After 1982's rather disappointing 4-6-1 season, in which they were 5th in the Southwest Conference, Cody Carlson, Gerald McNeil and Alfred Anderson led the Bears to a tie for 3rd in the SWC and the Bluebonnet Bowl.
The opening game against BYU in Waco, the first-ever meeting the Baptists and the Mormons, was a classic. Late in the 4th quarter, Baylor trailed 36-33. The Bears methodically moved the ball down the field, capping the drive with Anderson leaping over the crowd for the touchdown with 49 seconds left. This was BYU's only loss for the season. Steve Young led the Cougars to win the WAC and beat Missouri in the Holiday Bowl, ending the season ranked in the top 10. Someone posted the final drive on YouTube!
I was 14 during the 1983 football season. Elliot will be 14 for this year's season. Here's hoping we'll see some upsets, a winning record, and a bowl game!
Relive the pain! The 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl is on YouTube, too!
The Baylor Libraries Athletic Archive has a neat scrapbook of the 1983 football season that Marjorie Hayden put together for Grant Teaff.