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Baylor Flashback - No. 15 Baylor 32, No. 20 SMU 28 - Oct. 11, 1980

Oct. 17, 2006

The No. 15 Baylor Bears made a shocking comeback and defeated the previously undefeated No, 20 SMU Mustangs, 32-28, on Oct. 11, 1980.

"One word describes this football team. That word is `character'. It is hard to beat a team that won't be beat," coach Grant Teaff said.

Trailing 21-0 at the beginning of the second quarter, Baylor rallied for a pair of second quarter touchdowns to cut the lead to 21-14. However, SMU responded at the start of the third quarter as the Mustangs boosted their lead to 28-14 with a 14-yard scoring pass.

Baylor would answer the drive with an 18-0 run; however, as the Bears would pull out the dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Robert Bledsoe kicked a 35-yard field goal and Jay Jeffrey scored a touchdown before passing to Phillip Ward for a two-point conversion to narrow the score to 28-25 to close the third quarter.

Jeffrey's touchdown in the fourth quarter closed the game with a victory for the Bears.

"We really hadn't been in that kind of situation (trailing 21-0) thus far but we responded like winners do," halfback Walter Abercrombie said. "The whole team was determined at halftime and the defense did a great job to hold them out and win the game."

Jeffrey scored on runs of three, two and six yards to give Baylor is first 5-0 mark in 20 years. He was also named player of the week for his performance against SMU.

The Bears won five of the next six games as Baylor claimed the 1980 Southwest Conference title. Baylor appeared at the Cotton Bowl against Alabama and was ranked 14th in the nation by the Associated Press.

 

 

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