A game that last over 5 hours and saw many interesting twist and turns throughout ended in a 35-34 victory for the Texas Longhorns over 8th ranked Baylor Bears. Baylor led 34-26 early in the fourth quarter, but Texas scored the last 9 points of the game. The Bears had their chances to push the lead further, but failed to take advantage of three red zone trips. The Bears had the ball three times within the Texas 15-yard line, including two first and goal attempts. A 24 and 29 yard field goal by Chris Callahan was surrounded by a JaMycal Hasty fumble that kept the Bears off the scoreboard.
The Bears got off to a fast start and a 7-0 lead after a Seth Russell 50-yard touchdown run just over a minute into the game. It was the first of four combined scores for the two teams in the first 5 and a half minutes. After that though, the defenses would settle in and the game would slow down. 6 punts, 1 interception, a fumble and even a safety would occur before the Longhorns got back into the endzone to make it 23-14. The Bears would drive the ball late in the half for a touchdown to cut it to 23-21 as KD Cannon caught a 15-yard back shoulder pass from Petty.
Baylor would give up a field goal drive to Texas to start the 3rd quarter, but 51 yards on two carries by Terence Williams put the Bears deep into Texas territory before Williams would finish off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown to put Baylor up 28-26. It would be a lead the Bears would hold onto until the last minute of the game, but would that could have grown much larger than the 8-point lead Baylor would build.
Conservative play-calling, and questionable substitutions cost the Bears inside the 15-yard line as they settled for two field goals on three drives deep into Texas territory. A 71-yard drive keyed by Terence Williams runs would end when a Seth Russell pass was ruled intentional grounding and put Baylor at 2nd and goal from the 14-yard line. After two curious runs and minimal gains, the Bears would settle for a 27-yard field goal.
After a 3-and-out, Seth Russell would get a 25-yard run including hurdling a Texas defender for more yardage, but 3rd string running back JaMycal Hasty would fumble the ball at the 7-yard line to leave the Bears empty handed.
A third drive would result in a 24-yard field goal as the Bears attempted two JaMycal Hasty runs from inside the 6 that left them out of the endzone once again. Up 34-26 and seemingly in complete control of the game, the Longhorns saved their chances on a 3rd and 5 slant pass from Shane Buechele to Lorenzo Joe who beat Travon Blanchard to the ball and broke his tackle before scampering 61-yards to the Baylor 13. Fullback Andrew Beck would finish off the drive with a 7-yard reception for a touchdown.
The Longhorns would have a chance to tie, but a Tyrone Swoopes keeper up the middle was stuffed at the goal line by Aiavion Edwards. With the Bears holding onto a 2-point lead, the Baylor passing attack finally got involved again. Seth Russell found KD Cannon streaking down the sideline for a 39-yard gain to put Baylor at the Texas 43. Baylor would get the ball inside the UT 30, but a Seth Russell sack put the Bears in 2nd and 16. Baylor would once again play conservative, running JaMycal Hasty up the middle for two yards, before a missed deep shot to KD Cannon fell incomplete.
With just over 3-minutes left, Texas would get the ball after a punt rolled into the endzone. A 38-yard pass to Armanti Foreman was the big play that got Texas into field goal range, before handing the ball off to D'Onta Foreman to get the ball inside the Baylor 25-yard line. Trent Domingue's 40-yarder split the uprights to give Texas a 1-point lead with just 46 seconds left.
Baylor's last chance would end with a whimper as Seth Russell tried to do to much with his legs, picking up one first down, but gaining 2 yards and then getting sacked before a short completion to KD Cannon setup a last ditch hail marry that hit the turf. Baylor's chances at the college football playoff, and even the Big 12 championship are severely damaged, especially with trips to Oklahoma and West Virginia still on the schedule.
Seth Russell would finish the game with 3 total touchdowns, 226 yards passing on 14-28, and 138 yards rushing. Terence Williams led the Bears ground attack with 180 yard and a touchdown. Longhorn D'Onta Foreman ran for 250 yards, while his twin brother had 142 yards receiving and a touchdown. The two teams combined to 1,172 yards and 50 first downs.
The Baylor Bears (6-1,3-1) will host the TCU Horned Frogs (4-4, 2-3) next Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in their next game.