My wife was our 3.5-year-old daughter’s age the last time the Baylor Bears football team beat the Texas Longhorns in Austin.
And sophomore sensation Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III was just a baby, pushing 1.5 years old and likely driving his parents crazy getting into anything and everything possible.
However, I digress.
Today, I am here to talk about the 2010 Baylor football team and the rise of the Bears.
I've always missed the '90s.
Now, I am being taken back to those times courtesy of coach Art Briles, QB Griffin III, and his always-believing and somehow-achieving teammates.
Baylor had not garnered a win over Texas since November 1997, the last time the Bears beat the Horns in Waco.
The last time Baylor beat Texas in Austin was 1991, when both teams were members of the now-defunct Southwest Conference.
Nineteen years later, history has finally repeated itself.
The Bears battled back against the free-falling Horns on Saturday night in Austin.
First, Baylor found itself down 9-3 before a quick-scoring strike gave the Bears a 10-9 lead with under two minutes remaining until halftime.
However, Texas marched down the gridiron and drilled a last-second field goal to give the home team a 12-10 lead at the half.
Then, it really looked like the Longhorns were going to begin cruising as Texas quickly jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the third quarter of play.
That’s when the Bears truly awoke from hibernation.
First, Baylor’s Jay Finley broke free for a 69-yard rushing touchdown to cut the Horns’ lead to 19-17.
Shortly thereafter, Griffin III scored a one-yard quarterback-keeper before connecting with receiver Kendall Wright for a 30-yard scoring strike—pushing the Bears lead to 30-19.
Texas was forced to kick another field goal late in the fourth quarter, as Baylor’s defense stood its ground once again, cutting the away team’s lead to 30-22.
And that was pretty much when the fat lady began to sing.
The Longhorns had one final gasp of breath when connecting on a 3rd-and-long from inside its own 20-yard line, only to fumble the ball—with the Bears’ Rodney Chadwick pouncing on the loose pigskin.
From there, all Baylor had to do was kneel out the final seconds of the game.
This season, Griffin III has thrown for 2,592 passing yards with 20 touchdowns while garnering 410 rushing yards with seven touchdowns on the ground.
Griffin III turns 21 in mid-February 2011.
And even with four-plus months remaining until that day, the Baylor play-caller has already both given and received a remarkable birthday gift.
He also has two more years with the Bears football team, giving the city of Waco and die-hard Baylor fans hope for the future for the first time in ages.
With three more games left in the 2010 regular season, the 7-1 Bears—amassing a 4-1 conference mark and pushing the Bears to first-place in the Big 12 South—will be looking to solidify an already amazing year.
There’s no doubt Baylor is bowl-bound.
Now, it’s a matter of what bowl; and with the way things are looking, BU could be receiving quite an impressive bid come late December.
No, hell has not frozen over and the world isn’t coming to an end.
But the Baylor football team really IS a contending conference foe this year, and they continue to prove that every single game.
Watch out world, Baylor's gridiron group is the team to beat in 2010.
Sic ‘em Bears!
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at email@example.com
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