Oct. 12, 2008
By J.P. Charbonnet, media relations student assistant
With the Bears coming off a close road win and the SMU Ponies losing their first game of the season, the stage was set for an upset. The 16th ranked Ponies looked to reclaim their national status, but the Bears stole the show with a thrilling 21-14 victory.
The Bears came out ready to play in front of a SMU crowd which amounted to 42,112 fans. The Bears had a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to Baylor's walk-on kicker, Tyler Syler.
With the first Bear's possession of the second quarter, Ralph Stockemer scored off a Tom Muecke pass. Baylor successfully attempted a two-point conversion when Muecke hit Derrick McAdoo in the end zone.
SMU was not about to let this game get away. They immediately executed a touchdown drive to get within seven points of the Bears. Then with 0:17 seconds remaining in the first half, the Ponies scored to tie the game. SMU had stolen the momentum back from the Bears.
SMU came out in the second half looking to take over the game. After forcing a Baylor punt, SMU then drove the ball 91 yards. Fortunately, the Bears forced a crucial fumble at their own two-yard line to stop the Ponies' attack.
Baylor's defense stiffened up for the rest of the game. It did not allow the SMU offense a first down following the fumble.
The Baylor offense finally started something after an uneventful third quarter. Muecke scored the go-ahead touchdown that was set up by a 23-yard strike to Robert Williams three plays prior.
"That drive may have been the most important offensive series that we have had all year," Muecke said after the game. "I really can't single out any player... it was simply a total team effort."
Nine of the last thirteen meetings between these teams have been decided by a touchdown or less. This exciting game just added to the tradition.
Baylor took this momentum on to finish their season with a 21-7 point victory over LSU in the 1985 Liberty Bowl.