The Texas defense has played a near perfect first half. Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty has yet to get into anything close to a rhythm with just four completions in 11 attempts for 43 yards. They’ve allowed No. 7 Baylor to get its yards in the running game but have limited big plays, with 22 rushes for 86 yards, none for more than 12 yards. The ‘Horns stuffed Baylor on a 4th-and-goal (where, incidentally, Baylor coaches apparently thought it was third down).
They’ve done everything right, and yet Texas still feels sick to its stomach.
No. 7 Baylor notched the game’s only score when a Nick Rose field goal was blocked by Bears defensive lineman Beau Blackshear and Terrell Burt picked it up and returned it 62 yards for a score at the 9:02 mark of the first quarter.
Then, with just 29 seconds left before the half, Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes fumbled a snap at Baylor’s 1-foot line, and it was recovered by Blackshear. Essentially, Texas stuffed Baylor at its own goal line and moved the ball 98 yards in 14 plays, only to give it back at the Bear’s goal line.
Baylor 7, Texas 0.
The Longhorns have out-gained Baylor 190-129, limited the Bears to just 33 snaps in the first half, out-produced Baylor through the air and on the ground in terms of total yardage and yards per play, hold a 13-8 advantage in first downs, and still have nothing to show for it. Baylor has a 2-0 edge in turnovers, plus a special teams touchdown.
The good news for Texas: Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown found room against the Baylor defense toward the end of the half, the defense has no reason to feel anything but confidence, and the ‘Horns get the ball to start the second half.
The good news for Baylor: Despite all that, Texas will probably find a way to muck it up.