The Baylor Bears football program was founded in 1899 and was a charter member of the Southwest Conference. Like Texas Tech, they joined the Big 12 Conference based on a period of competitiveness in the late 1980s and early 1990s, initiated by long-time coach Grant Teaff. Then they hired Kevin Steele and everything fell apart.
In all fairness, it wasn’t just Steele, but there was a long period of futility for the Bears before they righted the ship. Then there was a major scandal that forced head coach Art Briles to resign in disgrace. Since then, Matt Rhule and Dave Aranda have done a solid job of keeping the private school competitive in the conference.
Long before any of that, the No. 18 Clemson Tigers traveled to Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia to take on the No. 19 Baylor Bears in the 1979 Peach Bowl.
Danny Ford’s Tigers took an early lead, but Baylor pushed out to a 26-10 lead in the fourth quarter. Chuck McSwain scored a touchdown with 0:20 seconds left in the game, and the Tigers got the 2-pt conversion, but it was too late for the comeback.
Baylor got the win in their first and only Peach Bowl appearance. It was also the only time they lined up against the Tigers.