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Battle of the Brazos[1][2]
Texas A&M (66) Baylor (31)
1899 1901 1902
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Tie (9)
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The Battle of the Brazos is the official collegiate sports rivalry between the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies. The rivalry is named for the Brazos River[3] that flows by the two schools, which are only 90 miles apart. The Battle of the Brazos debuted in 1899, the year the first football game was played.[1]

Contents

History

In the early days of the rivalry (1905 and earlier), Baylor and Texas A&M played each other multiple times,[1] possibly due to a dearth of regional opponents. In 1996, the NCAA introduced overtime to college football, eliminating the chance of ties that had only infrequently occurred in the rivalry since 1939.

In the early days of the rivalry, Texas A&M was an all-male college, and Baylor was the closest college that had female students. Many Aggies dated Baylor coeds causing some resentment among the male students at Baylor, who did not have a corresponding pool of young women from Texas A&M to date.[4]

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The Brawl

The 1926 football game coincided with Baylor's homecoming. During halftime Baylor Homecoming floats paraded around the field. When a float; actually a car pulling a flatbed trailer with two homecoming queen candidates on board, neared the section where the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets sat a cadet raced towards the car to try to steer it away from the space in front of the corps. The motion caused the women to fall off the truck injuring her and inciting a large riot. Students from both schools began using metal folding chairs and planks of wood that had been used as yard markers for weapons. Texas A&M student Lt. Charles Sessums was hit over the head with a chair in the melee and, although he initially appeared to recover, he died following the game.[4]

On December 8, 1926, the two school presidents agreed to temporarily suspend athletic relations between the schools.[5] The schools would not compete against each other in any athletic event for the next four years.[4] Baylor and Texas A&M would not meet in football again until 1931.[5]

Pranks

In the 1950s, two Aggie students drove to Waco and stole the Baylor mascot, a young bear cub, from the Baylor campus. While they were driving back to College Station in a brand–new car belonging to one of their families, the bear became terrified. Twenty–miles from Waco, the bear ripped out the inside of the car, and the boys set it free. The young men were caught when they took the car to be repaired.[4]

Baylor students likewise pranked the Aggies, often sneaking onto the Texas A&M campus to spray green paint on the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Ross was the third president of Texas A&M, who attended Baylor as an undergraduate. Before the annual football game between the schools, the Corps of Cadets now posts a 24-hour guard around the statue. In many years, male students at Baylor would guard their campus on the night before the game, some carrying ax handles to ward off any Aggie students.[4]

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was expelled from Baylor after he was in part found painting one of A&M's buildings green.[6][7]

Football

The competitive peak of the series between Baylor and Texas A&M most likely occurred between 1960 and 1990 where Baylor won 13 games, A&M won 16 games, and two games ended in ties. During that same time period 18 of the 31 games played saw the final margin of victory to be 7 points or less. Texas Football magazine voted the 1986 game between the schools the Game of the Decade of the 80s in the Southwest Conference. Baylor led the game 17–0 in the 1st half and was positioned to score again when the Texas A&M defense was able to stop the Bears. The Aggies came back to win the game in the final minutes 31–30 to claim the SWC Championship and advance to the Cotton Bowl.[4][8] while Baylor finished in 2nd and ended the year with a resounding 21–9 victory over Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Another exciting game was the 1978 contest in which little-known Baylor freshman Walter Abercrombie rushed for 207 yards in a 24–6 Baylor win in College Station. The 207 yards were a then NCAA record for rushing yardage in an intial game. In the 1980 contest Baylor won by the blowout score of 46–7, going on that year to win the SWC Championship by a record 3 games and garnering a birth in the Cotton Bowl.

In 2004 the rivalry revived when an underdog Baylor Bear team [9] defeated the No. 16 ranked Aggies[10] 35–34 in overtime at Floyd Casey Stadium when the Bears converted a dramatic 2 point conversion on the final play of the game. The rivalry again became bitter in 2005 when the Aggies had to complete two fourth down conversions in order to win at home 16–13 in overtime.[11]

The Baylor Bears defeated the Aggies again in 2008 by the 3rd largest margin in the history of the rivalry for Baylor 41–21 after leading 41–7 at the end of 3 quarters.[12] Baylor has not won at Kyle Field since 1984 (11 games) but has won 2 of the last 3 series games in Waco. Baylor and Texas A&M are scheduled to play each other every year, as long as both schools remain part of the Big 12 South Division.

Texas A&M currently leads the football series with Baylor 66–31–9.[1] The Battle of the Brazos is the second most-played rivalry in Baylor football history. Baylor and Texas A&M have played each other for every season since 1931, except in 1943 and 1944, when Baylor could not field a team due to World War II.[13]

Basketball

In men's basketball, Baylor and A&M have competed since the 1914–15 debut season of the Southwest Conference.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "All-Time Football Scores:Baylor". Texas A&M Athletics. http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/baylor.html. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  2. ^ "History". 2009 Baylor Football Media Almanac. Baylor Athletics (Baylor University). http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/bay/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/09-ma-section05.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  3. ^ "Big-play Bennett keeps Texas A&M a step ahead of Baylor". CBS. 2006-10-28. http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/gamecenter/recap/NCAAF_20061028_TXAM@BAY. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Farmer, Neal (October 18, 1990), "Baylor–A&M feud romantic, violent/ 'Brazos Brothers' play for 87th time", Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas): Sports, page 1., http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1990_737358, retrieved 2007-09-26  
  5. ^ a b Wangrin, Mark (2005-09-29). "Baylor vs. Texas A&M: Remembering a 1926 tragedy". The San Antonio Express-News. http://thecollegefootballindependent.blogspot.com/2006/05/baylor-vs-texas-am-remembering-1926.html. Retrieved 2007-09-27.  
  6. ^ "Tom DeLay won't be missed". Washington Square News. 2006-04-13. http://media.www.nyunews.com/media/storage/paper869/news/2006/04/13/Opinionsoped/Tom-Delay.Wont.Be.Missed-2397875.shtml. Retrieved 2007-09-27.  
  7. ^ "Open Mouth, Insert Boot". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2002-05-03. http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i34/34a02102.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-27.  
  8. ^ "High Five: Texas A&M-Baylor". http://www.kvue.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/texasam/stories/111408dnspoambu.1adad6d2a.html.  
  9. ^ Irby, Ryan (2004-10-29). "Aggies searching for seventh win against Baylor". The Battalion. http://media.www.thebatt.com/media/storage/paper657/news/2004/10/29/Sports/Battle.Of.The.Brazos-786472.shtml. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  10. ^ Parchman, Will (2006-10-26). "Rivalry stands test of time". The Baylor Lariat. http://www.baylor.edu/lariat/news.php?action=story&story=42652. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  11. ^ "Battle of Brazos becoming bitter". Sporting News. 2006-10-27. http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?p=1292552. Retrieved 2007-03-25.  
  12. ^ http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/11/baylor-beats-texas-am-xxxx-in-battle-of.html Baylor beats Texas A&M, 41–21, in Battle of the Brazos]
  13. ^ "Bears, Aggies Eye 104th Battle of the Brazos". Baylor University Athletic Department. 2007-09-24. http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092407aac.html. Retrieved 2007-09-26.  
  14. ^ "Texas A&M Men's Basketball: Year-by-Year Results". http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/tam-m-baskbl-year-by-year-results.html.  

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Battle of the Brazos[1][2]
Texas A&M (66)Baylor (31)
1899 1901 1902
1902 1903 1903
1904 1904 1905
1905 1909 1911
1912 1916 1917
1918 1919 1920
1921 1925 1931
1933 1934 1939
1940 1941 1945
1946 1947 1955
1956 1957 1958
1961 1962 1966
1967 1969 1971
1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1982
1986 1987 1988
1989 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995
1996 1997 1998
1999 2000 2001
2002 2003 2005
2006 2007 2009
1901 1901 1908
1922 1924 1926
1935 1937 1942
1948 1949 1950
1952 1953 1954
1959 1960 1963
1964 1965 1968
1970 1972 1978
1979 1980 1981
1984 1985 2004
2008
Tie (9)
1903 1913 1923 1932 1936 1938
1951 1983 1990

The Battle of the Brazos is the official collegiate sports rivalry between the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies. The rivalry is named for the Brazos River[3] that flows by the two schools, which are only 90 miles apart. The Battle of the Brazos debuted in 1899, the year the first football game was played.[1]

Contents

History

In the early days of the rivalry (1905 and earlier), Baylor and Texas A&M played each other multiple times,[1] possibly due to a dearth of regional opponents. In 1996, the NCAA introduced overtime to college football, eliminating the chance of ties that had only infrequently occurred in the rivalry since 1939.

In the early days of the rivalry, Texas A&M was an all-male college, and Baylor was the closest college that had female students. Many Aggies dated Baylor coeds causing some resentment among the male students at Baylor, who did not have a corresponding pool of young women from Texas A&M to date.[4]

The Brawl

The 1926 football game coincided with Baylor's homecoming. During halftime Baylor Homecoming floats paraded around the field. When a float; actually a car pulling a flatbed trailer with two homecoming queen candidates on board, neared the section where the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets sat a cadet raced towards the car to try to steer it away from the space in front of the corps. The motion caused the women to fall off the truck injuring her and inciting a large riot. Students from both schools began using metal folding chairs and planks of wood that had been used as yard markers for weapons. Texas A&M student Lt. Charles Sessums was hit over the head with a chair in the melee and, although he initially appeared to recover, he died following the game.[4]

On December 8, 1926, the two school presidents agreed to temporarily suspend athletic relations between the schools.[5] The schools would not compete against each other in any athletic event for the next four years.[4] Baylor and Texas A&M would not meet in football again until 1931.[5]

Pranks

In the 1950s, two Aggie students drove to Waco and stole the Baylor mascot, a young bear cub, from the Baylor campus. While they were driving back to College Station in a brand–new car belonging to one of their families, the bear became terrified. Twenty–miles from Waco, the bear ripped out the inside of the car, and the boys set it free. The young men were caught when they took the car to be repaired.[4]

Baylor students likewise pranked the Aggies, often sneaking onto the Texas A&M campus to spray green paint on the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Ross was the third president of Texas A&M, who attended Baylor as an undergraduate. Before the annual football game between the schools, the Corps of Cadets now posts a 24-hour guard around the statue. In many years, male students at Baylor would guard their campus on the night before the game, some carrying ax handles to ward off any Aggie students.[4]

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was expelled from Baylor after he was in part found painting one of A&M's buildings green.[6][7]

Football

The competitive peak of the series between Baylor and Texas A&M most likely occurred between 1960 and 1990 where Baylor won 13 games, A&M won 16 games, and two games ended in ties. During that same time period 18 of the 31 games played saw the final margin of victory to be 7 points or less. Texas Football magazine voted the 1986 game between the schools the Game of the Decade of the 80s in the Southwest Conference. Baylor led the game 17–0 in the 1st half and was positioned to score again when the Texas A&M defense was able to stop the Bears. The Aggies came back to win the game in the final minutes 31–30 to claim the SWC Championship and advance to the Cotton Bowl.[4][8] while Baylor finished in 2nd and ended the year with a resounding 21–9 victory over Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Another exciting game was the 1978 contest in which little-known Baylor freshman Walter Abercrombie rushed for 207 yards in a 24–6 Baylor win in College Station. The 207 yards were a then NCAA record for rushing yardage in an initial game. In the 1980 contest Baylor won by the blowout score of 46–7, going on that year to win the SWC Championship by a record 3 games and garnering a birth in the Cotton Bowl.

The thrilling 1986 A&M win began a period of domination in the series, in which Baylor did not beat A&M for 18 seasons (17 losses and a tie in 1990). However, in 2004 the rivalry revived when an underdog Baylor Bear team [9] defeated the No. 16 ranked Aggies[10] 35–34 in overtime at Floyd Casey Stadium when the Bears converted a dramatic 2 point conversion on the final play of the game to earn their first win over the Aggies since 1985. The rivalry again became bitter in 2005 when the Aggies had to complete two fourth down conversions in order to win at home 16–13 in overtime.[11]

The Baylor Bears defeated the Aggies again in 2008 by the 3rd largest margin in the history of the rivalry for Baylor 41–21 after leading 41–7 at the end of 3 quarters.[12] Baylor has not won at Kyle Field since 1984 (11 games) but has won 2 of the last 3 series games in Waco. Baylor and Texas A&M are scheduled to play each other every year, as long as both schools remain part of the Big 12 South Division.

Texas A&M currently leads the football series with Baylor 66–31–9.[1] The Battle of the Brazos is the second most-played rivalry in Baylor football history. Baylor and Texas A&M have played each other for every season since 1931, except in 1943 and 1944, when Baylor could not field a team due to World War II.[13]

Basketball

In men's basketball, Baylor and A&M have competed since the 1914–15 debut season of the Southwest Conference.[14] Since the formation of the Big 12, the teams have followed parallel paths. Both spent the early years of the conference as lower-division teams (they combined for one NIT appearance and zero NCAA appearances from 1996 to 2004, and both suffered winless conference seasons during that span). However, in more recent years, they have grown into Big 12 contenders, with A&M reaching the NCAA's five straight years between 2006 and 2010 and Baylor reaching both in 2008 and 2010, with an elite eight appearance in the latter.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "All-Time Football Scores:Baylor". Texas A&M Athletics. http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/baylor.html. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  2. ^ "History". 2009 Baylor Football Media Almanac. Baylor Athletics (Baylor University). http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/bay/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/09-ma-section05.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Big-play Bennett keeps Texas A&M a step ahead of Baylor". CBS. 2006-10-28. http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/gamecenter/recap/NCAAF_20061028_TXAM@BAY. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Farmer, Neal (October 18, 1990). "Baylor–A&M feud romantic, violent/ 'Brazos Brothers' play for 87th time". Houston Chronicle (Houston, Texas): p. Sports, page 1.. http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1990_737358. Retrieved 2007-09-26 
  5. ^ a b Wangrin, Mark (2005-09-29). "Baylor vs. Texas A&M: Remembering a 1926 tragedy". The San Antonio Express-News. http://thecollegefootballindependent.blogspot.com/2006/05/baylor-vs-texas-am-remembering-1926.html. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Tom DeLay won't be missed". Washington Square News. 2006-04-13. http://media.www.nyunews.com/media/storage/paper869/news/2006/04/13/Opinionsoped/Tom-Delay.Wont.Be.Missed-2397875.shtml. Retrieved 2007-09-27. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Open Mouth, Insert Boot". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2002-05-03. http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i34/34a02102.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  8. ^ "High Five: Texas A&M-Baylor". http://www.kvue.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/texasam/stories/111408dnspoambu.1adad6d2a.html. 
  9. ^ Irby, Ryan (2004-10-29). "Aggies searching for seventh win against Baylor". The Battalion. http://media.www.thebatt.com/media/storage/paper657/news/2004/10/29/Sports/Battle.Of.The.Brazos-786472.shtml. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  10. ^ Parchman, Will (2006-10-26). "Rivalry stands test of time". The Baylor Lariat. http://www.baylor.edu/lariat/news.php?action=story&story=42652. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  11. ^ "Battle of Brazos becoming bitter". Sporting News. 2006-10-27. http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?p=1292552. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  12. ^ Baylor beats Texas A&M, 41–21, in Battle of the Brazos
  13. ^ "Bears, Aggies Eye 104th Battle of the Brazos". Baylor University Athletic Department. 2007-09-24. http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092407aac.html. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  14. ^ "Texas A&M Men's Basketball: Year-by-Year Results". http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/tam-m-baskbl-year-by-year-results.html. 

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