AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns snapped a two-game losing streak with a 27-16 win against Baylor Saturday at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.
Sam Ehlinger wouldn’t be denied scoring all three of the Longhorns’ touchdowns. He finished the day with 270 passing yards and 51 rushing yards.
With the win, the Longhorns move to 3-2 overall with a road trip to Oklahoma State on deck next weekend.
Below is our live blog with a full breakdown of the game.
Pregame update: Baylor will be missing several starting offensive lineman due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
Texas won the toss and deferred the option to the second half, so the Longhorns defense will be on the field first.
Baylor 1st possession, 1st quarter
What happened: Brewer found R.J. Sneed for a nice 17-yard gain down the sideline. Longhorns defensive back Chris Brown really should’ve intercepted Brewer’s next pass attempt, but it fell incomplete. On third-and-8 from the Baylor 37, Brewer completed a pass to Gavin Stone, but it was one-yard short of the first down. Baylor punts on its first drive.
Longhorns 1st possession, 1st quarter
What happened: Freshman Bijan Robinson gets the start at running back for the Longhorns. Not much working the Texas offense. A quick three-and-out on a four-yard Robinson run, a pass play for negative yardage and an incompletion on third down. Baylor will have great field position after a short punt from Ryan Bucjevski that only netted 20 yards.
Baylor 2nd possession, 1st quarter
What happened: The Texas defense stands strong after being put in a difficult situation. Moro Ojomo picked up a sack, with help from Joseph Ossai, on Charlie Brewer to force another Baylor punt.
Longhorns 2nd possession, 1st quarter
What happened: The Longhorns are committed to getting their run game going this afternoon. Six straight run plays for Texas on their second drive, which netted a first down to at least get out of the shadows of their own goal post. Texas was forced to punt after the Baylor defense caught Ehlinger on a QB draw. Bujcevski still isnt hitting it well. The second punt of the day goes 37 yards.
Baylor 3rd possession, 1st quarter
What happened: Baylor takes a 3-0 lead on a John Mayers 21-yard field goal after a 12-play, 67 yard drive stalls out in the red zone. Brewer completed four of his five pass attempts taking the Bears methodically down the field.
Score: Baylor leads 3-0
Longhorns 3rd possession, 2nd quarter
What happened: The Longhorns didn’t throw a pass until the seventh play of the series, picking up two first downs on the ground. Ehlinger completed back-to-back passes to Brennan Eagles on the seventh and eighth plays of the series, taking Texas to the Baylor 31 yard line. The drive stalled at the Bears’ 27-yard line. After some back-and-forth procedural penalties on a Cameron Dicker field goal attempt. The Lake Travis product hit a 41-yard field goal to tie the game at 3.
Score: Game tied at 3
Baylor 4th possession, 2nd quarter
What happened: B.J. Foster played a great center field position to break up a third down pass from Charlie Brewer to force another Bears field goal at the Texas 30-yard line. However, a delay of game on Baylor pushed the ball back just far enough that Aranda didn’t feel comfortable kicking the field goal. Baylor punts to Texas on what looked to be a promising drive, going 45 yards in five plays. Texas will start at the 20-yard line.
Longhorns 4th possession, 2nd quarter
What happened: Sam Ehlinger revived a floundering Texas drive with a deep ball to Tarik Black for 72 yards. Black was running wide open behind the Baylor defense for the big gain before being caught from behind at the Bears 20-yard line. The drive started with a 10-yard sack of Ehlinger, pinning the Longhorns at their own 10-yard line before the explosive play.
Ehlinger hasn’t scored a passing touchdown in his career against Baylor. It still hasn’t happened. The drive stopped at the five-yard line with Texas unable to get in the end zone on three attempts. Another field goal for Dicker gives Texas the lead.
Score: Texas leads Baylor 6-3
Baylor 5th possession, 2nd quarter
What happened: The Texas defense responded with a three-and-out after the Longhorns took the 6-3 lead. Brewer pushed forward on a sneak on third down and couldn’t break through. Kudos to the Texas defensive linemen for getting a good push up front.
Longhorns 5th possession, 2nd quarter
What happened: Ehlinger found his favorite target of the 2020 season, Joshua Moore, for two big plays. Moore made an outstanding grab on the sideline for 42 yards, taking Texas down to the Baylor seven-yard line. Two plays later, Moore caught a three-yard touchdown pass.
Amazingly, during a four-year career at Texas, Sam Ehlinger has never thrown a touchdown pass against Baylor. Check that fun fact off the list for the senior quarterback.
Score: Texas leads 13-3
Longhorns 7th possession, 3rd quarter
What happened: Sam Ehlinger took a hard knock while stretching across the goal line for the Longhorns second touchdown of the game. Ehlinger called his own number and broke the plane of the goal line, but took a hard hit. Bijan Robinson took the first three plays for 24 yards on the ground. Ehlinger completed passes to Brennan Eagles and Jake Smith on the 12-play, 75 yard scoring drive.
Score: Texas leads 20-3
NOTE: Texas defensive captain Joseph Ossai hasn’t played in the second half after injuring his arm late in the second quarter. Ossai returned to the sideline in the third quarter, but hasn’t been featured on a defensive series.
Longhorns 9th possession, 3rd quarter
What happened: Ehlinger appears to be limping, but he’s still leading the Longhorns. Ehlinger scored his second rushing touchdown of the day from nine yards out. The big play of the drive went to tight end Jared Wiley. Far too often, Texas receivers have been running wide open down the field. Wiley rumbled 47 yards down to the Baylor 17-yard line.
Ehlinger has three total touchdowns, throwing for 234 yards and rushing for 51 yards.
Score: Texas leads 27-3
Baylor possession, 4th quarter
What happened: Baylor needed a touchdown drive to keep hope alive of a comeback. For the first time on Saturday, the Bears offense was able to finish off a drive with a touchdown. Brewer hit John Lovett for a three-yard passing touchdown. Baylor couldn’t convert the two-point conversion to make it a two-score game. Still Baylor has hope.
Score: Texas leads 27-9
Longhorns 10th possession, 4th quarter
What happened: With less than 10 minutes left in the game, the Longhorns just needed to lean on Baylor, but Ehlinger made a mistake. An ill-advised throw down the middle of the field was intercepted by JT Woods and returned to the Texas 25-yard line.
Here we go. Baylor is back in it.
Baylor 11th possession, 4th quarter
What happened: Brewer found Gavin Holmes for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Five plays, 25 yards on the scoring drive. Baylor is within two possessions of the Longhorns with 7:37 left in the game.
Score: Texas leads 27-16
Baylor 12th possession, 4th quarter
What happened: After a Texas drive that took 3:36 off the clock. Baylor started the drive at its own nine-yard line, needing two scores in 3:55. Brewer moved the Bears to the 30-yard line, needing to convert on 4th-and-seven. Defensive back Chris Brown made the play of the game, breaking up the Brewer pass and give the ball back to Texas with 2:19 remaining.
Texas final possession
What happened: The Longhorns needed one first down to end the game. It took all four downs, but Texas was able to seal it. Ehlinger converted on fourth down with a pass to tight end Cade Brewer for the first down.
TEXAS WINS 27-16