Texas cornerback Duke Thomas celebrates a play during the first half against Baylor at McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday December 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas vs. Baylor: Horns up, Horns down, plays of the game

Posted December 5th, 2015

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HORNS UP

  • Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes completed 12 of 19 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, plus rushed 10 times for 53 yards and another score. Most important, he played turnover-free ball.
  • Freshman running back Chris Warren III ran for 106 yards on 28 carries for his second straight 100-yard performance. Warren was nails down the stretch with 382 yards in his last two games. The Horns are set at running back in 2016 with Warren and D’Onta Foreman.
  • Defensive back Duke Thomas played the best game of his career with four tackles and an interception while splitting time at cornerback and safety. His pick thwarted a Baylor drive into Texas territory and preserved the defense’s first-half shutout.

HORNS DOWN

  • The two teams got into what could have turned into an ugly altercation near the end of the first quarter. After Thomas’ interception, Texas safety Kevin Vaccaro was whistled for a personal foul and a mini-melee ensued. Most of Baylor’s bench ran across the field as coaches and officials tried to keep the peace.  Somehow the Bears avoided being penalized.
  • After shutting out Baylor in the first half and forcing three turnovers, the Longhorns gave up 17 points and 232 yards rushing in the final two quarters, mostly against Baylor’s Wildcat attack.
  • TV cameras spotted freshman DeShon Elliott putting up his dukes during the first-quarter skirmish, as did a few thousands folks who posted it on Twitter. You never want to do it for the Vine, DeShon.

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

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  • Tight end Caleb Bluiett’s 57-yard touchdown catch put the Horns up 7-0 in the first quarter, a lead they would not relinquish. Bluiett scored two TDs this season and both were huge. His other one came in the 24-17 win over Oklahoma.

DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

  • Sophomore tackle Poona Ford made two humongous plays in a matter of seconds by stripping running back Johnny Jefferson late in the fourth quarter. Ever resourceful, Ford also pounced on the fumble, stopping a Baylor drive that was approaching midfield.

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