1974 Baylor Bears football team

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1974 Baylor Bears football
Southwest Conference champion
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 14
1974 record 8–4 (6–1 SWC)
Head coach Grant Teaff (3rd season)
Home stadium Baylor Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 14 Baylor $ 6 1 0     8 4 0
No. 16 Texas A&M 5 2 0     8 3 0
No. 17 Texas 5 2 0     8 4 0
Arkansas 3 3 1     6 4 1
SMU 3 3 1     6 4 1
Texas Tech 3 4 0     6 4 2
Rice 2 5 0     2 8 1
TCU 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Baylor Bears football team represented the Baylor University in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. Baylor won eight games and captured the Southwest Conference (SWC) championship for the first time since 1924, and in the process defeated the Texas by a score of 34–24 after rallying from a 24–7 halftime deficit, it was Baylor's first victory over the Longhorns in 17 years. The 1974 season and the win over Texas are commonly referred to as the "Miracle on the Brazos" (after the Brazos River, which runs near the Baylor campus) and it remains part of Baylor lore.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14 at No. 1 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma L 11–28   62,375
September 21 at Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri L 21– 28   43,752
September 28 No. 12 Oklahoma State* Baylor StadiumWaco, Texas W 31–14   30,000
October 5 at Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 21–17   25,262
October 12 at No. 14 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas W 21–17   43,300
October 26 No. 8 Texas A&Mdagger Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas L 0–20   51,200
November 2 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas W 21–7   18,792
November 9 No. 12 Texas Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas W 34–24   43,100
November 16 No. 20 Texas Tech Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas W 17–10   32,000
November 23 at SMU No. 16 Cotton BowlDallas, Texas W 31–14   40,168
November 30 Rice No. 16 Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas W 24–3   40,500
January 1 vs. No. 7 Penn State* No. 12 Cotton BowlDallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 20–41   68,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Neal Jeffery quarterback 17 423 San Diego Chargers

Awards and honors[edit]

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