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Texas and Baylor offenses both go cold in first half

Bryce Petty, Kelvin Palmer, Jackson Jeffcoat AP

It’s 30 degrees in Waco, but the offenses of Texas and Baylor are even colder.

Playing in what amounts to a de facto Big 12 title game (thanks to Oklahoma’s upset of Oklahoma State), No. 9 Baylor and No. 25 Texas went into halftime deadlocked at 3-3 as the frigid weather prevented both teams from getting untracked.

The direction of the wind seemed to be the biggest predictor of success for either team. When the Bears had the wind at their backs in the first quarter, they looked to be in rhythm on offense and came away with some early points courtesy of a 22-yard field goal by Aaron Jones. Meanwhile, the Texas offense couldn’t get untracked and Baylor was so confident in its ability to stop the Longhorns that it tried a fake punt on 4th and 7 from its own 43-yard line. It failed, but the Texas offense couldn’t make the Bears pay.

Once the two teams switched sides in the second quarter, Texas looked better. Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown started to get rolling and Texas evened things out with a 42-yard Anthony Fera field goal. Brown finished the half with 118 yards on 17 carries.

With the wind swirling and the ball as cold as a stone, this is not a game for quarterbacks. Baylor’s Bryce Petty threw for 170 yards on 13 of 23 passing, but every completion was like picking teeth. Case McCoy was worse, completing 7 of 19 for just 38 yards.

This game could favor the team that runs the ball best, which means Texas could have the edge heading into the second half, unless Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (21 yards on 7 carries) can get untracked.

Whatever the case, Bears better warm up quick if they don’t want to miss their first ever Big 12 title and BCS game berth.

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9 Responses to “Texas and Baylor offenses both go cold in first half”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:01 PM

    Piss poor play calling. The head clapper has more then two yards a play from Malcolm Brown. It’s for a BCS berth. Somebody better wake up.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 7, 2013 6:23 PM

    Herp Derp McCoy is terrible, but Applewhite has done him no favors by calling deep passes in a game where the temperature is in the 20′s.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:28 PM

    And the dummy tried to call time out. Wow

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:33 PM

    Robinson’s read and react (too late) defense is as good as it was at Syracuse and Michigan. Fail!

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    Might try for a first down. And can’t cover a muffed punt. Jeeeze!

  6. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:56 PM

    That’ll do it! Good grief!

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:58 PM

    Congrats to Baylor for their first ever 11 game winning season and their BcS berth. sic’em!

  8. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:05 PM

    Mack Brown, Joe Jamail and Bob McNair on line one. Dow you want to take the call?

  9. jdillydawg says: Dec 7, 2013 7:15 PM

    Sic ‘em Bears!

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