AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn’t pretty by any means, but that didn’t matter too much when Texas found itself in a shootout against a Baylor program that was looking for its third straight win over the Longhorns.
Mack Brown & Co. just needed a win, good, bad or ugly.
However you want to classify it, the Longhorns got it with a 56-50 victory at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Here’s how it all played out:
It was over when: Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond caused a fumble on a run by Baylor running back Glasco Martin, which was recovered by Texas safety Mykkele Thompson at the Baylor 46-yard line with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Texas turned that into a 15-yard touchdown catch from Mike Davis to make it a two-possession game at 56-43. With Baylor’s defense unable to get a stop all night that proved to be too much of a hole to dig out of even though the Bears did score with 1:57 left to make it 56-50.
Game ball: Joe Bergeron. The sophomore bullied his way to the endzone on five separate occasions, supplying Texas with the running game it couldn’t get going against Oklahoma last week. He finished the night with 19 carries for 117 yards and those touchdown runs of 15, 2, 9, 4 and 8 yards.
Game ball, part II: Josh Turner. Texas played a ton of nickel and dime against Baylor and needed its safeties to step up. Turner did. He intercepted a Nick Florence pass with 8:30 left in the second quarter, which led to a Johnathan Gray touchdown and a 35-28 lead. The game was never tied again.
Stat of the game: Texas gave up 255 rushing yards to a Baylor team that relies heavily on the pass. In the Longhorns’ past four games they’ve given up 1,065 rushing yards. When Texas played for a national title in 2009, it gave up 1,013 yards the entire season.
What it means: The Longhorns are 5-2 and should be 6-2 after it plays Kansas next week. That’s it. This victory, especially with the way the defense played, is not going to do much to make the Texas fan base forget about what happened against Oklahoma. Baylor is still searching for its first conference victory and it’s going to be difficult to get it next week at a much-improved Iowa State. Will the Bears be able to stop anyone on defense?