Texas wide receiver Armanti Foreman celebrates a first quarter touchdown catch against Baylor at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas beats Baylor as Foreman twins post career highs

Posted October 29th, 2016

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At one point during a 35-34 win over Baylor on Saturday, Texas junior D’Onta Foreman struck a Heisman pose. Baylor did not have a rebuttal.

Foreman rushed for a career-high 250 yards on Saturday, and he also scored his ninth and 10th touchdowns of the season. Foreman entered the weekend as the Big 12’s leading rusher, and he edited the Texas record book on Saturday.

“He ran very well,” Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams said. “I just watched film, and he made holes out of nothing sometimes when we messed up. He made us look good.”

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Among Foreman’s accomplishments on Saturday:

  • Foreman became Texas’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Jamaal Charles in 2007. Foreman now has 1,105 yards on 173 carries this year.
  • Foreman hit 100 yards for a ninth straight contest. Earl Campbell’s school record is 11 consecutive games.
  • Foreman’s 250 yards were the 11th-most in school history. He recorded the 34th 200-yard game at Texas.

“He’s just playing at a different level,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. “He wants to be the best back in the country and right now he’s playing like he is the best back in the country. It’s the way he works. He practices like that.”

Foreman wasn’t the only member of his family who turned in a memorable performance against the Bears.

Junior Armanti Foreman had 142 receiving yards and a 40-yard touchdown catch. That total bested Foreman’s personal record of 91 yards, which had been set in a 2014 game against TCU. Foreman also got close to another touchdown on Saturday, but he fumbled away the football at the end of a 51-yard catch.

In his postgame availability with the media, Armanti Foreman said the twins from Texas City had received “some disturbing news coming into the game.” He declined to elaborate on a situation that involved his family, but said he and his brother had accomplished a goal of making their mother proud.

“Today, we kind of just fed off of each other,” Armanti Foreman said.

Texas relied on heavy doses of the Foreman brothers throughout the game.

On the Longhorns’ first drive of the afternoon, D’Onta Foreman carried six times for 35 yards. The other two plays on the touchdown drive were passes to Armanti Foreman, and he hauled in a 40-yard pass from freshman quarterback Shane Buechele with 11:19 left in the opening session.

Fourteen seconds later — after Texas sophomore safety P.J. Locke III recorded his first career interception — D’Onta Foreman scooted 37 yards for a score and the Heisman pose.

Texas closed the game much like it started it. On the Longhorns’ game-winning drive, five of the six plays that preceded Trent Domingue’s 39-yard field goal went through the Foreman brothers. D’Onta rushed four times for 24 yards, while Armanti hauled in a 38-yard catch on the Texas sideline.

Baylor became the third team this season to yield touchdowns to both of the Foremans. D’Onta and Armanti also accomplished the feat during Texas’ season-opening win over Notre Dame and a 45-40 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 8.

“We’ve been doing this our whole life, so it’s really nothing new,” Armanti Foreman said. “We always congratulate each other, (and) we’re always each other’s worst critic, too. Being out there with him, it just motivates me. When I see him have a big play or something, then I have to go match it.”

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