How it all happened Saturday:
Baylor 7, Texas 3. This game started like last week’s ended — with a 40-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker. But Sam Ehlinger played only 11 snaps, leaving on the opening drive with a shoulder injury. That brought in Shane Buechele, who led Texas to a 38-7 win in Waco last year. Baylor answered Texas’ opening field goal with a touchdown drive; the Longhorns have given up a score on opponents’ first drives in five of seven games this season.
Texas: Dicker 40-yard field goal, 8:57
Baylor: Denzel Mims 19-yard pass from Charlie Brewer (Connor Martin kick, 3:08)
Halftime: Texas 23, Baylor 10. What a quarter of missed chances for the Bears. Tyquan Thornton dropped a beautifully placed pass from Brewer in the end zone, a 27-yarder that would’ve given Baylor a 14-6 lead. The Bears settled for a field goal. Later, Jalen Hurd dropped what would’ve been a first down on a third-down slant; Baylor punted, and Texas drove for a touchdown. And Jameson Houston couldn’t corral an interception in the end zone that would’ve prevented that UT score. Buechele’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Collin Johnson was UT’s second longest of the season and Buechele’s first since last year’s Texas Bowl.
Texas: Dicker 35-yard field goal, 14:56
Baylor: Martin 46-yard field goal, 5:03
Texas: Collin Johnson 44-yard pass from Shane Buechele (Dicker kick, 4:21)
Texas: Lil’Jordan Humphrey 3-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:12)
Texas: Dicker 47-yard field goal, 0:00
Texas 23, Baylor 17. After a flurry of scores in the final four minutes of the first half, both offenses started cool in the third quarter — two Baylor punts and a Buechele interception — until Hurd, the former 1,000-yard rusher for Tennessee turned Baylor receiver, ran it in for his third rushing score of the season. Texas answered with a long drive but it ended with a Dicker miss. What had been a 13-point cushion at halftime evaporated into a one-score game heading into the final quarter.
Baylor: Hurd 2-yard run (Martin kick, 4:33)
Final: Texas 23, Baylor 17. Neither team scored. Actually, the Longhorns were blanked for the entire second half. But they did put together two clock-chewing drives that kept the ball away from Baylor. The Bears, needing a touchdown, whiffed on their final two chances — punting it away with five minutes left and then coming up short on three passes into the end zone from 17 yards out in the closing seconds.
First downs: Texas 25, Baylor 19
Rushes-yards: Texas 41-186, Baylor 34-88
Passing: Texas 219, Baylor 240
Comp-Att-Int: Texas 24-39-1, Baylor 20-40-1
Return Yards: Texas 3-(-5), Baylor 0-0
Punts-Avg.: Texas 4-47.8, Baylor 7-43.3
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 0-0, Baylor 1-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 8-52, Baylor 10-92
Time of Possession: Texas 32:18, Baylor 27:42
PASSING: Texas — Buechele 20-34-184, 1/1; Ehlinger 4-5-35, 0/0. Baylor — Brewer 20-39-240, 1/1
RUSHING: Texas — Ingram 19-110, Watson 13-41, Buechele 5-11, Ehlinger 2-5, Humphrey 2-3-1; Baylor — Brewer 13-22, Lovett 5-21, Ebner 3-16, Hasty 7-16, Hurd 6-13-1
RECEIVING: Texas — Johnson 11-132-1, Humphrey 7-41, Beck 2-11, Jamison 1-17, Duvernay 1-15, Ingram 1-2, Watson 1-1; Baylor — Hurd 5-72, Platt 5-26, Mims 3-80, Stricklin 2-39, Fleeks 2-7, Henle 1-6, Hasty 1-5, Jones 1-5