Baylor Stadium History
Our History
The story of Baylor football begins over 113 years ago in an on-campus field adjacent to beautiful academic buildings.

In 1899 Baylor played its first football game, defeating Toby's Business College, a small business training school in Waco. Days later, Baylor squared off in its second contest facing Add-Ran Christian University - later renamed Texas Christian University (TCU).

Baylor's toughest opponent in this inaugural year, Texas A&M University, had been fielding football teams for the previous five years.

Just two years later, in 1901, Baylor played its first football game against the University of Texas and in 1916 faced Southern Methodist University for the first of many spirited contests.

Our Growth
Fast forward the Baylor football story to 1950. The Bears opened their season in Floyd Casey Stadium, a new home about 4 miles from campus.

That year, All-America quarterback Larry Isbell led Baylor to its second straight Southwest Conference runner-up finish. In the 1960s, coach John Bridgers and quarterback Don Trull introduced not just Waco fans but the entire college game to the pro-style, pass-heavy offense that has since become common nationwide.

Legendary head coach Grant Teaff's 21-year tenure roaming the Floyd Casey sidelines began in the 1970s and one of his pupils, Mike Singletary, made his name here breaking helmets and pounding opponents.

It was also in Floyd Casey Stadium where in 1974, after "Miracle on the Brazos," President Herbert Reynolds spent the night under the light of the scoreboard, which read "Baylor 34, Texas 24" as the team made their way to the SWC Championship.

Our Moment
Today, and for nearly 20 years, Baylor has been a part of the Big 12 Conference.

Under the inspired leadership of Coach Art Briles, Baylor enjoys a national following fueled by the Heisman watch and coverage of Baylor's first Heisman Trophy winner, capped off with a 10-win season and the high-powered Alamo Bowl shootout. The Alamo Bowl drew a television audience of 5.1 million households, to become the fifth most-watched non-BCS bowl game in ESPN history and the most-watched non-BCS bowl game of the year.

Baylor's place in the Big 12 puts the Bears at the table in one of the nation's top conferences, with an automatic BCS bid and television partners that provide national exposure for Baylor University on a weekly basis. With a Heisman Trophy winner and a top 15 finish to the 2011 season, Baylor football is poised to move ahead as not just a member, but a leader in the Big 12 Conference.

Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy win certainly represents a high point in Baylor football history - but it's not the pinnacle. It's another flag planted on the climb, another notch tallied on the belt, as the program pushes forward into the upper echelon of college football.