Baylor got one of the most memorable wins in school history in 2014, beating TCU 61-58, at McLane Stadium.
For a program that looked like it was on an upward trajectory the next five years would be filled with turmoil and the High School seniors that committed in 2014 would be the ones to see them through it.
In 2015 the Bears struggled with injuries to their quarterbacks and their head coach was fired in the offseason. In 2016, they were led by interim head coach Jim Grobe, starting the season 6-0 only to finish it 1-6.
In 2017 Matt Rhule took over as head coach of the program, tasked with changing many things about the Baylor culture, on and off the field, and they suffered through the growing pains of a 1-11 season.
Now with TCU coming back to McLane Stadium, two years after blowing Baylor out on the same field, this team has an opportunity to send these seniors out with a win, against TCU that would propel the Bears to a bowl game.
“It’s extremely important,” sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer said. “Those are the guys who stayed here through all the tough times, when they could have just packed their bags and went somewhere, but chose to stay and I have the utmost respect for them and so does the rest of the team.”
Senior Ira Lewis would love nothing more than to leave McLane with that winning feeling, on their way to a bowl game.
“I think it would be very special,” he said. “To leave Baylor get them going to a bowl game. It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do. It would make the fans real happy and the team real happy so I think it’s what this team needs.”
The Bears and Horner frogs will kick off at 11:00am on Saturday and fans are asked to wear black to the game.