Baylor fans have been told for over a decade that Baylor can't compete in the Big 12, that we should just go to some second-tier conference. Now our time has come: Baylor beat Texas to clinch the outright Big 12 football championship! Baylor fans believed it could happen, Baylor hired a coach who believed it could happen, he instilled the team with a belief that it could happen, and now Baylor will represent the Big 12 in their first BCS bowl! Sic' em Bears!
|Field view from the south end zone.|
|Home away from home for 6 or 7 days a year. . . .|
|These crazy fans must have been a bit chilly!|
For the last time, the Baylor Line ran the field, led by Baylor Santa. I know this is one tradition that will be preserved at the new stadium. It will be fun to see what new game day traditions emerge at Baylor Stadium.
The game itself was looking like it would be a low-scoring defensive struggle. They went into halftime tied 3-3, after Baylor's kicker missed 2 of his 3 field goal attempts. The defense stopped Texas, including a blocked field goal, but our offense kept getting stopped, too. That all changed in the second half. I'm not sure what got the team fired up, but they came out of the locker room on fire. They scored TDs on their first 2 possessions in the 3rd quarter, and then a field goal on their third. Now with a 17 point lead, the energy of the freezing crowd, and a hyped-up sideline, the Bears maintained for a solid 30-10 victory.
|I like Baylor's throwback uniforms. I'm not sure Texas ever changes their uniforms.|
|They had to break out the cold weather gear for this game. |
They must have been a few jackets short and had to share.
|Dale Connally was the final faculty member ever to be honored at Floyd Casey!|
|Mom and Dad. The greatest Baylor fans ever!|
Thanks for all the memories (and all the game tickets!)
|My oldest sister, Laura, class of 1985.|
|Since we had a full contingent for this game, the boys say on the east side.|
That's Evan in the blue, Elliot in the yellow, and Drew in green,
near the top of the stands in section R.
And the celebration begins!
|The last time Baylor won a conference championship, I was in 6th grade.|
That's a long time ago!
|No word on whether the scoreboard was left on all night,|
or whether anyone slept on the field! I kind of doubt it. . . .
And now, on to the Fiesta Bowl!