BAYLOR 30, TEXAS 10.
Why Baylor won: We’re not sure what Art Briles said at halftime, but it worked. The Bears turned a tight 3-3 defensive slugfest into a breakout third quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points that rattled the Longhorns. The passing game was good enough, Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk averaged almost 5 yards a carry and the defense held strong.
Why Texas lost: Not having a passing game (Case McCoy was 12 of 34 for only 54 yards, with two picks) hurt, especially when Joe Bergeron was lost in the first quarter (ankle). Malcolm Brown shined (25-131), but he was about the only offensive positive. The secondary played well, considering the opponent. But Texas was horrible on third downs, converting only 2 of 17 chances, and missed out on four turnover opportunities.
“We didn’t make the plays that we needed to make,” Mack Brown said. “I’m proud of the way we played this year, but disappointed in tonight. … We didn’t hit any passes. We just weren’t consistent on offense at all. It was just an ugly night for us offensively.”
Kirk Bohls’ game takeaway: “Case McCoy had a history of doing just enough to spur Texas to monumental wins (Texas A&M, OU, Kansas), but his expiration date as a miracle worker came up Saturday. He was downright dreadful and didn’t give his team a chance. His scatter-armed performance was emblematic of a gusty, plucky quarterback who milked every ounce of his potential out of his limited skills but ran amok against a superior opponent with inferior weather conditions.”
Cedric Golden’s game takeaway: “Mack Brown has been everything Texas’ fan base could’ve hoped for when he arrived in 1998, but the sun might have set on his tenure here. The egg laying in Waco was a kick to the stomach to those who believed he could return Texas to elite status. Another no-show second half could signal the end.”
Randy Riggs’s game takeaway: “Afterward, Mack Brown made passing reference to getting ready for spring drills in late February, but wouldn’t talk about whether he’ll be the Longhorns coach conducting them. It’s certainly the elephant in the room.”
Mark Rosner’s game takeaway: “Baylor fans were really dedicated, sticking around in the brutal cold to celebrate the school’s first Big 12 title, first trip to a BCS game and the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium.”
Texas’ bowl prospects: We’ll find out Sunday, but we think the Longhorns will end up in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28, against either Nebraska or Michigan. Or they might end up in the Alamo Bowl for the second straight year, against either Arizona State or UCLA on Dec. 30.
Mack Brown’s status: Well, he didn’t announce anything immediately after the game. He was asked about it, but deflected any talk about his coaching future. He said he wanted to talk about the team.
If he has decided to step down, Sunday would be a logical time to do it so that the players and interim coach would have the month to prepare for the bowl game. But we also believe he WANTS to come back, because he wants to bring the program back to where it was.
In the end, we think it’ll be Mack’s decision, and that he won’t get fired.
About a half-dozen players, including Case McCoy, Jackson Jeffcoat, Cedric Reed, Jaxon Shipley and Mason Walters, were unified in support of Brown after the game.
“We all love coach Brown,” junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley said, “and we would love for him to continue to be our coach.”
Big crowd: Floyd Casey Stadium went out in style. There was a crowd of 51,728 on hand to watch the Bears’ win. That’s an all-time record for the stadium, which is going away to make way for Baylor’s new stadium on the banks of the Brazos starting next year.
Missed turnovers: Texas let four golden opportunities for turnovers get away — a Baylor fumble on the sideline that Adrian Phillips briefly touched as the ball bounced on the ground; another Baylor fumble recovered (briefly) by Dalton Santos, who likely would have scored a defensive touchdown had he only been able to hold onto the ball; an interception by Quandre Diggs — still without a pick in 2013, after leading Texas in interceptions the past two years — that passed through his hands; and a botched punt return that Jalen Overstreet and Adrian Colbert both had shots at recovering inside Baylor’s 5-yard line in the fourth quarter before it bounced out of bounds.
Notables: Malcolm Brown’s 131 yards were only four yards off his career high. He’s averaged 101 yards a game over Texas’ last seven games, and has averaged 110 since Johnathan Gray’s injury. … Brown is now 17th on Texas’ career rushing list; he was 21st when the day started. … Anthony Fera, who’s one of three national finalists for the Lou Groza Award, was 1 of 2 on field goals. His first attempt was deflected at the line. It snapped his streak of 15 straight field goals, which was tied with Phil Dawson for the school’s longest ever. The irony? The deflection came from Baylor’s 6-foot-9 defensive end Shawn Oakman, who was Fera’s former teammate at Penn State before they both transferred. … Jackson Jeffcoat, who had two sacks, led the Big 12 this year and finished his career with 26.5 sacks, eighth-best in school history. He has 12 sacks on the year, and his 11 tackles Saturday were a career high.
First downs: Baylor had 29, Texas 12.
Total offense: Baylor had 508 yards, or about 130 yards off their average. Texas had 217 yards, or about 225 off its average.
Turnovers: Texas had two, both interceptions. Baylor had none.
Time of possession: Baylor held the ball for 31:38, Texas for 28:22. So much for controlling the clock.
Rushing yards: Baylor outrushed Texas, 221 yards to 163. It was supposed to be the other way around.
Passing yards: Baylor outpassed Texas too, 287 yards to 54.
Third down conversions: A big key to the game. Baylor was 7 of 19 on third-down conversions. Texas was only 2 of 17.
Sacks: Texas had two, both from Jeffcoat. Baylor had one.
Passing: Bryce Petty was 21 of 37 for 287 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. Case McCoy was 12 of 34 for 54 yards, 1 TD and two picks.
“It’s disappointing,” McCoy said. “It’s disappointing for the seniors who played for this team and the coaches. It’s a hard loss to take when it was so close. It was something we fought for and worked for to get to this point. It’s just a disappointing feeling.”
Rushing: Malcolm Brown had 25 carries for 131 yards. For Texas, that was about it — Daje Johnson had two carries for 19 yards, Jalen Overstreet two carries for 5 yards, McCoy three carries for 9 yards, and Joe Bergeron three carries for minus-1 yard before he was lost for the game late in the first quarter.
For Baylor, Glasco Martin had 22 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown and Lache Seastrunk had 15 carries for 78 yards. Petty added 24 yards on 10 carries, Shock Linwood had three carries for 14 yards and Devin Chafin had two carries for 5 yards.
Receiving: Baylor’s Antwan Goodley led all receivers, with eight catches for 114 yards. Corey Coleman had five grabs for 78 yards, Levi Norwood four for 36 yards and a touchdown, Clay Fuller two for 26, Martin one for 25 and Jordan Najvar one for 8.
For Texas, Brown had four catches for 19 yards and a touchdown, Mike Davis had three catches for 14 yards, Jaxon Shipley had three catches for 11 yards and Johnson had two catches for 10 yards.
Defense: Linebacker Peter Jinkens led Texas with 12 tackles. Jeffcoat had 11 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss. Mykkele Thompson, Malcom Brown and Adrian Phillips had six tackles.
For Baylor, Eddie Lackey had 13 tackles.
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