We Are B-U! We Are UNPRECEDENTED!!! Baylor Nation is about to descend upon San Antonio and raise the roof on the Alamo Bowl!!!!!
Basketball held up their end of the bargain beating Mississippi State last night while Baylor Nation largely watched from San Antonio.
With a win tonight in the Valero Alamo Bowl, Baylor will have its first 10 win season since 1980 and the Baylor Trinity (#1 wbb, soon to be #5 mbb and #12 football will have done what no other school has ever done before. Go completely undefeated in all 3 major sports for November and December (what we around here call Nocember)!!!
Let’s get to 31-0
Sock spoiler alert!!! (they’re Sponge Bobs)…
In this interview on ESPN on 12/28/11, RG3 discusses life after the Heisman and the coolest thing to happen to him since winning it.
Check it out…
Just two days from now, Baylor will appear in it’s second consecutive bowl game. Top to bottom, there’s hardly a better athletics department in the country – what with the Lady Bears being ranked #1, men’s basketball #6 and football #12.
On top of that, none of the 3 major sports have lost a game since October. I’m not sure this has ever been done before, but since no one can easily prove it has, we’ll just say this is another collegiate first.
That said, the crown jewel of any college sports program is FOOTBALL. We need to close out the season on Thursday with a big W and continue to cement ourselves as one of the top football programs in the country.
Baylor drew a huge crowd for the Texas Bowl last year. It also set a record of the second largest crowd EVER in the history of the NCAA tourney for an Elite 8 game versus Duke, a game the Bears would have likely won if not for a questionable charge call on Quincy Acy.
Rumors are they are adding extra seating at the Valero Alamo Bowl and only single seats are available. Better get your tickets before it’s too late!
Here’s a look at several records for the Alamo Bowl, not the least of which is the all time attendance record held by Penn St. vs A&M of 66,166.
MOST POINTS – GAME
66, Nebraska (vs. Northwestern), 12/30/00*
41, Texas Tech (vs. Michigan State), 1/2/10
MOST POINTS – HALF CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS AWESOME POST…
In what may be unprecedented in the history of college sports, Baylor has gone undefeated in November and December (i.e. Nocember) in the three major sports. Top to bottom, Baylor has had one of the most successful athletics departments in the country for years, but the last two months, we’ve done something even Baylor has never done before.
Check out the results below of #12 Baylor Football, #6 Baylor Men’s Basketball and #1 Baylor Women’s Basketball…
|#12 Baylor Football|
|#6 Baylor Men’s Basketball|
|11/1/2011||Abilene Christian (Ex)||81-54||W|
|11/15/2011||San Diego St||77-67||W|
|11/22/2011||South Carolina St||70-50||W|
|11/29/2011||Prarie View A&M||90-54||W|
|12/19/2011||Paul Quinn College||95-54||W|
|12/22/2011||St Mary’s (Las Vegas)||72-59||W|
|#1 Baylor Women’s Basketball|
|11/3/2011||St. Edwrads (Ex)||91-30||W|
|12/30/2011||Mississippi Valley St||TBD||TBD|
With Matt Barkley set to make an announcement this afternoon, Baylor’s Heisman winner RG3′s draft stock could go even higher. I suspect Matt Barkley is going to announce that he’s coming back.
I can only imagine the pressure Robert Griffin III may feel to come back and provide Baylor Nation with 1 more sterling season. With Phil Bennett getting more of his guys on the field and getting another year of seasoning under his belt, conference and national title hopes with RG3 returning are not out of the question. Just like the true test of curry is the day after, the same rings true with elite Defensive Coordinators like Phil Bennett the season after.
Also, although he doesn’t get as much press, Baylor’s greatest receiver of all time, depending on who you ask as Baylor has had some good ones, despite the media white washing the 100 years before Sloan and Stanton buried the Baylor football program, is up to #30 on the draft board.
Baylor, at this point, has totally debunked any theories that you can’t get drafted in the first round, or at all, by heading to Baylor. With the #2 pick in the draft (Jason Smith) and RG3 and KW going in the first round in this next year, if RG3 comes out, that would give Baylor 5 first round draft picks the last 3 drafts.
Not bad for a program that had reached the depths Baylor’s had just 4 years ago.
The TMZ folks seem mighty interested in the whereabouts of RG3 and what his next steps are regarding the NFL.
Although the NFL is certainly in his future, I have a feeling a run at a conference title, national title and becoming only the second Griffin to win the Heisman twice (with a side of London Olympics and Law School) may be in RG3′s future.
I can see it now, “I don’t always run the 400m Hurdles, but when I do, I do it for Baylor and American in London…”
Oh, and it’s worth mentioning, the world needs more RG2′s so we can be blessed with more RG3′s…
You can read the full article here…
When Robert Griffin III won the Heisman, he put Baylor into an elite list of schools who have won one of the 77 Heisman trophies. When looking at pure votes (the # of which change every year), RG3 is the 29th highest vote getter.
All told, 34% of the trophies have been won by 4 schools = Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma. I find it interesting that 3 of these 4 schools have a significant history of recruiting and other violations, but it’s not a rigged game.
37 schools have won the trophy. 21 schools have won 1. 7 schools have won 2. 5 schools have won 3. Oklahoma has won 5.
Of the schools that have won only one, you have an amazing list of programs with a couple of surprises:
Boston College: 1
Oklahoma State: 1
Oregon State: 1
Penn State: 1
South Carolina: 1
Texas A&M: 1
That’s some pretty interesting company. When you further break it down to who’s won since the leather football era, or to be fair, since integration and scholarship limits started to bring more parity, so let’s say since 1970, when the game started to be played more like it has been today, you have:
Here’s the full list of winners:
Notre Dame: 7
Ohio State: 7 (Note: Though Ohio State has won seven trophies, the school has just six winners, as Archie Griffin won the award twice)
Florida State: 2
Boston College: 1
Oklahoma State: 1
Oregon State: 1
Penn State: 1
South Carolina: 1
Texas A&M: 1
For those that follow college basketball, you understand how huge a win this was for the #6 Baylor Bears. This may be Scott Drew’s biggest non-conference win of his coaching career. It’s certainly in the top 5.
There is not an environment in the Big 12 as tough to win at as BYU’s Marriott Center. BYU, now playing basketball in the WCC after going independent this last year, had circled this game on the calendar for months and the atmosphere didn’t disappoint. 22,700 showed up expecting a win. You just don’t come into the Marriott Center, high in the Rocky Mountains and win. As a matter of fact, BYU was 48-1 in their last 49 non-conference home games.
This was almost a must win for BYU as the WCC does not typically put more than a team or two into the field of 64. The Bears came out swinging. Is anyone still questioning whether or not Brady Heslip can fill the 3 point shooting shoes of LaceDarius Dunn? Heslip buried 4 treys in the first 10 minutes of the game (and finished the game 6-10). Baylor led 18-13 early on and then it was all BYU until 2:29 left in the 1st when they led by 13.
The Bears showed huge poise and snatched snatched momentum heading into the break on the backs of a huge run to cut the 13 point deficit to 4 at the half.
Shockingly, at the 11 minute mark of the first half, Baylor, one of the biggest teams in the nation, if not the biggest, was being out=rebounded 14-0. BYU amassed 12 offensive rebounds to Baylor’s 2 in the first half alone. Clearly, there are learning opportunities to take away from this game.
You knew Scott Drew was going to make adjustments at the half so it was critical to see how we played coming out of the break. The first 5 minutes of the second half were a back and forth affair, with neither team gaining nor giving much ground.
Then for the next 10 minutes it was all Baylor. Perry Jones III came alive, at one point, scoring 6 straight points. Helsip did what Brady Heslip do – fillin it up. We made a huge dent in the rebounding advantage, but more importantly weathered every storm BYU and their fans threw at us in one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Kudos to BYU for not collapsing when it looked like Baylor was going to run away with it, up by 9 with a little over 6 minutes remaining.
PJ3 put a scare into Baylor Nation when he knocked knees with defenders, was on the ground for about 5 minutes and then went to the bench. As a matter of fact, the announcers on BYU-tv thought he was heading to the locker room, when in Blake Griffin-like miraculous knee healing fashion, PJ3 re-entered the game. It couldn’t have been at a better time as he had an above the rim offensive rebound put back to push a 1 point Baylor lead back to 3.
On the ensuing BYU possession, BYU’s Jimmer Jr. Matt Carlino (who scored 15 points in 15 minutes, including a critical double crossover fadeaway 3 to stem a game changing Baylor run and cutting a 9 point lead to 6), missed a wide open look to tie the game.
AJ Walton was fouled on the rebound and missed the front end of the 1 and 1 with 8 seconds left. Then, amazing happened.
As BYU worked for a last second 3 point attempt to tie the game, the ball landed in Brandon Davies hand, yes 6’8 Brandon Davies, whose first 3 point attempt of the year ended on the short end of one of the more athletic plays I have ever seen.
5’10 Pierre Jackson and his 40+” vertical jump skied to meet Davies’ shot attempt just as it was leaving his hand for his first block of the season.
I’ve hardly seen a more exciting game that had 2 lead changes the entire game. Kudos to our relatively young team of new comers in critical positions for walking into a snake pit and coming out with the dub.
I’d also like to say, can we please get BYU in the Big 12 now?!?
Seriously. What a great fan base. No one in the Big 12 has that kind or massive, rabid atmosphere. Kansas comes close but their field house holds 7,000 less fans.
I watched the game on BYU-tv online. Major props to their announcers who were complimentary of Baylor and made the game truly enjoyable to watch and listen, online…for free.
Finally, I’ve rarely seen a more class act as, before the game tipped off, the BYU fans stretchd out a 30′ wide sign congratulating Baylor’s Robert Griffin III for winning the Heisman. BYU’s Ty Detmer won the award in 1990 which was the last time a non-blue blood school won the award.
Odds and Ends
- Baylor won @ BYU for the first time since 1954
- Baylor had not played BYU since 1979
- BYU leads the all time series 5-3
- BYU comes to Waco next year to wrap up the home and home
- Scott Drew met BYU’s head coach before the game and said “Thanks for having us.” Elite teams do not accept offers to play @ BYU for the obvious reason – you rarely come out of their alive
- Baylor was out-rebounded for the first time this season
- Points in the paint – BU 16, BYU 25
- PJ3 scored a career high 28 points
- Going back to 2005, BYU had lost non-conference home games against #6 Wake Forest in 2009 and Loyola Marymount in 2005 in the first game of the season
- According to ESPN’s “What we learned Saturday” segment on their blog – Perry Jones can lead Baylor to a national championship
When Cal Ripken broke the Iron Man’s record, Chris Berman didn’t utter a word for 10 minutes. This will be short and sweet as it’s hard to improve upon a moment like this. I watched with my family as we anxiously waited to hear who would be announced. I hope Art Briles and Robert Griffin III know how loud the celebrations across the country were as Baylor Nation celebrated when the unthinkable occurred.
Baylor’s Robert Griffin III had just won the Heisman.
There’s not much else that can be said that Robert Griffin III didn’t already say. Pure class. He earned it and has represented Baylor like an elder statesman would. We as fans that stuck by this team through the leanest of years earned it. This Baylor team earned it.
Some of you may not appreciate how unprecedented this is. Only blue blood schools win this award. The dividends of this award are unmeasurable.
Soak it up Waco, Baylor Art Briles, Robert Griffin III.
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE A BAYLOR BEAR!
Some call him Superman. Well if so, Waco is now Metropolis!
PS Texas and Mack Brown, y’all said Baylor wouldn’t win the Heisman on your backs. Well, those that laugh last laugh loudest…