Throwback Thursday: 1980 SMU at Baylor

With SMU and Baylor set to renew their rivalry Saturday in Waco #TBT takes us back 36 years ago, to a simpler time, and another SMU Baylor contest at the now demolished Floyd Casey Stadium. All this is through the prism of the old Grant Teaff show. 

We miss coach's shows. They were a great source for propaganda and delusion. Bring them back. Please.

Give us some Baptist/Methodist Bullets!

SMU's Ron Meyer

SMU's Ron Meyer

- SMU were in the fifth year of the Ron Meyer rebuild. Meyer won 16 games from 1976 to 1979. From 1980 to '81 Meyer's Mustangs won 18 games.

- His '80 team went 8-4, beating Texas when the Longhorns were ranked number 2 in the country, SMU's first win over the Horns in 14 seasons. 

- Eric Dickerson and Craig James were both pups on the 1980 SMU team, just sophomores. Dickerson finished third on the SWC all time rushing list. James sits at eighth.

- SMU would lose an EPIC Holiday Bowl to Lavel Edwards and BYU.

- 1980 was Grant Teaff's greatest season at Baylor. The Bears would win 10 games, his only 10 or more win season. The Bears wouldn't win 10 again until Art Briles 2011 team did it. 

- Baylor went 10-2 in 1980, the Bears only regular season loss was to San Jose State at home. San Jose State was coached by one Jack Elway. His kid went onto what could be considered a decent pro career. 

Walter Abercrombie

Walter Abercrombie

- Baylor's Walter Abercrombie remains the Bears all-time rushing yards leader. A mark that Shock Linwood could eclipse this season. 

- Jay Jeffrey was Baylor's quarterback in 1980, he transferred to Waco from the University of Missouri. 

- His older brother Neal led the Bears to the 1974 SWC title. Jay led them to the 1981 title and a Cotton Bowl birth against Alabama. 

- Baylor legend Mike Singletary out of Houston Worthing held down the middle linebacker position. 

- Singletary was All-SWC three years in a row and an All-American two years at Baylor.

Enjoy the Grant Teaff show and the 1980 SMU/Baylor game.

Posted on September 8, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.