17, 1981 Waco Baylor 19–17
79 October 16, 1982 College Station Texas A&M 28–23
80 October 15, 1983 Waco Tie13–13
81 October 20, 1984 College Station Baylor 20–16
82 October 19, 1985 Waco Baylor 20–15
83 October 18, 1986 College Station Texas A&M 31–30
84 October 17, 1987 Waco Texas A&M 34–10
85 October 15, 1988 College Station Texas A&M 28–14
86 October 21, 1989 Waco Texas A&M 14–11
87 October 20, 1990 College Station Tie20–20
88 October 19, 1991 Waco #19 Texas A&M 34–12
89 October 24, 1992 College Station #5 Texas A&M 19–13
90 October 16, 1993 Waco #13 Texas A&M 34–17
91 October 15, 1994 College Station Texas A&M 41–21
92 October 21, 1995 Waco Texas A&M 24–9
93 November 9, 1996 Waco Texas A&M 24–7
94 November 8, 1997 College Station #21 Texas A&M 38–10
95 October 17, 1998 Waco #10 Texas A&M 35–14
96 October 9, 1999 College Station #13 Texas A&M 45–13
97 October 14, 2000 Waco Texas A&M 24–0
98 October 6, 2001 College Station #22 Texas A&M 16–10
99 October 12, 2002 Waco Texas A&M 41–0
100 October 11, 2003 College Station Texas A&M 73–10
101 October 30, 2004 Waco Baylor 35–34OT
102 October 1, 2005 College Station Texas A&M 16–13OT
103 October 28, 2006 Waco #22 Texas A&M 31–21
104 September 29, 2007 College Station Texas A&M 34–10
105 November 15, 2008 Waco Baylor 41–21
106 November 21, 2009 College Station Texas A&M 38–3
107 November 13, 2010 Waco #23 Texas A&M 42–30
108 October 15, 2011 College Station #21 Texas A&M 55–28
Series: Texas A&M leads 68–31–9

Basketball[edit]

In men's basketball, Baylor and A&M have competed since the 1914–15 debut season of the Southwest Conference. With 218 games played, A&M leads the series with 139 wins, 75 losses and 4 ties.[13] Since the formation of the Big 12 the teams have followed somewhat parallel paths. Both spent the early years of the conference as lower-division teams (they combined for one NIT appearance and zero NCAA appearances from 1996 to 2004, and both suffered winless conference seasons during that span). However, in more recent years, they have grown into Big 12 contenders, with A&M reaching the NCAA's six straight years between 2006 and 2011 and Baylor making NCAA tourney appearances in 2008 before advancing all the way to the Elite 8 in 2010 and 2012. In 2011, Baylor did not reach postseason play but swept the series with the NCAA Tourney-Bound Aggies. After Texas A&M moved to the SEC in 2012, the Battle of the Brazos was put on hold. The two schools scheduled out of conference games in 2014 and 2015, with each team winning on their home floor. In their most recent meeting, the #24 ranked Aggies beat the #16 Bears by a score of 80-61.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d Farmer, Neal (October 18, 1990). "Baylor–A&M feud romantic, violent/ 'Brazos Brothers' play for 87th time". Houston Chronicle. Houston, Texas. p. Sports, page 1. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Wangrin, Mark (September 29, 2005). "Baylor vs. Texas A&M: Remembering a 1926 tragedy". The San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved September 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Tom DeLay won't be missed". Washington Square News. April 13, 2006. Retrieved September 27, 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Open Mouth, Insert Boot". The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 3, 2002. Retrieved September 27, 2007. 
  7. ^ "High Five: Texas A&M-Baylor". [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (January 2, 1981). "Tidal wave spoils Baylor's Cotton". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Baylor vs. Texas A&M - Game Recap - October 11, 2003 - ESPN". ESPN.com. 
  10. ^ Irby, Ryan (October 29, 2004). "Aggies searching for seventh win against Baylor". The Battalion. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007. 
  11. ^ Parchman, Will (October 26, 2006). "Rivalry stands test of time". The Baylor Lariat. Retrieved March 25, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Battle of Brazos becoming bitter". Sporting News. October 27, 2006. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Texas A&M Men's Basketball: Year-by-Year Results". Archived from the original on October 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Jones, No. 24 Texas A&M beat No. 16 Baylor 80-61".