• BU grad has attended every Baylor-Texas football game since 1953

    Andrew, Nancy and Walter Counts at a Baylor football game

    1953 was the year that TV Guide debuted, the first confirmed climbers reached the top of Mount Everest, Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA — and Walter Counts (BBA ’57) attended his first Baylor vs. Texas football game.

    Counts hasn’t missed once since.

    This weekend, Counts will attend his 69th consecutive BU-UT football game, across both Waco and Austin, extending a streak that dates back to his freshman year at Baylor. In 1953, Counts was a member of the Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band as No. 3-ranked Baylor and No. 19 Texas squared off. The Longhorns won 21-20 in Austin to hand the Bears their first loss of the season; adding insult to injury, Counts remembers the UT cheerleaders leading a “poor Baylor” cheer. That moment started a lifetime rivalry for Counts that has continued to this day.

    “I love to beat Texas; losing to them is agony,” he says. “Winning is just a relief.”

    A season ticket-holder for 50 years, Counts has attended games with countless different people. He says his wife, Nancy (BA ’60), has attended 75% of games; his son and daughter — both Baylor grads — have also been a part of the tradition.

    There are a few games that stand out to Counts. His senior year, Baylor beat UT 10-7 and went on to win the Sugar Bowl. In 1974, Baylor beat Texas for the first time in Waco; at the half, Baylor was down 24-7, but came back to win it 34-24 in what is remembered today as “the Miracle on the Brazos.” In 1989, Baylor won 50-7 — a fun game to be at, Counts says (though “It was honestly disappointing we let them score at all.”).

    The closest Counts came to missing the annual Baylor/UT game was in 1963. Living in Corpus Christi, Nancy was eight months pregnant, but Counts decided it was safe to head to Austin. Facing No. 1-ranked Texas, Baylor had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but an interception sealed the final 7-0 score.

    The Counts’ Baylor legacy actually began with Walter’s dad, Paul (who played football at Baylor), and has continued down the years beyond them — first with their kids Emily (BBA ’86) and Andy (BS ’88), and then with two grandchildren (Allison Holman, BS ’14, and Collin Napper, a current Baylor student).

    This weekend, you’ll find Walter, Nancy, Emily and Andy together at McLane — taking in yet another Baylor-Texas game!

    Sic ’em, Walter!