1901 Baylor football team

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1901 Baylor football
Conference Independent
1901 record 5–3
Head coach W. R. Ritchie (1st season)
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The 1901 Baylor football team represented Baylor University during the 1901 college football season. In this year, the first games of the Baylor–Texas and Baylor–TCU series were played. TCU (known as AddRan Male & Female College until 1902) was located in Waco from 1895 to 1910 and was one of Baylor's greatest football rivals until the dissolution of the Southwest Conference in 1995.


Date Time Opponent Site Result Overall record Notes
Oct. 5 4:00 p.m. at St. Edward's Austin, Texas W 23–0 6–1–1 [1][2]
Oct. 11 vs. Texas A&M Dallas, Texas (Fair Grounds, State Fair of Texas) W 17–6 7–1–1 [3]
Oct. 19 4:00 p.m. Oklahoma Waco, Texas L 17–6 7–2–1 [1]
Oct. 28 Texas Waco, Texas L 23–0 7–3–1 [1]
Nov. 5 4:10 p.m. at Texas A&M Bryan, Texas (College Day, Central Texas Fair) L 6–0 7–4–1 [3]
Nov. 23 TCU Waco, Texas W 39–0 8–4–1 [4]
unknown TCU Waco, Texas W 42–9 9–4–1
Nov. 28 Texas A&M Waco, Texas (Thanksgiving) W 47–0 10–4–1 [5]
All times are in Central Time.

Season summary[edit]

On July 18, Baylor announced that it had found its next coach: W.J. Ritchie, from Athens, Georgia.

Oct. 11 vs. Texas A&M[edit]

Playing at the State Fair of Texas, Baylor and A&M drew a crowd of 2,000 spectators. The game was delayed by an argument between the teams over the eligibility of a player. A verbal agreement had been made to allow only students who had attended classes at the respective university at least ten days prior, but Schultz, a fullback for A&M, had not attended until two to three days prior, allegedly due to ill parents. Not believing the excuse, Baylor eventually prevailed in both the argument and the game, which ended in another squabble about the timekeepers' timekeeping.

Nov. 5 vs. Texas A&M[edit]

Meeting for a second time in the season, Baylor and A&M celebrated the first annual Central Texas Fair, located in Bryan, Texas, on its College Day with a football game in which A&M handily defeated the Baylor team.

Nov. 23 vs. Add-Ran[edit]

Competing for the local championship, Baylor clearly outclassed their opponents and led in the first half by a comfortable 23–0 margin.

Nov. 28 vs. Texas A&M[edit]

In what appeared to be the state's last collegiate football game day of the season, the game was called "the most interesting ever played on a Waco gridiron, because of the sensational clean and fast plays." Having split the first two meetings of the season, both Baylor and the A.&M.'s were seeking the tiebreaking victory; A&M mistakenly contracted to play both the University of Texas and Baylor on the same day, and so split the team.[5] A&M brought a large delegation of fans with its team by train but was disappointed with a 47-point shutout loss. The Baylor boys spent the evening at a reception at the Young Ladies' Boarding Hall.


  1. ^ a b c The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-10-26). "Oklahoma vs. Baylor". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-10-13). "Baylor's victory". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-11-12). "Even now". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-11-30). "Add-Ran vs. Baylor". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b The 'Varsity Lariat (1901-11-30). "A. & M. easy". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21.