Welcome to Throwback Thursday, Holy War Edition. We go way back to 1991 and Jim Wacker vs. Grant Teaff at Floyd Casey Stadium. The 22nd ranked Bears were calling this the most important game of their season. Jim Wacker's Frogs? Not so much.
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- TCU entered the October matchup having won five of their first six, including wins at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
- Wacker was in his 9th and final season in Fort Worth. He compiled a 40-58-2 record with TCU. In 1992 he was coaching Minnesota. In five years in the land of 1,000 lakes, Wacker won just 16 games.
- The Frog's quarterback Tim Schade was passing phenomena through the first six games, completing 62% of his throws for over 1,200 yards.
- Schade was Wacker's nephew and took over as the starter from the pride of Gladewater, Leon Clay, shortly into the season.
- Matt Vogler got some work as well, even though his 1991 season thought to be overdue to extensive burns received during a cooking accident, or as well call it, going full George Gervin.
- Wacker's offense of choice was the veer early on, but he caught the Run-and-Shoot bug as everyone else did and by 1991 the Frogs were throwing it around like a hot potato.
- TCU finished 1991 with a 7-4 record.
- Baylor entered the pivotal TCU game reeling from a loss to eventual SWC champ A&M at home.
- Teaff was on record saying the TCU game was the most important of the Bear's season.
- Baylor upset Bill McCartney's #12 ranked CU Buffs in the second game of the season and won their first five games before losing to a very good Rice squad and A&M in back to back weeks.
- The great J.J. Joe quarterbacked the Bears, throwing for 1,800 yards. The Arlington Lamar product left Baylor with his name all over the Baylor record book.
- Baylor also featured Robert Strait, though he didn't play in this game. Strait was part of perhaps the most heated recruiting battle in the State. Texas allegedly offered to un-retire Earl Campbell's #20 if Strait came to Austin. The Cuero product chose Baylor but never lived up to his recruiting hype.
- Baylor's defense featured three-time All SWC and future pro Santana Dotson at defensive end. Dotson played on the Jack Yates team that won the state title in 1985 before he moved up to Waco.
Enjoy the Revivalry before it was cool.