The No. 3 Trojans got a taste of them Baylor Bears way back in 1985, and they didn't like it, none.
Give me some Bear Bullets...
- The 1985 Baylor Bears finished 9-3 with a trip to the Liberty Bowl to their name.
- Baylor finished 1985 ranked 17th in the final AP Poll and beat 12th ranked LSU in said Liberty Bowl.
- Baylor lost heartbreakers to Arkansas and Texas in '85's final three weeks that knocked the Bears out of the Cotton Bowl Race.
- Baylor alternated two competent quarterbacks in Tom Muecke and Commander Cody Carlson. Commander Cody must be considered the greatest Baylor quarterback in the NFL. Right?
- The Bears stopped USC's famed "student body right" play at the three-yard line to preserve the win in a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter.
- USC was an eleven point favorite heading into the contest and ranked 3rd in the AP Poll.
- The Trojan quarterback was none other than Sean Salisbury, though he gave way to Rodney Pete later in the season.
- USC missed a field goal and had an extra point try blocked as well in the September matchup with the Bears.
- In the week leading up to kick off, the Trojans announced a slew of NCAA violations ranging from T-shirt giveaways to recruits to impermissible contact to compensating players. Assistant coach Russ Purnell resigned over the infractions.
Enjoy a little Baylor/USC from way back in 1985. Thanks to BaylorSports on YouTube for keeping history alive.