Longhorns defense on high alert against Baylor

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns take a five-game win streak into Saturday’s game against Baylor and will try to make it four in a row over the Bears.  

Texas is looking for their first six-game win streak since 2009 when they went 13-0 before losing the National Championship game to Alabama.  

It’s been an impressive turnaround for Baylor (4-2, 2-1) under 2nd year coach Matt Rhule after winning just one game last season.

“They’ve improved, we’ve got a ton of respect for Matt Rhule, he’s done a really good job improving that team,” said Texas head coach Tom Herman. Herman also coached against Rhule when he was the head coach at Houston and Rhule was head coach at Temple.   

Baylor will mark the second straight high powered passing offense the Longhorns will face. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer is 15th in the nation in passing yards (1,558) despite sharing some time at quarterback with Jalen McClendon. “He’s really good,” said Herman. “He has a chance to be special. He’s a true sophomore. I can’t say enough about his development.”

Brewer has a speedy group of receivers led by Jalen Hurd (42 Rec, 550 yards, 3 TDs) and Denzel Mims (32 Rec, 449 yards, 3 TDs). While Brewer is a capable runner, he does not pose the threat Texas faced last week in OU’s Kyler Murray.  

Expect to see UT defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to turn that Longhorn pass rush loose, Texas has 10 sacks in their last four games after just one sack in their first two games.  

The Texas offense is coming off its best performance of the season with 48 points and more than 500 yards of offense against Oklahoma. The Longhorns would like to improve their running game and Baylor might be the team to do it against. The Bears are allowing 193 yards per game including 319 to Kansas State. Texas running back Keontay Ingram is coming off his most productive game with 86 yards on 13 carries against Oklahoma.

3 keys for Texas

Run run run: Texas has been effective running the ball but have not had that breakout game where they can grind it out on the ground. Baylor ranks last in the Big 12 against the run, giving up just under 192 yards per game.

Turnovers: One of the best ways for an underdog to pull off the upset is to give them extra possessions. Horns have not committed a turnover in their last three games.

Focus. Sounds easy enough, Texas will be back home, riding the momentum, but have to avoid the letdown. Not just because they are coming off four consecutive emotional wins, but because they are headed into their bye week after seven straight games without a break.

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