Sept. 7, 2007
By Luke Blount, media relations student assistant
Entering the 1966 season, Baylor had a perfect 3-0 record in televised games during the regular season. And on September 10, the Bears put that record on the line against the No. 7 Syracuse Orangemen and came away with a stunning victory.
A crowd of 35,000, the largest ever to see a home-opener, watched the underdog Bears topple the Orangemen while many others watched at home on ABC.
Baylor swiftly took the lead in the first quarter as junior quarterback Terry Southall threw a 30-yard bomb to Richard Defee. Southall then stunned the Orangemen as he led the Bears on a nine play, 58-yard drive, culminating in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Paul Becton to end the first quarter. Baylor went into the break with a 14-0 lead.
However, the Orangemen fought back in the second quarter when All-American tailback Floyd Little rushed for a 7-yard touchdown to make the score 14-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, Baylor used some trickery to take a commanding lead. As kicker Bobby Purvis lined up for a long field goal, Ken Stockdale took the snap and rolled out to his right for a short pass to Charles Wilson who took the ball 29 yards into the end zone.
Soon after, Southall threw his third and fourth touchdown passes to Pinky Palmer and Bobby Green before sitting out for the remainder of the fourth quarter. The 5 foot, 10 inch, 184 pound quarterback tied a Baylor record with his four touchdowns.
For the most of the second half, the Bears never allowed the Orangemen beyond their own 40-yard line. The only exception came when Syracuse tacked on one more score with 29 seconds remaining in the ball game, making it 35-12.
The Bears held All-Americans Floyd Little and Larry Csonka to 90 and 54 yards respectively. They also forced four turnovers from the Orangemen inside the Syracuse 30-yard line.
Baylor had engineered an impossible upset on a grand scale to send their television record to 4-0, and highly touted Syracuse home with a debilitating loss.
The 1966 Bears rose up to tough competition once more in October as they defeated the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks 7-0 in Fayetteville. However, inconsistency led Baylor to finish 5-5 on the season. Terry Southall was later taken in the sixth round of the 1968 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts.