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Baylor wears down Texas in the second half, 28-7

Posted October 4th, 2014

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IT’S OVER.

Seventh-ranked Baylor has beaten Texas, 28-7.

It wasn’t pretty for the Bears, who have the nation’s No. 1-ranked scoring offense and have averaged nearly 60 points a game against the likes of SMU, Northwestern State, Buffalo and Iowa State.

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But Baylor eventually wore down a Texas defense that began looking tired in the fourth quarter, and a fake punt called by Art Briles woke up what had been a lethargic offense in the third quarter.

The Longhorns couldn’t get anything going offensively for most of the game, beyond a nice effort from Johnathan Gray, who rushed for 81 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. But they had a lot going defensively; Texas stifled the Bears for most of the game and sacked Bryce Petty twice.

As the game ended, Baylor fans could be heard in the stands: “We’re still Baylor!”

It was Baylor’s fourth win over Texas in the past five years.

Some final stats:

TOTAL OFFENSE: Baylor 390 yards, Texas 334

RUSHING YARDS: Baylor 279, Texas 192

PASSING YARDS: Texas 142, Baylor 111

TIME OF POSSESSION: Texas, 33:19; Baylor, 26:41

THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS: Texas 6-17, Baylor 6-18

INDIVIDUAL PASSING: Texas, Tyrone Swoopes 15-33-142, 0/2. Baylor, Bryce Petty 7-22-111, 2/0.

INDIVIDUAL RUSHING: Texas, Johnathan Gray 13-81-1; Malcolm Brown 13-57; Swoopes 13-38, Armanti Foreman 1-11, Daje Johnson 1-5. Baylor, Shock Linwood 28-148-1; Johnny Jefferson 11-72; Devin Chafin 8-34; Spencer Roth 1-19; Petty 11-7.

INDIVIDUAL RECEIVING: Texas, John Harris 1-34; Marcus Johnson 2-30; Alex De La Torre 1-23; Jaxon Shipley 3-20; Geoff Swaim 2-13; Malcolm Brown 2-10; Gray 2-6; M.J. McFarland 2-6. Baylor, Antwan Goodley 4-69-1; Corey Coleman 1-30-1; KD Cannon 1-8; Levi Norwood 1-4.

Baylor improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. Texas drops to 2-3, 1-1.

Up next for Texas: Oklahoma, 11 a.m. next Saturday, at the Cotton Bowl.

Up next for Baylor: TCU, 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, in Waco.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 2:14 left.

It’s Baylor 28, Texas 7.

And there goes the shutout.

Texas has finally gotten on the scoreboard, thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Gray. And that was thanks to a fourth-down pass interference call on Baylor in the endzone.

The Longhorns opted to go for it on fourth down, rather than kick the field goal. Texas hasn’t been shut out at home since 1976.

It was Gray’s first touchdown of the season.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 6:37 left.

It’s Baylor 28, Texas 0.

The Bears have added a touchdown — Bryce Petty’s second scoring pass of the game — on a fourth-and-8 play from Texas’ 30, leading 21-0.

Baylor’s kicker is 1 of 6 this season on field goals.

In 17 career starts, Petty has thrown for at least two touchdowns in 16 games.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 11:00 left.

It’s Baylor 21, Texas 0.

The Bears have gone up by three touchdowns on a short run by Shock Linwood.

Texas’ defense looked tired on the drive, which was dominated by run play after run play.

And, in case you’re wondering, Texas hasn’t been shut out at home since 1976.

Earlier updates …

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 7:02 left.

It’s Baylor 14, Texas 0.

And, just like that, Baylor has scored.

But it took some Art Briles trickery to jumpstart the Bears’ lethargic offense.

Baylor, after having another drive stall near midfield, called a fake punt on fourth-and-5, converted it, and took the wind out of Texas’ defensive sails. Three plays later, Bryce Petty hit Antwan Goodley for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Earlier updates …

IT’S HALFTIME.

Seventh-ranked Baylor leads Texas, 7-0.

The good news is that Texas surely must feel good, being down only a touchdown against a team that’s been putting up 60 points a game.

The bad news is that this easily could’ve been a 7-7 game, but the Longhorns made a critical mistake — fumbling the ball at Baylor’s 1-yard line on a bad snap exchange between center Jake Raulerson and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. It’s not their first issue with bad snaps this season, but this certainly was the biggest.

The turnover wiped out what would’ve been a 99-yard touchdown drive. And earlier on the drive, Swoopes’ touchdown pass to Malcolm Brown was nullified by a holding penalty on Sedrick Flowers.

Texas’ drive began after the big goal-line stand that prevented Baylor from going up 14-0.

So far, defense has been Texas’ story of the day.

The good, for Texas: (1) The defense has been playing tough. (2) Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown are running hard. (3) The tight ends are getting involved. (4) That goal-line stand.

The bad, for Texas: (1) Get the snap down, fellas. That’s what’s practice is for. (2) Swoopes is statistically outperforming Petty — marginally, at that — but is overthrowing and underthrowing targets all over the place. (3) Another week, another field goal/kicking failure. (4) John Harris (no catches) has been invisible so far.

Speaking of invisible, Baylor’s KD Cannon has no catches either.

Some first half stats:

Total yards: Texas 190, Baylor 129

Rushing yards: Texas 111, Baylor 86

Passing yards: Texas 79, Baylor 43

Penalties: Baylor 6-62, Texas 2-20

Time of possession: Texas 18:41, Baylor 11:19

Turnovers: Texas 2, Baylor 0

INDIVIDUAL STATS:

PASSING: Texas, Swoopes 9-17-79, 0/1. Baylor, Petty 4-11-43, 0/0

RUSHING: Texas, Gray 6-46, Brown 6-31, Swoopes 8-18, Foreman 1-11, Daje Johnson 1-5. Baylor, Linwood 10-46, Jefferson 7-33, Petty 5-7.

RECEIVING: Texas, Shipley 3-20, De La Torre 1-23, Marcus Johnson 1-13, Gray 1-7, Swaim 1-7, McFarland 1-5, Brown 1-4. Baylor, Goodley 3-39, Norwood 1-4.

Texas will get the ball to start the second half.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 3:13 left.

It’s still Baylor 7, Texas 0.

No scoring update — but there very nearly were two of them, on back to back plays.

Texas has just turned Baylor’s No. 1-ranked scoring offense back on back-to-back defensive plays inside the 1-yard line. A true defensive stand.

The Bears had moved methodically down the field. On second-and-goal, Petty was stopped at the half-yard line, even though it looked like he had scored. There was an official review to make sure.

On third-and-goal, Shock Linwood was stuffed at the line, for no gain. That was reviewed, too.

On fourth down, Petty’s sneak up the middle went nowhere. And yes, that was reviewed as well.

Texas, starting at its own half-yard line, got much-needed breathing room thanks to a 23-yard pass from Tyrone Swoopes to Alex De La Torre, coming out of the backfield.

Swoopes’ ensuing third-and-10 pass to Lorenzo Joe was incomplete, but Baylor’s Xavien Howard was flagged for defensive holding, giving Texas new life. A holding call forced Texas into a second-and-13 situation, but Swoopes rattled off a 10-yard keeper. And his third-down pass to M.J. McFarland was good for a first down.

Texas has it, first and 10, at the Longhorns’ 47.

Which quarterback is outplaying the other? It’s a push.

Petty is 4 of 11 for 43 yards, with a passer rating of 69.2; Swoopes is 8 of 16 for 66 yards and an interception, with a rating of 72.2.

Catching you up on what Texas has done with the ball:

On their second drive, the Longhorns did what they couldn’t do on their first: Move the ball. Johnathan Gray had some nice runs, Swoopes contributed a run or two, and Texas took advantage of a defensive holding penalty.

But the drive stalled at the 29, and Texas decided not to try a 46-yard field goal attempt, instead going for it on fourth-and-6. Swoopes overthrew Jaxon Shipley at the 10 — Marcus Johnson, however, was open on a shorter route that would’ve provided the first down.

Texas’ third drive resulted in a Swoopes interception. He telegraphed his third-down pass to M.J. McFarland, and Baylor’s Orion Stewart stepped in front of the throw, giving the Bears the ball near midfield.

The fourth drive started with a nice 26-yard run by Johnathan Gray, but Swoopes then threw three straight incompletions to force the punt. Baylor’s ensuing drive was the one that ended with the goal-line stand.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 9:02 left.

It’s Baylor 7, Texas 0.

The Bears have struck first — not with a pass, not with a run, but with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.

Beau Blackshear blocked Nick Rose’s super-low attempt from 52 yards away, and safety Terrell Burt returned it 62 yards for the touchdown in front of the Texas sideline.

Both sides whiffed on their first drives, though Texas missed a golden opportunity with theirs, getting the ball near midfield after a momentum-building defensive stand on Baylor’s first series.

There’s been a Daje Johnson sighting. Reinstated just before kickoff from his four-game suspension, Johnson had a 5-yard end-around on the drive.

Baylor, which is scoring about 22 points in first quarters this season, went backward on its first series. And through the first four downs of the game, there was already drama. Texas stuffed Baylor for short yardage on back-to-back runs, and then Bryce Petty’s short pass to Levi Norwood on third-and-5 was ruled inches short of the first down.

There was a review, and the mark was upheld. That set up fourth-and-inches at Baylor’s own 35.

Shock Linwood was met near the line by defensive end Caleb Bluiett. It looked like the ball was loose for an instant, and then there was a scrum, and even as the crowd roared and some Texas players began to celebrate, it was ruled a first down for Baylor.

An offensive pass interference call, followed by a delay of game penalty, moved the Bears back into a third-and-27 from their own 18. Petty’s third-down bubble screen was incomplete.

There’s been a tweak on the offensive line. Darius James, who has been backing up, is starting at right tackle. Kent Perkins, who has been playing right tackle, is at right guard. Taylor Doyle, who had been starting at right guard, is out of the starting lineup.

The starting line, from left to right: LT Marcus Hutchins, LG Sedrick Flowers, C Jake Raulerson, RG Kent Perkins, RT Darius James.

Texas won the toss, and chose to get the ball to start the second half.

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