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Baylor vs. Texas: Longhorns win sloppy shootout

In a defense optional game, Texas ended their two-game losing streak to the Bears with a 56-50 win on Saturday night.

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Longhorn fans relieved to end losing streak

The Texas Longhorns survived a shootout against the Baylor Bears on Saturday, coming away with a 56-50 win. The Longhorns ended a two-game skid that included embarrassing losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma, but the defense was still extremely porous. SB Nation's Texas blog, Burnt Orange Nation, went through their emotions following the win:

It was a somewhat anticlimactic end to a shootout to have the Longhorns line up in the victory formation for the game's final plays, and the odd timeout call by Mack Brown extended things a little bit longer in a game that went nearly four hours, but the predominant feeling in the stadium when the final horn sounded seemed to be relief.

The Longhorn defense had another rough day, giving up 50 points and 607 total yards, but they were able to hold the powerful Baylor offense to field goals at important moments:

Holding the Bears to field goals before the half in a classic bend-but-don't-totally-break situation when Baylor moved the ball down the field about 70 yards with ease without even having to use their final timeout was a huge, but the two stops in the second half were even bigger and Art Briles did Texas a favor settling for a field goal on a 4th and 4 from the Texas 27 in a game that was always going to be decided by touchdowns.

They were also relieved to see a nice performance from running back Joe Bergeron, who had struggled for the past couple of weeks:

Maybe it was just Baylor, but Bergeron looked healthy, sharking five touchdowns overall and taking 19 carries for 117 yards in what was his best performance of the season.

Finally, they pointed out that quarterback David Ash looks like he's healthy, and his wrist doesn't seem to be an issue at this point:

With what appeared to only be a wrap on it underneath his play wristband, Ash didn't suffer any noticeable ill effects, scrambling on one play late and taking a hit on that side of his body after it appeared that he passed up an opportunity earlier in the game.


Baylor blog reacts to more defensive struggles

The Baylor Bears lost another tough game on Saturday, falling to the No. 25 Texas Longhorns 56-50 at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

The loss, which drops the Bears to 3-3 on the season and 0-3 in the Big 12, showcased further struggles by the Baylor defense. Despite putting up 50 points and over 600 yards of offense against Texas, the Bears were unable to contain the Longhorns offense and lost in yet another shootout.

The Bears have scored 134 points in their past three games, yet have allowed 175 points in what have been three straight losses for Baylor. With Nick Florence leading one of the country's top offensive attacks, building off of the success in 2011 under Robert Griffin III, it was expected that Baylor would continue as one of the more feared teams in the Big 12.

Instead, as Mark C. Moore of Our Daily Bears points out, the defense has let down the team to the point where drastic changes may have to be made:

I've tried to be rational about the defense this season. Lord knows how hard I've tried. We've gotten to the point now where I think the rational belief is that Phil Bennett has to go. The issues we have in tackling, alignment, and scheme lay at his feet and his alone. Art Briles ceded control of that side of the ball to him two years ago in the hope that things would get better. They haven't. They've gotten much, much worse.

I know we have a disparity in talent with most other good teams in our league. I know we have had difficulty recruiting at important positions like the defensive line. I also know that there are scores of teams across the country with less talent that put a superior product on the field. There is no justification for how bad we are that is acceptable. This kind of repeated performance is not acceptable.

Baylor will have another tough test next week, as they travel to take on No. 24 Iowa State on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.


Texas vs. Baylor final: Longhorns win 56-50

The Texas Longhorns won a shootout over the Baylor Bears, 56-50. This game was all offense from the start. The Bears and Longhorns combined to score 35 points in the first quarter, only to top this output with 38 in the second.

Bears quarterback Nick Florence scored with his legs and his arm in the opening quarter, as Baylor took a 21-14 lead. It was then all Longhorns running back Joe Bergeron in the second quarter, as the sophomore registered three rushing touchdowns to help Texas enter the half with a 42-31 advantage.

Baylor scored three times in the third, including two 40-plus-yard field goals by kicker Aaron Jones, to make it a one-possession game heading into the final quarter.

Longhorns quarterback David Ash tossed his first touchdown pass of the game to make it 56-43. The Bears were able to once again cut it to six, as Florence scrambled for his second rushing touchdown, but Texas held on for the victory.

Box Score Hero: Five of Bergeron’s 19 carries went for touchdowns, as the Longhorns running back finished with 117 yards.

Rankings Ramifications: Texas will certainly remain in the Top 25 following their victory, and they could jump into the Top 20.

But Did They Cover? Texas entered the game favored by nine points, so they were unable to cover the spread.

Next Week's Schedule:

Texas - @ Kansas 10/27

Baylor - @ Iowa State 10/27

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Baylor Bears lead Longhorns, 21-14

As has been customary in recent weeks for the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns, both defenses struggled to slow the opposing offenses, but it was the Bears that jumped out to a 21-14 lead.

Texas put up the game's first points as Daje Johnson ran 84 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Less than four minutes later, the Longhorns turned the ball over on downs deep in their own territory after a snap went over the head of their punter. Baylor took advantage of the golden opportunity with a game-tying touchdown on the very next snap, as quarterback Nick Florence ran eight yards for a score.

Texas responded with a nine-play, 72 yard drive that finished with a 15-yard touchdown run by Joe Bergeron. Baylor reciprocated with a nine-play drive of their own of 75 yards, that concluded with a two-yard touchdown run by Glasco Martin.

Baylor earned their first lead of the game shortly thereafter by forcing Texas to a three-and-out and scoring on the first play following the punt. Florence connected with Terrence Williams for an 80-yard touchdown pass to give the Bears a 21-14 that they held for the remainder of the quarter.


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DE Reggie Wilson ready to fill Jeffcoat's shoes

Texas Longhorns defensive end Reggie Wilson will have some big shoes to fill when he makes his first career start against Baylor on Saturday, but fellow Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor is confident the junior is ready and able to do so.

Okafor told the Dallas Star-Telegram:

"Reggie has just been a player in waiting," said Okafor, who leads UT with six sacks. "Before this, he was one of the best backups in college football. It's his time now."

Wilson is being called upon to replace one of the Longhorn's best defensive players, junior Jackson Jeffcoat, who led the team with 11 tackles for a loss and is second in sacks with four. Jeffcoat is out for the year after rupturing a pectoral muscle in last week's 63-21 loss to Oklahoma.

Wilson, who has one sack and 11 total tackles in six games this season, has impressed the Longhorns staff with his pass rushing ability and speed. The 6-foot-3, 259 pounder was clocked at 4.8 in the 40 yard sprint in high school

Kickoff for Saturday's intra-state clash is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ABC, ESPN 3, Game Plan PPV and ESPN Mobile TV.


Texas favored by two scores over Baylor

Mack Brown has made a career in Austin out of rebounding from blowout losses to OU, which may be one reason why Texas is favored by -11 points over Baylor after their 63-21 drubbing at the hands of the Sooners last Saturday.

Despite injuring his wrist, David Ash is expected to be under center for Texas. In 2011, with Ash ineffective, the Longhorns had to turn to Case McCoy, who couldn't keep up with RG3 as the Bears romped to a 48-24 victory in Waco.

However, RG3 is gone, and while the Bears program is much improved under Art Briles, their 49-21 home loss to TCU last Saturday showed how much further they still have to go to ensure their place in the middle-tier of Big 12 schools.

Nick Florence threw 4 INT's in his worst performance as a starter, but he's likely licking his chops to play a Texas defense that couldn't tackle, cover or really do much of anything against OU.

The odds-makers expect another of the shootouts that the conference has become known for on Saturday, as the over/under for the game has been set at 80.5.

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