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Oct. 20, 1995

Baylor-A&M game promises classic contest between old SWC rivals

By Edward A. Sanchez

Staff Writer for The Lariat

Saturday's contest between the Baylor Bears and the Texas A&M Aggies will mark another chapter in a spirited rivalry that has lasted 96 years and has featured some of the greatest games in the Southwest Conference.

It has been 10 years since Baylor has beaten Texas A&M, and this Saturday, the odds for a victory by the Bears look better than ever. The Bears' 4-1 record tops the Aggies' 3-2 standing, a first since 1990. In addition, the Bears have already defeated one of the Aggies' losses, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who they defeated 9 to 7 in Waco.

Texas A&M has been a formidable foe for Baylor through the years. The first game between the schools was held in 1899, in which the Aggies soundly trounced the Bears 33-0. Since 1899, Baylor's record against the Aggies stands at 29-53-9.

Even under the the legendary 20-year tenure of Grant Teaff, the Bear's record stood at 7-11-2. Under Teaff, the Bears enjoyed the longest winning streak against A&M in series history from 1978-81.

Of the last nine games, the Aggies have been victorious in eight of them. Over the past 17 years, A&M leads the series 9-6-2. Baylor's last victory over the Aggies was in 1985 when the Bears won at home, 20 to15. In 1990, the teams tied 20 to 20 in College Station.

The Baylor-A&M series has not been without incidence. The Bears' 1926, 20 to 9 home victory against A&M was tempered by the death of an A&M student during a melee.

Like the Baylor-A&M games of the past, Saturday's game promises to bring to Floyd Casey Stadium one of the largest crowds in Baylor's history. Of the top ten most attended home games in Baylor history, four of them have been against A&M. The largest turnout was on Oct. 26, 1974, in which 51,200 fans turned out to root for their team.

Saturday's game should rank in the top 10 attended home games in history.

Dave Clendennen, athletic business accounting controller, said, 'We should have 50,000. We'll work it out so that if somebody wants to come, they can come.'

Unlike this season's games against Houston, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University and Rice, Saturday will not be the last conference showdown between the two schools. Texas A&M will join Baylor, the University of Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12, which should provide more fertile ground for this long, intense rivalry.

Friday, October 20, 1995

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