AUSTIN (KXAN) — Baylor will have a long time to think about this loss before they play Texas again.
The No. 3 Longhorns went into McLane Stadium and ran all over the Bears to win 38-6 Saturday in what’s presumably the final meeting between the teams for the foreseeable future. Texas will jump to the Southeastern Conference next season.
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Texas piled up 503 total yards including 175 on the ground and four touchdowns to overwhelm the Baylor defense. On the other side of the ball, the Texas defense smothered the Baylor ground game to allow 60 yards on 31 attempts. Baylor had the ball inside the Texas 5-yard line three times during the game, and each time, the Longhorns kept the Bears out of the end zone.
“We’ve been playing really good red zone defense all year, and I think tonight was another example of that.” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We do a drill called red zone lockout, and it’s good-on-good in practice, and the guys take a lot of pride in that.”
Jonathon Brooks led the Longhorns with 106 rushing yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns while CJ Baxter and Quinn Ewers also scored on the ground. Through the air, Ewers was 18 of 23 for 293 yards with a touchdown. Ja’Tavion Sanders hauled in five catches for 110 yards.
Brooks set the tone with a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and the Longhorns never trailed in the game. Brooks scored his second touchdown from 2 yards behind aspiring fullback/defensive tackle Byron Murphy with 2:26 left in the second quarter.
Texas led 28-6 at halftime and held Baylor to 11 rushing yards and 121 total yards as Baylor quarterback Sawyer Robertson struggled against a fierce Longhorns pass rush. Texas notched five sacks and eight tackles for loss.
“Everybody was on the same page,” Longhorns linebacker Jaylan Ford said. He had a team-high eight tackles with a tackle for loss and an interception. “Our ability to communicate, and how we played with effort and being physical, it makes it so much easier to play this style of defense.”
The Longhorns defense forced four turnovers on downs and Ford picked off Robertson in the end zone to keep the Bears from a touchdown. Robertson was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter, finishing 20-for-35 with 203 yards and an interception. Former Westwood standout RJ Martinez relieved Robertson and completed 9 of 18 passes for 102 yards. Baylor’s first-string quarter Blake Shapen was on the sideline with a knee injury he suffered in the season-opening loss to Texas State.
Things weren’t perfect for the Longhorns, however, specifically on special teams. Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington both muffed punts that were recovered by Baylor and Bert Auburn hit the upright on a 26-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter. Auburn made a 37-yard kick in the third quarter.
Johntay Cook II hauled in a 51-yard bomb from Ewers in the third quarter. It helped set up an Ewers to Worthy 21-yard touchdown to cap a 7-play, 95-yard drive with 5:36 left in the frame.
Ewers, not exactly known for his running abilities, ripped off a 29-yard scramble for a touchdown in the second quarter, tip-toeing down the sideline to make it happen on third down. It gave the Longhorns a 14-3 lead, and Ewers wasn’t really looking to get all the way to the end zone.
“JT got a good block and I ran off his hip and ended up scoring,” Ewers said. “It was all a blur.”
Texas (4-0, 1-0 Big 12 Conference) hosts Kansas (4-0, 1-0) at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 30. The Jayhawks picked up a 38-27 win over BYU, outscoring the Cougars 24-10 in the second half.
Final: Texas 38, Baylor 6. Longhorns stayed undefeated at 4-0 and they open Big 12 play with a win
5:40 4Q: Texas stops Baylor for the fourth time on fourth down and the Longhorns take over on their own 15. Time to kill the clock and get out of there with a win.
9:28 4Q: Special teams not having a good day for Texas. Auburn doinks the upright from 26 yards out following a snap infraction that turned 4th-and-goal from the 3 to the 8. Texas was set to go for it on 4th-and-3. Baylor takes over on its own 8
14:55 4Q: Justice Finkley drops Robertson for a loss of 10 yards and it’s a turnover on downs for Texas. Texas takes over on its 18-yard line
End 3Q: Texas 38, Baylor 6. The Bears have it at the Texas 8 on a 4th-and-goal. Assuming they’ll go for it because they should go for it.
2:40 3Q: Texas muffs another punt, this one by Whittington, and the Baylor LS Garrison Grimes recovers the muff AGAIN. Baylor gets another break with the all at the Texas 19
5:36 3Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Ewers to Worthy over the middle for a 21-yard TD. Longhorns turn the Ford INT into points. PAT good. 7 plays, 95 yards, 3:28. Longhorns 38, Baylor 6
6:35 3Q: Ewers to Johntay Cook II for 51 yards. Ewers put some nice air under the ball and Cook ran under it. It’s Cook’s first collegiate reception.
9:04 3Q: On 4th-and-goal from the 4, Robertson throws it to Jaylan Ford. They are on opposite teams. Ford returns the INT out of the end zone to the 5 and the Texas D stands up again
12:24 3Q: FIELD GOAL TEXAS: Bert Auburn hits from 37 yards out after the drive stalls following Sanders’ huge play. 6 plays, 55 yards, 2:36. Longhorns 31, Bears 6
Halftime: Texas 28, Baylor 6. Texas outgained Baylor 256-121 in the first half and 95-11 on the ground. Brooks with 9 carries for 63 yards and two TDs. Ewers and Baxter also with rushing TDs for the Longhorns. Baylor is averaging 3 yards per play and is 3-for-11 on third down.
0:44 2Q: FIELD GOAL BAYLOR: A win for Texas there after the muffed punt holding Baylor to a field goal. Hankins hits from 36 yards. 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:50. Longhorns 28, Bears 6
1:34 2Q: Worthy muffs the punt and Baylor jumps on it at the Texas 21-yard line. Robertson heading back on the field for Baylor
2:26 2Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: With Byron Murphy leading the way, Brooks is in for a 2-yard TD. PAT good. 5 plays, 46 yards, 1:49. Longhorns 28, Bears 3
4:15 2Q: T’vondre Sweat and the Texas DL swallow Dawson Pendergrass for no gain on 4th-and-2 to get a turnover on downs. Texas takes over on the Baylor 47
7:03 2Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: CJ Baxter strolls into the end zone from 7 yards out. PAT good. 2 plays, 42 yards, 0:32. Longhorns 21, Bears 3
7:35 2Q: Xavier Worthy said during media availability earlier this week that sometime this season he’s going to return a kick for a TD. It almost happened there. He takes the punt 40 yards to the Baylor 42.
9:07 2Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Wow. That was Quinn Ewers running the ball. A 29-yard scramble tip-toeing the sideline for a TD. PAT good. 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:28. Longhorns 14, Bears 3
12:35 2Q: Robertson connected on a 23-yard pass to Monaray Baldwin on the first play of the drive, and then threw two bad passes to kill the drive. Oof. Texas takes over on its own 25
14:05 2Q: Texas punts and Baylor begins the 2Q on its own 22. They have -2 rushing yards so far but Robertson is starting to settle in throwing the ball
End 1Q: Texas 7, Baylor 3. Texas has it on its own 35, 2nd-and-7 to start the 2Q
1:07 1Q: FIELD GOAL BAYLOR: Isaiah Hankins hits the chip shot 22-yard FG to get Baylor on the board. 9 plays, 70 yards, 4:08. Longhorns 7, Bears 3
5:15 1Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Jonathon Brooks rumbles 40 yards for the game’s first touchdown. PAT good. 2 plays, 55 yards, 0:46. Longhorns 7, Bears 0
6:01 1Q: Baylor punts again and their first two drives have resulted in -5 total yards. Texas takes over on its own 45-yard line after a 30-yard punt by Palmer Williams.
9:14 1Q: Texas moves the ball 16 yards on its first drive and has to punt. It crosses the goal line so Baylor takes over on its own 20-yard line
12:47 1Q: Xavier Worthy calls for a fair catch on the punt and the Longhorns will begin their first drive on their own 42-yard line
13:36 1Q: Texas sacks Robertson on back-to-back plays to force a 4th and about a mile for the Bears. Jett Bush got to Robertson on 2nd down, and then Byron Murphy dropped him on 3rd down
15:00 1Q: The heat index at McLane Stadium is 103. Yikes. Also, Texas wins the coin toss and defers its choice to the second half, so Baylor will get the ball to start the game