Saturday, we looked at four questions that Texas was facing ahead of its matchup with Baylor.
Here’s how they played out:
1. Which Brewer had the bigger day?
Not to say that Texas tight end Cade Brewer took the day off — he was targeted twice and caught both passes for 18 yards — but Baylor’s Brewer took a step closer to the Bears’ starting quarterback job. That may be more of a statement on Zach Smith, but the hero of last week’s nearly victorious comeback against West Virginia rotated in and out with Smith and finished 17 of 27 for 181 yards. The two Brewers, not related but both freshmen from Lake Travis, won a state championship together in high school.
2. How did Shane Buechele look?
Buechele, making his first start since the Iowa State game, didn’t provide the same kind of spark on offense that Sam Ehlinger does, but that was OK on Saturday. Texas just needed to avoid mistakes and let the defense take the lead against the winless Bears. Buechele was 27 of 34 for 256 yards, the fifth-best passing performance of the season for the Longhorns. He had nine carries for 42 yards and scored a rushing touchdown to pair with his passing score.
3. Did DeShon Elliott help his Thorpe Award chances?
And it took only three plays. On Baylor’s opening drive of the game, Smith’s pass over the middle tipped off the receiver’s hands and Elliott corralled it for a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown. He started the day tied for the national lead with five picks. Now he has six. Elliott, who was named a Thorpe semifinalist this week, tied for the team lead in tackles with Malik Jefferson.
2. Did Texas try any trick plays?
Yes. Two of them.
And both failed. On second-and-5 from Baylor’s 15, Chris Warren III ran wide, then stopped and looked for Lorenzo Joe at the back of the end zone. Joe caught it but was out of bounds. The Longhorns scored on the next play anyway, though. Later in the second quarter, it was Lil’Jordan Humphrey who took a shot downfield to Dorian Leonard; Leonard had found an open spot in the Baylor zone, but Humphrey’s pass wasn’t close. Last month, Humphrey also threw incomplete against Maryland and a reverse handoff was fumbled at Iowa State.
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