The Waco Citizen from Waco, Texas on December 30, 1983 · Page 6
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PAGE 6, THE WACO CITIZEN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1983 sports... Thinkin’ Out Loud Edd Fadal Citizen Newspapers Sports Editor Bluebonnet History Rich This Year’s Bears A Special Breed Grant Teaff will be taking his fourth Baylor Bear edition to the 25th Anniversary Bluebonnet Bowl classic. Under the genial head coach, the Bears have captured two Southwest Conference championships and have represented the conference as host team in the Cotton Bowl. Teaffs Bruins have also highlighted the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. Teaff coached the Bears to a 7-3-1 record in 1976 only to be ignored by the various bowl selection Committees. This year, unfortunately, several teams have received bowl invitations with a dismal 6-5 season. In 1963, the manipulative Hayden Fry carried his SMU Mustangs to the Sun Bowl with an incredible 4-6-0 record! And if that wasn’t bad enough. Fry’s Mustangs Sun bowlers stumbled to Oregon, 14-20! it remains a mystery just why the 1976 Baylor Bears had no appeal to the various bowls with their fine 7-3-1 season record, defeating such stalwarts as Auburn. Illinois, South Carolina, S.M.tl., Rice, Texas, and T.C.U. The tie game was with Arkansas. Losses came at the hands of Houston, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The 1983 Baylor Bears were of a very special breed. Relegated all the way from fifth place to the cellar in preseason media and coaches’ prognastications, the scrappy ScU * Pix BLUEBONNET BOWL: BAYLOR OVER OKLAHOMA STATE by 14 points. LIBERTY BOWL: BOSTON COLLEGE OVER NOTRE DAME by 10 points. GATOR BOWL: FLORIDA OVER IOWA by 14 points. PEACH BOWL: NORTH CAROLINA OVER FLORIDA STATE by 3 points. (The LEMON of all bowls! • FIESTA BOWL: OHIO STATE OVER PITTSBURG by 7 points. COTTON BOWL: TEXAS OVER GEORGIA by 10 points. SUGAR BOWL: AUBURN OVER MICHIGAN by 17 points. ORANGE BOWL: MIAMI OVER NEBRASKA by 3 points. ROSE BOWL: ILLINOIS OVER UCLA by 3 pom ts. and inexperienced “Pamper’s Kids” (as labeled by Grant Teaff ) made a run of it with key victories over heralded Brigham Young, UT El Paso, Houston, TCU, Tulane, Arkansas and Rice. A heart-rending loss to Texas Tech in the third game of the season served as a stimulus to spur the young Bears on. despite injuries to starting personnel with each week’s games. Injuries were devastating to Teaffs charges but somehow, someway, they found a way to rise to the occasion as the season wore on. Finally, in the season’s closing game against Texas, the offensive Bears, banged, bruised and hurting, pulled themselves together and fought the Longhorns nationally ranked defense into a showdown which nearly gave (he underdog Bears a giant victory. It was not to be, however, bu( a Bluebonnet bowl invitation awaited the gallant Bruins as they began to dress for the long ride home from Austin. Concensus among sports writers and broadcasters covering the 1983 Baylor Bears, was that Grant Teaff performed his finest coaching job in his 12 years at the local school. In commemoration, Teaff was named SWC Coach of the Year, a fitting tribute to a job well done bv Teaff and his entire coaching staff. While Baylor’s Bluebonnet foe, Oklahoma State, is favored by the bookies and Jimmy the Greek by one point. Green and Gold players and partisans don’t buy one ounce of that thinking. The positive-thinking Bears know better and will be ready for the Okie Cowpokes. Physically, Teaffs Bruins are in top shape and are eager to continue their winning ways as they have all season. Ingredients such as intense effort and desire, the great offensive line, the strong running of Alfred Anderson, the great right arm of Quarterback “Newcomer of the Year,” Cody Carlson with the aid of muscle men Allen Rice. Ralph Stockemer, Mark Adickes. Greg Bomkamp, John Breit. Brian Camp, Mark Cochran, Pat Coryatt, Kevin Hancock, Mark Johnson, Steve Malpass, Paul Mergenhagen. Ervin Randle, Kent Townsend. Broderick Sargent, Alan Jamison. Clark Hood. Joel Barrett. Johnny Subia and Aaron Grant, the Bears will prevail. Let us not fail to mention speedsters. Gerald McNeil and Bruce Davis. More than 27,000 Baylor fans will be watching the piweedings, and a sell-out crowd of over 55.000 fans won’t have to worry about the weather. The Astrodome, the eighth wonder of the world, maintains a 72 degree, no wind year ‘round temperature. Kickoff at 7 p.m. with a giant band performance beginning at 5 p.m. Local telecast over Channel 10 (Mi/Jou > and ESPN Cable. Facts, Highlights On Bears BAY LOR defeated each of its non-conference opponents in I9S3 »Brigham Young 40-36. UTEP 20-6 and Tulane 24-1 Si and that marked the first 3-0 against non-SWC teams since 197b (Auburn IS-14. Illinois 34 H and South Carolina 1S- 17». , OKLAHOMA State, prior to 19Ss, was known as Oklahoma A&M and was the original member of the SWC along with Bavlor. Southwestern. Texas A&M Louisiana State. Arkansas and Texas. Oklahoma A&M dropped out of the conference in 192b. Bavlor holds a 9-2 all- time advantage over Oklahoma State and stands 13-14 against members of the Big Eight Conference. Grant Teaff-coached Bavlor teams are 1-1 against Oklahoma State and 2-6 versus the Big Eight. Seven Baylor fumbles helped the Cowboys capture a 20-7 win over the Bears in Teaffs (19721 first season at Baylor. However, the Bears gained revenge in the 1974 SWC chamionship year with a 31-14 upset victory in Waco. An 84-yard scoring pass from Neal Jeffrey to Steve Beaird keyed that win for Baylor. SEVENTEEN Baylor regulars are from the Greater Houston area, site for the Bluebonnet Bowl. Goin^ home for New Years are Gregg Bomkamp I Spring i, Boyd Brigman (Memorial*. Mark Cochran (Sam Rayburn», Pat Coryatt (Baytown Leei, Keith Coulter < Brazosport i, Ross Elmore (Memorial i. Kevin Hancock (Texas City I, Alan Jamison (Westchester». Marty Jimmerson (Stratford», Byron Lewis (Baytown Lee», Derrick M c A d o o (Northwest Academy», Tommy Mc- CUntock (Sam Rayburn I, Tom Muecke (Angleton». • Ben Perry (Texas City», Allen Rice (Klein», Johnny Thomas (Sterlingi and Robert Williams (Galveston Ball». SINCE Grant Teaff became head coach in 1972. Baylor annually fields a vquad consisting mostly of Texans. Only eight of Baylor’s u»p 90 players list home somewhere else but Texas. One of these eight, defensive end Derek Turner of Edmond, will be facing his native state in Oklahoma State. BAYLOR has suffered 13 injuries to top defensive personnel this year. Missing at least one game due to injurv were lineman Greg Bomkamp and Don Boeker. linebackers Clark Hood. Alan Jamison. John Breit and Kevin Hancock. cornerbacks Anthonv Coleman. Bvron Lewis. John Casey and Thomas Everett and safeties lack Hurd, Grey Stogner and Johnny Subia. THE Baylor-Oklahoma State contest will be broadcast on the Baylor Football Radio Network with Frank Fallon and Don Trull handling the plav-bv plav and color. Trull, the former Baylor all America quarterback was voted the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl M»>st Outstanding Back after completing 26 of 37 passes for 2SS yards in Baylor's 14 7 triumph over Louisiana State. Carrying the 19S3 action will be KWKC-AM (Abilene». KWAS-FM (Amarillo». KIXL-AM (Austin», Records Set In 1983 In 1983. Baylor established 12 new school records and also tied two others. The new school record holders INDIVIDUAL 1 MOST PASSES CAUGHT—CAREER 163 for 2651 yards and 17 TD by Gerald McNeil (198083» (Note: The 163 catches is second for career receptions in the SWC behind Emanuel Tolbert who caught 171 for SMU between 1976-79.) 2: MOST POINTS SCORED—CAREER 36 TDs and 2 2-PAT for 220 points by Alfred Anderson (1980-83» (Note, the 220 points is tenth most for career points in the SWC. Bill Burnett leads the pack with 294 points for Arkansas between 1968-70). 3: MOST YARDS RECEIVED PASSES, ONE SEASON 1034 yards by Gerald McNeil in 1983 (Note. The 1034 yards Ls third most for single season pass reception yardage in SWC behind 1131 by SMU’s Jerry Levias in 1968 and 1041 by Emanuel Tolbert of SMU in 1978) 4: MOST YARDS RECEIVED PASSES, CAREER 2651 yards by Gerald McNeil (1980-83) (Note: The 2651 yards is third in career reception yardage in SWC behind 2784 by Emanuel Tolbert of SMU and 2739 for TCU’s Mike Renfro between 1974-77.) 5: MOST TD PASSES CAUGHT, ONE SEASON 8 by Gerald McNeil and Bruce Davis in 1983 ties Lawrence Elkins for the school record. Elkins caught 8 scorina passes in 1963. (Note: Davis and McNeil tie five others for fifth place in the SWC single season touchdown receptions list. Emanuel Tolbert of SMU tops the .list with 11 caught in 1978.» 5: MOST TDs, CAREER 36 by Alfred Anderson (1980-83» (Note: The 36 touchdowns ties with Steve Worster of Texas for fifth place in the SWC career touchdowns list.) 7 MOST YARDS RETURNED ON PUNTS, CAREER 884 by Gerald McNeil 1980-83 8: LONGEST KICKOFF RUNBACK 99 yards bv Bruce Davis vs. SMU 1983 TEAM 9 MOST YARDS PASSING, ONE SEASON 2468 by Baylor in 1983. 10: MOST FIRST DOWNS, ONE SEASON 254 by Baylor in 1983 (Note: the 254 first downs is fourth most in the SWC for a single season. In 1970, Texas made 280 first downs for the lead.) II: MOST FIRST DOWNS, ONE GAME 34 vs. Arkansas in 1983 (Note: the 34 first downs against Arkansas ties for fourth place in the SWC for a single game. Texas made 38 first downs against Baylor in 1968 for the all- time best.) 12: MOST TOUCHDOWNS, ONE SEASON 45 in 1983 (Note: most since records have been kept.) 13: MOST SCORING REGULAR SEASON (II game schedule) 325 points in 1983 14: MOST CONVERSIONS, ONE SEASON 34 in 1980 and 1983. KTRM-AM iBeaumont- Port Arthur». KOPY-AM (Corpus Christi-Alice ». KGOL-FM (Houston». K N I F - F M ( G i I m e r ». KOCA-AM (Kilgore». KMHT-AM (Longview- Marshall >. K I AK -FM (Lubbock», KCRS-AM (Midland-Odessa», KNBT- FM (New Braunfels». KWLW-FM (San Angelo». KTLR-FM (Terrell». KOOl-FM (Tyler. KWTX- FM iWaco» and KVWC- AM (Vernon». BAYLOR fans love bowl games. The Cotton Bwol reports that Baylor holds the top two spots in advance ticket sales from their department. Bavlor sold a record 24.722 tickets to the 1975 contest with Penn State and then followed with 24.554 for the 1981 game versus Alabama. SENIORS Mark Adickes. Grey Stogner. Mark Johnson, Mike Hetherly and Kent Townsend will make their third bowl trip since arriving at Baylor in 1979. The fifth- year players were included in the team party for the 1979 Peach and 1981 Cotton Bowls and now will be participating in the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl. ASSOCIATED PRESS honored eight Baylor players with SWC Player of the Week laurels in 1983. nu*st ever in school history. Voted the league’s best and the games in which they earned the awards were Alfred Anderson (Brigbam Young), Ervin Randle (Houston), Kent Townsend (UTEPt, Ralph Stockemer (TCU), Johnny Subia (Tulane» and Allen Rice, Tom Muecke and Cody Carlson (Arkansas). THE balance shown by the Baylor offense made the going tough for opponent’s defenses in 1983. For the season. Baylor made 254 first downs, 119 rushing. 111 passing and 24 by penalties. The Bears finished with 2047 net yards rushing and 2468 net yards passing. Twenty-four Baylor touchdowns were made on the ground and 20 through the air. OF Baylor’s top 53 players for the BlueBonnet Bowl. 43 will return for more action in 1984. The breakdown: 10 seniors. 16 juniors, 13 sophomores and 14 freshmen. However, Baylor made 4515 yards in 1983 and 3478 of that belongs to the seniors. During the 24 year history of the Bluebonnet Bowl some of the finest coaches, players and teams to . ever participate in collegiate football have been a part of this Houston tradition. This year’s 25th anniversary game on New Year’s eve at the Astrodome marks a milestone in college sports in our city. One with a rich-history and an even brighter future. Over the past several years the Bluebonnet Bowl has lured the top teams from the top conferences to Houston. In the past six years conferences such as the Pac-10 and the Big 10 have accepted bids to play here, making the game one of national interest and appeal. The Southwest, Southeast. Big 8 and Atlantic Coast Conferences have long been an important part of the game’s history. In 1959 when the game had is birth at Rice Stadium, Clemson of the ACC, rallied from a 7-3 deficit with 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat TCU of the SWC. 23-7. From that day on the Bluebonnet Bowl has gained in stature. And now 25 years later the game’s development and growth continues to soar. This year the Bluebonnet Bowl will a pay a minimum of $400,000 per team to participate in the game. The Bluebonnet Bowl was designed to achieve three objectives for the City of Houston. 1.» Boost the city’s economy. 2.» Raise funds for wor- . thy area charities. 3.» Project Houston into national prominence as a major Bowl city. All three objectives have mggggggszswg^^ KWTX Will Carry Game The Bluebonnet game will be televised starting at 7 p.m. on KWTX-TV, Channel 10, for Baylor fans. The game will match the Bears against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Announcers for the game will be Merle Harmon and Paul Maguire. Other channels carrying the game will be ESPN and WFAA, Channel 8, out of Dallas. Also Channels 7, 12 and 39. S2S2S25252S2S2S2S2S2SeS2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S252S2S2S2S2S2S2S2S2SZS2S2! been met with great success. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Council estimates that the game has generated approximately $30 million for the city. Over the years, charities such as Big Brothers & Sisters, Shriners Hospital, Boys Harbor, Texas Childrens Hospital and the Good Samaritan have benefited from the game. This year the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation is the game’s official charity. Because of the match-up of great teams each year, the Bluebonnet Bowl has received national recognition. In the last three years, five different coaches have been represented in the game. Last year Arkansas (SWC» defeated Florida (SECt, 28-24. In 1981, Michigan (Big 10» beat UCLA (Pac-10), 33-14 and in 1980 North Carolina (ACC» edged Texas (SWC» 16-7. This has given the game even balance and made the Astrodome’s colorful scoreboard a constant part of the action. Since the game moved to the Astrodome there has never been a shutout. There have been 742 points scored in 15 games since moving indoors which is a cumulative per game average of 49.46 points. This year the 1.000th point in the game’s history should be scored. Through 1982, 988 points have been registered. The Bluebonnet Bowl’s spirited volunteer group has been one of the mian reasons the game has enjoyed such success. Each year some 300 volunteers devote time and energy to ticket sales, team selection, operational matters, promotion and other aspects of the game. When Elvin Smith first laid the plans in 1958 for Houston to host a bowl game, little did he know that in a short 25 years the game would have grown to be so important to Houston and the college football world. Smith was named by James Delmar, then the Chamber of Commerce’s Athletic Committee chairman, to head-up the project. Delmar appointed Lou Hassell and Eddie Dyer to assist Smith. The Bowl’s founding fathers did such an excellent job of researching the project that the NCAA waived a rule which stated a city must wait one year before sanctioning can be granted. An original executive committee of seven made most of the decisions, but a group of 86 businessmen provided the backing which got the game going. Over the years great coaches such as Paul "Bear” Bryant (Alabama), Darrell Royal (Texas), Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Lou Holtz (Arkansas). Tom Osborne (Nebraska), and Bill Yeoman (Houston) have coached in the game. Two Heisman Trophy winners have played here — Earl Campbell, (Texas, 1975» and Steve Owens (Oklahoma, 1968) and countless other great all-Americans (TCU’s Bob Lilly, Alabama’s LeRoy Jordan, Miami’s Ted Henricks, Texas’ Chris Gilbert, Oklahoma’s Greg Pruitt, Houston’s Robert Newhouse. Purdue’s Mark Hermann and Michigan’s Anthony Carter). Lombardi Award winner Wilson Whitley (Houston) and Outland Trophy winner Scott Appleton (Texas) also participated in this game. This game has produced countless thrills and exciting finishes—including three ties. Something Extra For Wacoans and Baylor fans wanting to do something while in Houston The Alley Theatre will unveil it newly remodeled Arena Stage. The opening will feature the Southwest Premiere of Caryl Churchill’s award- winning. wickedly funny comedy. Cloud 9. A champagne premiere performance will be on Thursday. 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