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Texas 23, Baylor 17: Our five pregame questions — answered

Posted October 13th, 2018

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Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Saturday’s 23-17 win over Baylor.

Here’s how they played out:

1. How did Texas use Lil’Jordan Humphrey?

As a wide receiver; Humphrey had seven catches for 41 yards.

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And as a running back; he ran it two times, including a 3-yard touchdown.

Humphrey was coming off a career day against Oklahoma — nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Labeled a “Swiss Army knife” inside the program, the 6-4, 225-pound junior now also has five carries for 23 yards and a score. Texas has even asked him to throw it a few times, and one of those three trick tosses was a 2-yard touchdown caught by Collin Johnson.

2. Did DBU slow down Baylor’s receivers?

Yes.

Baylor has two speedy receivers in Chris Platt and the versatile Jalen Hurd, and Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando described Denzel Mims as the “real deal.” Those three combined for 13 catches for 178 yards, an average of 13.7 yards per reception, and none of them had more than five catches. They went into Saturday with combined totals of 91 catches for 1,230 yards and 7 touchdowns, or an average of 15 catches for 205 yards per game. Texas came into the game ranked sixth in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 233.5 yards per game, and gave up 240 to the Bears.

3. What did Cameron Dicker do for an encore?

He kicked three field goals and missed two.

The hero of the Red River Showdown — the freshman’s 40-yarder in the final minute was the game winner — Dicker nailed  his first three kicks on Saturday from 40, 35 and 47 yards. The 47-yarder was his longest so far. But then he missed his two kicks from the second  half, going wide left from 34 and 51 yards, the 51-yarder coming with the wind at his back. He’s now 10 of 15 on the season.

4. Is a Longhorn worthy of another Big 12 honor?

No.

You can make the case for Collin Johnson, who had 11 catches for 132 yards and a 44-yard touchdown. But the Big 12 is an offensive league if you’re talking about winning offensive player of the week honors. Dicker won special teams player of the week but he’s not the only Longhorn who’s been honored; linebacker Gary Johnson (defensive), safety Caden Sterns (newcomer), quarterback Sam Ehlinger (offensive), returner D’Shawn Jamison (special teams) and Dicker have helped UT notch conference kudos over the past four weeks.

5. How big was the crowd?

Saturday’s crowd was 93,882.

That ranks third for Texas’ four games at Royal-Memorial Stadium — Texas-USC drew a school-record crowd of 103,507, Texas-TCU had 95,124 and Texas-Tulsa  had 90,563. Was it the opponent? Baylor certainly has struggled the past couple of seasons, but the Bears were 4-2 coming in, including 2-1 in the Big 12. Was it going head to head with the Austin City Limits Music Festival, where UT had to battle the likes of the Wombats, or Brandi Carlisle, or maybe Tempted by Turtles in the afternoon before the bigger acts like Metallica and Lil Wayne took the stage in the evening? Texas has two home games left: West Virginia on Nov. 3, Iowa State on Nov. 17.

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