Baylor Football On This Date in 2003...

On Saturday, #16 Baylor will host the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Bears' Big 12 opener. Ten years ago on this date, Baylor made its Big 12 season debut against the Colorado Buffaloes. Come inside to re-live the game between the Bears and the Buffs ten years ago today.

The year was 2003 and the Baylor Bears were in the first year of new head football coach Guy Morriss' tenure. In Baylor's 2003 season opener, UAB came in to Waco with little fanfare. The 23,732 in attendance to watch the Bears' first home game of the new season witnessed the Roddy White-led Blazers score 17 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter. The Bears rallied back to cut the lead on an Aaron Karas to Iris Williams touchdown toss. Baylor took the lead with a safety and a 21 yard Kenny Webb field goal. With the Bears leading late in the 4th quarter 19-17, UAB used a 2 play touchdown drive, leaving only 40 seconds left on the clock, to win the game in the last minute, 24-19.

After a heart-breaking loss to UAB on their home-field, the Bears then traveled to Denton, Texas to take on North Texas. The game was a comedy of errors for the Bears. Baylor turned the ball over 6 times in the first half, and North Texas beat Baylor for the first time in program history, 52-14.

Parents Weekend brought 30,256 to Floyd Casey Stadium the following week to watch Baylor take on SMU. Baylor scraped and clawed for a victory against their old SWC foe, 10-7. Baylor scored its only touchdown in the 3rd quarter when talented running back Rashad Armstrong danced his way in from 4 yards out. Baylor signal-caller Aaron Karas went 12-27 for 102 yards on the day finding future NFL wide receiver Trent Shelton twice for 29 yards.

Baylor's next game brought Sam Houston State to Floyd Casey Stadium. In front of 27,842 people, the Bears ran over their opponent, 27-6. It was Baylor's 500th win in program history, and it was Rashad Armstrong's 125 yards and 2 touchdowns that helped Baylor seal the victory.

On October 4th, 2003, Baylor welcomed in Colorado for the Big 12 season opener. 23,147 came to watch the Bears take on the 2-time defending Big 12 North Champs. Behind standout performances by Baylor's Aaron Karas, Rashad Armstrong, and Robert Quiroga on offense, Baylor's 42 points was enough to knock off the Buffs, 42-30. The most memorable score was Armstrong's 55 yard touchdown scamper in the 4th quarter to put the Bears up by 12.

On defense, Bears defensive backs Maurice Linguist and James Todd each recorded an interception. Baylor linebacker/safety Derrick Cash led the Bears with 9 tackles, and defensive back Willie Andrews forced a fumble.

With the victory, Baylor had won 3 straight games. That feat had not been accomplished since 1996 when the Bears opened the season 3-0.

Although October 4th, 2003 was a night of celebrating in Waco, Texas, the excitement did not last too long. The Bears failed to win another game that year finishing the season 3-9.


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