Texas Tech vs. Baylor: The History

It is the longest series in Texas Tech football history. The Red Raiders hold a 36-34-1 all-time advantage in the series. The rivalry against the Baylor Bears dates back to 1929 and has featured some great players such as Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary (pictured circa 1976). Meeting No. 72 comes Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

It is the longest series in Texas Tech football history.

The Red Raiders hold a 36-34-1 all-time advantage in the series.

The rivalry against the Baylor Bears dates back to 1929 when Baylor shutout Tech 34-0. The Bears would replicate the game in 1931 with a 32-0 victory.

Tech would get revenge and for three consecutive seasons the Matadors defeated Baylor with the first victory coming in 1932.

After a six year hiatus, the series returned for one season in 1942. The Bears won 14-7. Baylor's football team would cease play for the next two seasons due to World War II, but started back up again along with the series in 1945. Tech and Baylor squared off for eight consecutive seasons after the hiatus. During this span, the Bears went 6-1-1 against the Red Raiders.

Baylor continued its dominance in the series through the 1950s winning five straight until 1961 when the Red Raiders upset No.23 Baylor 19-17 in Lubbock. It was the second consecutive upset for Tech, but J.T. King's team would finish 4-6 with a 2-5 Southwest Conference record.

The Bears would win the next three until King would start the 1965 season 8-1 before losing at Arkansas and dropping the Gator Bowl to Georgia Tech. Tech beat Baylor that season 34-22 in front of 45,619 screaming Tech fans.

Home victories would be traded off the next four seasons until Jim Carlen, in his first season, brought the 7-2 Red Raiders into Waco and defeated the Bears 7-3. Tech would eventually lose the Sun Bowl 17-9.

After winning three games in three years, Baylor hired a former Texas Tech assistant in 1972. Grant Teaff took nearly doubled the win total of the previous three years in just one season, but Carlen had Baylor's number. In five seasons as Tech head coach, Carlen's Red Raiders outscored the Bears 112-54, but Teaff beat the Red Raiders in Carlen's final season.

Tech would win four straight in the series until a Baylor team featuring linebacker Mike Singletary as team captain handed Tech a 27-17 loss in 1979.

The Red Raiders would win two games in the 1980s. Both victories came during a season in which Tech finished with a losing record.

Teaff got one more victory against the Red Raiders. It came in 1990. The Red Raiders upset the No. 20 Baylor Bears in 1991 and sent Teaff packing in 1992 with a 36-17 victory in Waco.

With the Southwest Conference dying and Teaff gone, the Bears as many college students today knew them, became a doormat starting with the Chuck Reedy era. Reedy featured two winning season and defeated the Red Raiders twice in his four season with the Bears. The Bears upset the No.24 Red Raiders in the final season of the Southwest Conference 7-0.

As the Red Raiders grew stronger, the Bears became more of a doormat with the birth of the Big 12 Conference.

With Spike Dykes as Texas Tech head coach, the Red Raiders outscored the Bears in Big 12 Conference play 146-70. The Bears went 0-4 against Tech in those meetings. Baylor would win just five games overall from 1997-1999.

It got uglier from there. With Mike Leach running his Air Raid attack at Texas Tech, the Bears were outscored 718-130 in 10 seasons. Baylor hired Texas Tech graduate Art Briles after the 2007 season. Prior to Briles, Baylor managed 89 points. Tech scored over 60 points in three consecutive meetings from 2001-2003.

Briles has brought the Bears back from the grave. Since the firing of Mike Leach, Tech has defeated the Bears just once and it was a 45-38 victory at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas in 2010. The Bears ended Tech's 20 year bowl eligibility streak in 2011 with their first victory over Tech since 1995. Tech lost to the Bears for the second straight season in overtime in 2012.

With a new head coach in 2013, the Red Raiders look to avenge those losses. The Bears are undefeated and the Red Raiders would love to blow their chances of a National Championship appearance.

Meeting No. 72 comes Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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