There were 132 snaps taken in Texas’ 24-10 loss at Baylor on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference:
1. Run and done
For the fourth straight week, the Texas offense got off to a slow start, and it looked as if the team would enter halftime with less than 120 yards. Pinned at its 2-yard line by a great punt from Issac Power with 18 seconds left in the first half, Texas got an unexpected boost. On what should have been a clock-killing run, Keaontay Ingram sprinted 68 yards to the Baylor 30.
That set up a 48-yard field goal and cut Baylor’s lead to 7-3. (Baylor running back John Lovett had a 28-yard touchdown run on the second quarter’s first play.) But as Cameron Dicker set up for his field goal, Ingram walked to the locker room. It was later announced that he had suffered an ankle injury as he was being tackled on the run and would miss the rest of the game.
The 68-yard run was a career high for Ingram, a sophomore from Carthage. It was the longest run of Tom Herman’s three-year tenure at Texas. It was also the seventh-longest run by a Longhorn this decade. The others were:
- D’Onta Foreman: 93 yards vs. Kansas (11/7/2015).
- Chris Warren III: 91 yards vs. Texas Tech (11/26/2015)
- Daje Johnson: 84 yards vs. Baylor (10/20/2012).
- Foreman: 81 yards vs. Oklahoma (10/10/2015).
- Foreman: 74 yards vs. Texas Tech (11/5/2016).
- Marquise Goodwin: 69 yards vs. Ole Miss (9/15/2012).
2. Historic moment
History was made on the second snap of the second half. With a first down at the Texas 40, UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger was sacked by Baylor defensive end James Lynch. It was the 18th sack of Lynch’s career and that set a record at Baylor.
Backed up 5 yards by Lynch’s sack, Texas punted a few plays later.
Lynch, a junior from Round Rock, added a sack in the fourth quarter. Ehlinger was sacked five times Saturday.
3. Nice catch
By scoring on both of its third-quarter possessions, Baylor quickly pulled away from the Longhorns. The Bears’ second score in the quarter was a 12-yard touchdown catch by Denzel Mims. That play got Baylor the points, but it was Mims’ second-most impressive reception on the nine-play drive.
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On a fourth-and-5 at the Texas 44, Baylor managed to draw Texas offside. After UT jumped, Baylor got the snap off for a free play. Quarterback Charlie Brewer then found Mims near the Bears’ sideline, and the senior made an acrobatic catch in front of Texas cornerback Jalen Green that was upheld by replay.
4. Flags aplenty
After falling behind 24-3 in the fourth quarter, Texas lost its composure as it attempted to mount a comeback. With UT facing a third-and-4 at the Baylor 32, center Zach Shackelford was whistled for a personal foul after receiver Malcolm Epps was dropped for a short loss. Fellow offensive lineman Parker Braun was then called for unsportsmanlike conduct before the next snap.
That sequence backed Texas up to its 38-yard-line. Ehlinger threw an incomplete pass on the next play, and the team was forced to punt.
Texas offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty later in the final quarter. Those three penalties accounted for 45 of UT’s season-high 104 penalty yards.
5. Late score
Baylor secured a spot in the Big 12 championship game with Saturday’s win. The celebration, however, was delayed a bit as Texas attempted to score in the waning seconds. Using five plays and a timeout, Texas marched 55 yards and got into the end zone on Daniel Young’s 4-yard run with 1 second left.
The late score helped Texas avoid its first touchdown-less game under Herman. Texas was last held without a touchdown in a 31-9 loss to TCU on Nov. 25, 2016. The Longhorns have now scored at least one touchdown in 39 straight games against Baylor.