I don't know who narrates these videos but we need someone to replicate his voice in 2017. Either that or we can keep dying slowly listening to Mark May. From 1955 the Bears and Owls live and without facemasks. Thanks to FootballVideoNetwork for keeping history alive.
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- Baylor was coached by George Sauer who was one of the more successful BU coaches of the era. Sauer won 63% of his games in Waco. He led the Bears to two bowl games in a time when going to bowl games was a big deal.
- The 1955 Baylor squad finish 5-5 with a schedule that included #1 Maryland and a string of top fifteen teams in Washington, Texas A&M, and TCU.
- Baylor started the year 4-1 before a four game skid did them in.
- Sauer went on to become GM of the New York Titans and Boston Patriots of the AFL.
- He was Baylor's athletic director from 1950 to 1958. He was considered an offensive genius for the era.
- Speaking of geniuses, the great Jess Nealy was the head man at Rice. Nealy coached the Owls for 27 years, won three SWC titles, and finished in the AP Final Top 10 three times.
- The Owls opened the 1955 season ranked 11th in the country and beat Alabama, tied LSU, and beat #16 Clemson to start the year. Then things fell apart.
- The Owls lost seven straight to end the year. The game with A&M typified the Owl's season. Rice led A&M 12-0 with four minutes to go in the fourth when A&M rallied to score 21 straight in an unheard of comeback for the era.
- Future #1 overall pick King Hill quarterbacked the Owls partway in 1955.
- Rice was outscored 132-33 in SWC play.
- TCU won the SWC title in 1955 and finished 6th in the final AP poll.
Enjoy the Bears and Owls from 1955.