Baylor–TCU football rivalry

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Baylor–TCU football rivalry
First meetingOctober 27, 1899
Tie, 0–0
Latest meetingNovember 17, 2018
TCU 16, Baylor 9
Next meetingNovember 9, 2019
Statistics
Meetings total114
All-time seriesTCU leads 55–52–7
Largest victoryBaylor, 52–0 (1910)
Longest win streakTCU, 8 (1964–71)
Baylor, 8 (1974–81)
Current win streakTCU, 4 (2015–present)
Baylor–TCU football rivalry is located in Texas
Baylor
Baylor
TCU
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Locations in Texas

The Baylor–TCU football rivalry, also referred to as The Revivalry,[1][2][3] is an American college football rivalry between the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs. The first game of the 113-game series was played in 1899, making the rivalry one of the oldest and most played in FBS college football.

History[edit]

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. Baylor permanently moved to Waco forty years later, in 1885. TCU was founded in 1873 as AddRan Male and Female College by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark, in Thorp Springs, Texas, and was later renamed AddRan Christian University and relocated to Waco in 1895. AddRan was renamed Texas Christian University in 1902 and finally relocated to Fort Worth in 1910 after a fire destroyed the school's main administration building in Waco.

First contested in 1899, and having been played 114 times, the rivalry is one of the oldest and most-played series in college football history. The two schools, which were once both located in Waco, Texas, are separated by only 90 miles.[4]

Between 1899 and 1910, when both schools were located in Waco, the Bears and Horned Frogs frequently faced off multiple times per season. In the early years of the rivalry, TCU and Baylor did not play as conference foes. Like most schools of that era, Baylor was independent until becoming a founding member of the Southwest Conference (SWC) in 1915. TCU subsequently joined the SWC in 1923, after competing as an independent (1896–1913 and 1921–22). After TCU joined, Baylor and TCU played 69 times as SWC foes, until the SWC disbanded in 1995. After a 10-year hiatus, the universities renewed the rivalry in a non-conference series in 2006–2007 and 2010–2011. During this series, TCU competed in the Mountain West Conference. TCU joined Baylor in the Big 12 Conference in 2012, and the rivalry game is now played annually as part of the teams' regular season conference schedules.

The 2014 contest marked the first time in 110 meetings that both Baylor and TCU faced off as ranked teams (#5 Baylor hosted #9 TCU). The 2015 contest again featured two ranked teams (#15 TCU hosted #7 Baylor).

Parity[edit]

The rivalry is one of the most unusual in college football, not only because it features two private Christian schools, but also because of its historic and recent parity. In 114 meetings, TCU leads the series 55–52–7. Since resumption of the annual rivalry in 2010, the series is led by TCU 6-3, and since TCU joined Baylor in the Big 12 in 2012, the Big 12 series record is held by TCU 5-2. Only the SEC rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers, Big Ten rivalry between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers, and non-conference rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers are similarly competitive over 100+ meetings.[5][6]

Game sites[edit]

Baylor leads the series in games played in Waco 34–32–5. TCU leads the series in games played in Fort Worth 22–18–1. 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 determine 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, off campus. Baylor played all home games at the Cotton Palace from 1926–29 before returning to Carroll Field for all home games from 1930–35. The Bears moved off the main campus in 1936 to the newly built Waco Stadium, renamed Municipal Stadium in 1942. From 1950 through 2013, Baylor home games were played at Baylor Stadium, renamed Floyd Casey Stadium in 1989. Since 2014, Baylor home games have been played in McLane Stadium, adjacent to Baylor's campus and the Brazos River.

The Horned Frogs played their Fort Worth home games at Clark Field until 1930, when TCU opened the new Amon G. Carter Stadium. Since the 1930 opening, Amon G. Carter Stadium was expanded and renovated on multiple occasions, the most recent of which cost approximately $164 M, was completely funded by private donors, and was completed in 2012.

Close games and shutouts[edit]

Football games between Baylor and TCU have been decided by 7 points or less 42 times, including 7 ties.

Several of the Bears and Horned Frogs' meetings since the rivalry's annual renewal in 2010 have featured memorable, close contests. In 2011, Baylor notched a season-opening 50–48 win, with Robert Griffin III, leading a fourth-quarter Baylor drive to set up Aaron Jones' game-winning field goal over the Horned Frogs. In 2014, Baylor came back from a 21-point, fourth quarter deficit by scoring 24 unanswered points to win the game 61–58 with a last second Chris Callahan FG. The outcome of the 2014 matchup and TCU's fourth-quarter collapse was critical in knocking TCU out of the inaugural College Football Playoff; both Baylor and TCU would go on to compile 11–1 (8–1 Big 12) regular season records and share the Big12 Conference title. In 2015, the rivalry game was played on Thanksgiving Friday night in Fort Worth, with temperatures in the 30s and pouring rain. After a lightning-delayed start, the high-power spread offenses managed only 14 points apiece in regulation, with TCU securing a 28–21 second-overtime victory with a fourth down stop.

There have been 36 shutouts in the series; the most recent of which was a 27–0 TCU win in 2007 in Fort Worth.

Homecoming[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 TCU holds a 16–15 lead in these games. Baylor won the last of these Homecoming match-ups in 1995, 27–24.

Thanksgiving[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 9 other years with Baylor holding a 6–3 lead; Baylor winning in 1901, 1903, 1916, 1976, 1977 and 2013, and TCU winning in 1905, 2015, and 2017. The Baylor–TCU game was most recently featured as a Thanksgiving weekend game on November 24, 2017.[4]

Other events[edit]

In 1971, TCU coach Jim Pittman collapsed and died on the sideline in Waco during the rivalry game, the only time in collegiate history that a coach died during a game.[7][8]

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]

Source:[4]

Baylor victoriesTCU victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1October 27, 1899 Waco Tie0–0
2November 23, 1901 Waco Baylor36–0
3November 28, 1901 Waco Baylor42–0
4November 1, 1902 Waco Tie0–0
5November 22, 1902 Waco Baylor6–0
6December 1, 1902 Waco Baylor20–0
7October 3, 1903 Waco Baylor12–0
8November 27, 1903 Waco Baylor5–0
9October 1, 1904 Waco Tie0–0
10November 12, 1904 Waco Baylor17–0
11November 24, 1904 Waco TCU5–0
12September 30, 1905 Waco TCU16–0
13November 10, 1905 Waco Baylor10–0
14November 29, 1905 Waco TCU17–0
15October 5, 1907 Waco Tie7–7
16November 11, 1907 Waco TCU11–10
17November 28, 1907 Waco Baylor16–8
18October 3, 1908 Waco TCU15–0
19October 24, 1908 Waco TCU10–6
20November 26, 1908 Waco Baylor23–8
21October 16, 1909 Waco TCU9–0
22November 5, 1909 Waco TCU11–0
23November 25, 1909 Waco Baylor6–3
24October 24, 1910 Waco Baylor52–0
25November 18, 1910 Fort Worth Baylor10–3
26November 4, 1911 Waco Baylor12–0
27October 19, 1912 Fort Worth TCU22–0
28October 27, 1914 Waco Baylor28–14
29November 25, 1915 Waco Baylor51–0
30November 27, 1916 Fort Worth Baylor32–14
31November 29, 1917 Fort Worth TCU34–0
32December 5, 1918 Waco TCU12–7
33November 27, 1919 Waco Baylor7–0
34November 13, 1920 Waco TCU21–9
35 October 13, 1925 Dallas Tie7–7
36 October 12, 1926 Waco Tie7–7
37 October 29, 1927 Waco TCU14–0
38 November 3, 1928 Fort Worth Baylor7–6
39 November 23, 1929 Waco TCU34–7
40 November 22, 1930 Fort Worth Baylor35–14
41 November 21, 1931 Waco TCU19–6
42 October 29, 1932 Fort Worth TCU27–0
43 November 4, 1933 Waco Baylor7–0
44 November 3, 1934 Fort Worth TCU34–12
45 November 2, 1935 Waco TCU28–0
46 October 31, 1936 Fort Worth TCU28–0
47 October 30, 1937 Waco #6 Baylor6–0
48 October 29, 1938 Fort Worth #4 TCU39–7
49 November 4, 1939 Waco Baylor27–0
50 November 2, 1940 Fort Worth TCU14–12
51 November 1, 1941 Waco TCU23–12
52 October 31, 1942 Fort Worth Baylor10–7
53 October 6, 1945 Waco TCU7–6
54 September 28, 1946 Fort Worth TCU19–16
55 November 1, 1947 Waco TCU14–7
56 October 30, 1948 Fort Worth Baylor6–3
57 October 29, 1949 Waco Baylor40–14
58 November 4, 1950 Fort Worth Baylor20–14
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
59 November 3, 1951 Waco TCU20–7
60 November 1, 1952 Fort Worth Tie20–20
61 October 31, 1953 Waco #3 Baylor25–7
62 October 3, 1954 Fort Worth Baylor12–7
63 October 29, 1955 Waco TCU28–6
64 November 3, 1956 Fort Worth TCU7–6
65 November 2, 1957 Waco TCU19–6
66 November 1, 1958 Fort Worth TCU22–0
67 October 31, 1959 Waco TCU14–0
68 October 29, 1960 Fort Worth TCU14–6
69 November 4, 1961 Waco Baylor28–14
70 November 3, 1962 Fort Worth TCU28–26
71 November 2, 1963 Waco Baylor32–13
72 October 31, 1964 Fort Worth TCU17–14
73 October 30, 1965 Waco TCU10–7
74 October 30, 1966 Fort Worth TCU6–0
75 November 4, 1967 Waco TCU29–7
76 November 2, 1968 Fort Worth TCU47–14
77 November 1, 1969 Waco TCU31–14
78 October 31, 1970 Fort Worth TCU24–17
79 October 30, 1971 Waco TCU34–27
80 November 4, 1972 Fort Worth Baylor42–9
81 November 3, 1973 Waco TCU34–28
82 November 3, 1974 Fort Worth Baylor21–7
83 November 1, 1975 Waco Baylor24–6
84 November 27, 1976 Fort Worth Baylor24–19
85 November 26, 1977 Waco Baylor48–9
86 October 28, 1978 Fort Worth Baylor28–21
87 October 27, 1979 Waco Baylor16–3
88 October 25, 1980 Fort Worth #11 Baylor21–6
89 October 24, 1981 Waco Baylor34–21
90 October 23, 1982 Fort Worth TCU38–14
91 October 22, 1983 Waco Baylor56–21
92 October 27, 1984 Fort Worth TCU38–28
93 October 26, 1985 Waco #13 Baylor45–0
94 October 25, 1986 Fort Worth Baylor28–17
95 October 25, 1987 Waco TCU24–0
96 October 22, 1988 Fort Worth TCU24–14
97 October 28, 1989 Waco Baylor27–9
98 October 27, 1990 Fort Worth Baylor27–21
99 October 26, 1991 Waco Baylor26–9
100 October 10, 1992 Fort Worth Baylor41–10
101 October 23, 1993 Waco TCU38–13
102 October 1, 1994 Fort Worth Baylor42–18
103 October 28, 1995 Waco Baylor27–24
104 September 3, 2006 Waco #22 TCU17–7
105 September 1, 2007 Fort Worth #22 TCU27–0
106 September 18, 2010 Fort Worth #5 TCU45–10
107 September 2, 2011 Waco Baylor50–48
108 October 13, 2012 Waco #23 TCU49–21
109 November 30, 2013 Fort Worth #9 Baylor41–38
110 October 11, 2014 Waco #5 Baylor61–58
111 November 27, 2015 Fort Worth #15 TCU28–212OT
112 November 5, 2016 Waco TCU62–22
113 November 24, 2017 Fort Worth #12 TCU45–22
114 November 17, 2018 Waco TCU16–9
Series: TCU leads 55–52–7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c "NCAAF Football : Series records : Baylor vs. TCU". mcubed.net. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
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