Sept. 6, 2013
Editor's Note: In each home game program this fall, legendary Texas sportswriter and Baylor treasure Dave Campbell will reminisce about his most-memorable games of the decade being honored at Floyd Casey Stadium, starting with the 2000s and culminating with the 1950s when the Bears' 64-year-old home den opened its doors as Baylor Stadium. We hope you will enjoy this trip down memory lane each week as we relive some Baylor's greatest wins at The Case.
By Dave Campbell
The decade of the nineties offers rather slim pickings, not really comparable to the Eighties.
In my opinion, you have a choice of the 21-20 victory over Texas in 1992, the 42-39 season-opening victory over Fresno State in 1993; the 9-7 victory over Texas Tech in 1995; or the 23-21 victory over Texas in 1997.
The victory over No. 25-ranked Fresno State (led by highly-publicized passer Trent Dilfer) was the Bears' first under new head coach Chuck Reedy, and the win over No. 24 Texas Tech two years later was the last victory over the Red Raiders that Baylor was to secure until 2011. Tech did not score in that game until only 5 seconds were left to play.
And the 1997 win over Texas was nailed down when the Longhorn kicker missed a 53-yard field goal attempt with a bit more than a minute to play. Jubilant Baylor students tore down the north end goal goalposts and carried them all the way to the campus after that victory.
But the 1992 victory over Texas is my choice. It marked Grant Teaff's final regular-season game at Baylor, thus an emotional occasion and a significant one because it lifted the Bears to a 7-5 record and led to their selection to play No. 22-ranked Arizona in the Sun Bowl. J.J. Joe ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to set the pace for the Bear offense in the win over Texas.