Throwback Thursday: 1994 Baylor vs. Rice

In honor of Rice and Baylor resuming hostilities Friday night we bring you the 1994 Baylor Rice matchup straight outa Youtube. In two parts! It's the Ken Hatfield, thanks to equinometrics from the Youtube for preserving history and keeping 'Merica great. 

Let's get to some Hatfield Bullets!

- The Bears were coached by Chuck Ready who, in 1994, was in his second season replacing the legendary Grant Teaff. 

- Reedy didn't have the success of his predecessor, but hey, we can't all be legends. Reedy lasted 4 seasons winning a grand total of 23 games. 

- Baylor's quarterback in 1994 was former A&M Consolidated great Jeff Watson. Watson started 35 games for the Bears from 1994-'97. He won a total of 17 games. Considering what came in the next decade for the Bears, Watson should be considered a hero. 

Baylor Great Jerod Douglas

Baylor Great Jerod Douglas

- Former Judson great Jerod Douglas was also on the Bear's squad in 1994. Douglas' high water mark came in 1995 when rushed for 1,114 yards. Douglas ended his Judson career as 5A's leading rusher and his Baylor career second to only Walter Abercrombie in career rushing yards. 

- The Bears finished 1994 season 7-5 losing to those pesky Washington State Cougars in the Alamo Bowl and sharing the SWC title.

- Rice was coached by the great Ken Hatfield. Hatfield coached at Air Force, Arkansas, and Clemson before coming to West U. 

- Hatfield was a purveyor of the timeless wishbone option offense. It was beautiful to watch when executed properly. 

- In 1994 Hatfield performed a miracle at Rice - Winning a share of the Southwest Conference. Along with five other teams. 

1994 SWC Standings

School Overall Wins Overall Losses Ties Overall Win % Conf. Wins Conf. Losses Conf. Ties Conf . Win %
Texas A&M (ineligible) 10 0 1 0.955 6 0 1 0.929
Texas 8 4 0 0.667 4 3 0 0.571
Baylor 7 5 0 0.583 4 3 0 0.571
TCU 7 5 0 0.583 4 3 0 0.571
Texas Tech 6 6 0 0.5 4 3 0 0.571
Rice 5 6 0 0.455 4 3 0 0.571
Houston 1 10 0 0.091 1 6 0 0.143
SMU 1 9 1 0.136 0 6 1 0.071

- Due to Texas A&M's NCAA difficulties, the SWC became awash in 4-3 teams including the Owls. Heck Baylor tied for the league title.  Ultimately Texas Tech qualified for the Cotton Bowl by virtue of never having gone before. They acquitted themselves terribly, losing to USC 55-14. But hey, the Owls and four other teams have a banner.

- Rice's quarterback was the great Josh LaRocca out of San Antonio Clark. LaRocca went on to a brief NFL career but more importantly a stint with the Rein Fire of the World League. 

- Rice's leading rusher in 1994 was Spencer George, he currently sits 11th on the Rice all-time rushing yards list. 

Enjoy the beauty of the option and the Ken Hatfield show...

Posted on September 15, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.