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Flashback: Oct. 8, 1960

Sophomore Ronnie Goodwin scored two touchdowns for the Bears.

Sophomore Ronnie Goodwin scored two touchdowns for the Bears.

Oct. 5, 2007

By Luke Blount

On October 8, 1960, the No. 20 Baylor Bears upset the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, 28-14. The Bears took control from the first kickoff and never trailed in the game.

Quarterback Ronnie Stanley and Halfbacks Ronnie Goodwin and Ronnie Bull led the Bears to victory. The three Ronnies combined for 245 yards of offense and three touchdowns.

"Our new backfield combination was supposed to take some of the pressure off Ronnie Bull," said Baylor head coach John Bridges. "I think that it did."

Although Baylor didn't force any turnovers and they lost two of their own, the Bears were still able to dominate the Razorbacks.

Baylor's first drive ended in a missed 34-yard field goal, but on their next possession, the Bears ran off eight plays on an 89-yard drive culminating in a 23-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Goodwin. 

After an Arkansas score to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, Stanley connected with Goodwin on a 19-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead.

"The touchdown before the end of the half was a slant pass," said Goodwin. "They were playing us to cut out, so we cut in and caught them napping."

The Bears did most of their damage in the third quarter, scoring on consecutive possessions. Stanley ran a 5-yard touchdown with seven minutes remaining, and Bobby Ply threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Lane to end the quarter, 28-7.

Arkansas would score once more in the fourth quarter after a Ply interception, but it was too late.


 

 

"We were very glad that we were able to win this one," said Bridges "We were able to move the ball on a very fine Arkansas team."

The Bears finished the 1960 campaign ranked 12th by the Associated Press with an 8-3 record. They lost to Florida 13-12 in the Gator Bowl.

Ronnie Bull was selected a 1960 and 1961 All-American and was drafted seventh overall in the 1962 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. That same year he was named the NFC Rookie of the year. Ronnie Goodwin and Bobby Ply were also drafted. Ply played defensive back in the first super bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967.

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