It’s not often a team holds Bryce Petty to just seven completions and a pedestrian 111 yards. It’s even more rare for the team that does so to lose by 21 in uninspiring fashion, but maybe that just goes to show just how drastic the role reversal of Baylor and Texas has now become.
On a day in which Art Briles’ well-oiled offensive machine was derailed for just 390 total yards, Baylor simply turned to its other sides of the ball to best the Longhorns for the fourth time in five games.
With the Bears’ air raid sputtering to a sluggish start due to an impressive showing by the Longhorns’ defense, Baylor utilized a huge second half by running back Shock Linwood and some impressive special team plays to snag a 28-7 win. Linwood, who finished the day with 148 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, shouldered a hefty load for the Bears while their aggressive defense saw too many snaps.
Baylor struck first, not with Petty’s arm, but with Beau Blackshear’s. Blackshear leapt into the air and blocked a potential 52-yard field goal that Terrell Burt promptly scooped up and took to the house. The two teams then traded offensive gaffes — Baylor getting stuffed from its own one-yard line and Tyrone Swoops fumbling from that very spot later in the quarter — to preserve a 7-0 halftime score.
But the Bears were able to crack Texas’ solid defense in the second half behind the legs of Linwood and, yes, their punter. With the game still hanging in the balance in the third quarter, Spencer Roth took momentum into his own hands by faking a punt for 19 yards to set up a 29-yard touchdown strike from Petty to Antwan Goodley. The punt poked a hole in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and deflated the whole thing. Linwood punched in a score from two yards out to increase the lead to 21-0, and the Longhorns would not get on the board until 2:41 remained and the outcome was very much decided.
Texas coach Charlie Strong’s superb defensive game plan was outshined by Baylor’s sheer ability to put points on the board, struggles be damned. On a day in which Heisman contender Bryce Petty was pinned down for almost the entire game, the Bears created opportunities and found a way to secure a victory on the road in Big 12 play.
Just days after UT wide out John Harris decried the Bears’ recent success by saying “They’re still Baylor,” Art Briles’ team — 5-0 and ranked No. 7 in last week’s Top 25 — showed the Longhorns why he was right.
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