By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider
Not so fast. Before we send Floyd Casey Stadium off into the sunset after 64 years and move into the new Baylor Stadium on the Brazos, we should take a few minutes to remember some of the finest moments in what has been the Bears' den of choice since 1950.
From Larry Isbell and Don Trull to Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence, and Bill Glass and Jim Ray Smith to Mike Singletary, Thomas Everett and Joe Pawelek, this stadium has housed some of the greatest players in school history.
And from George Sauer to Art Briles, nine different men have walked the sidelines as the Bears' head coach in the last seven decades, compiling a combined home record of 179 wins, 138 losses and five ties.
"We've had Floyd Casey for 60 years, and it's a fabulous stadium," said Briles, who has won 12 of his last 13 games at home, including upsets over top-five teams in each of the last two seasons. "And hopefully we'll have some great memories this year. But there comes a time when it's time to move, and it's time to move. It's going to be a big thing for Baylor University."
Obviously, there were some great games in the first 37 years of what was originally Baylor Stadium, including that 34-24 "Miracle on the Brazos" win over 12th-ranked Texas on Nov. 9, 1974. But here is my top-10 list in the 26 years that I've covered the Bears:
10. Baylor 42, #25 Fresno State 39 (Sept. 4, 1993): In coach Chuck Reedy's debut, the Bears keep a Trent Dilfer-led offense out of the end zone to win a shootout with the Bulldogs.
9. Baylor 50, #14 TCU 48 (Sept. 2, 2011): After seeing TCU erase a 24-point deficit, Baylor knocks off the defending Rose Bowl champions on Aaron Jones' 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left.
8. Baylor 23, Texas 21 (Nov. 1, 1997): Dave Roberts won only four games in his two seasons, but the students tore down the goal posts after this one. UT coach John Mackovic was fired after the season.
7. Baylor 36, Kansas 35 (Oct. 21, 2006): Erasing an 18-point halftime deficit, quarterback Shawn Bell throws three touchdown passes in the last 9 ½ minutes and hits Dominique Zeigler for the game-winner with 1:08 left.
6. Baylor 33, #20 North Carolina State 30 (Sept. 19, 1998): Gary Baxter blocks the potential game-tying field with four seconds left.
5. Baylor 47, Kansas State 42 (Oct. 23, 2010): Jay Finley rushes for a school-record 250 yards and Robert Griffin III passes for a career-high 404 yards as the Bears become bowl eligible for the first time in Big 12 era.
4. Baylor 21, Texas 20 (Nov. 21, 1992): Head coach Grant Teaff is carried off the field after his final game at The Case and his 10th career win over the Longhorns.
3. Baylor 52, #2 Kansas State 24 (Nov. 17, 2012): Something funny happened on K-State's way to the BCS championship game. Lache Seastrunk rushes for 185 yards and caps the scoring with an 80-yard TD run in the third quarter.
2. Baylor 35, #16 Texas A&M 34, OT (Oct. 30, 2004): Bell connects with Zeigler on a 12-yard TD pass and then hooks up with him again on a gutsy two-point conversion for BU's first win over the Aggies in 19 years.
1. #22 Baylor 45, #5 Oklahoma 38 (Nov. 19, 2011): In RG3's Heisman moment, the junior QB hits Terrance Williams for a 34-yard TD strike with eight seconds left to give the Bears their first-ever win over OU.
To The Case, thanks for the memories. And here's to making a few more in 2013.