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Bears Routed by No. 3 Longhorns, 38-6, in Final Matchup as Conference Foes

September 23, 2023
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WACO, Texas – The last matchup between Baylor (1-3, 0-1) and No. 3 Texas (4-0, 1-0) as conference foes ended in a 38-6 routing in favor of the Longhorns Saturday night at McLane Stadium.

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Texas put up over 500 yards of offense and held Baylor to 60 total rushing yards.

The Bears were dominated in every facet of the game. The Longhorns controlled the line of scrimmage and totaled 503 yards of offense while limiting Baylor to 356 total yards and only 60 on the ground.

“Disappointed in the performance and the execution,” head coach Dave Aranda said after the loss. “I thought the line of scrimmage couldn't get anything going from the very beginning. Offensively and skill-wise, there were opportunities for plays, and we didn’t execute.”

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (So.) sat comfortably in the pocket all evening and finished with 293 yards through the air on 18-of-23 passing. The Longhorns had 11 total possessions and scored on six of them.

“First of all, it’s super disappointing because [we] practice way better than this, and it hasn't been able to translate for whatever reason, I don't know,” safety Devin Lemear (RSo.) said postgame. “We made a big emphasis on energy, and I think we tried to have an emphasis on that [early] and it kind of died out.”

Midway through the first quarter, running back Jonathon Brooks (So.) found the edge and put the Longhorns on the board first with a 40-yard rushing touchdown up the right sideline.

Baylor responded and drove the length of the field after some tough running from quarterback Sawyer Robertson (RSo.), but couldn’t find the endzone, and Isaiah Hankins (RSo.) had to nail a 22-yarder to cut UT’s lead to 7-3.

Following a promising Bears drive that was interrupted by costly penalties, Texas took back control and went up 14-3 after Ewers beat defensive end TJ Franklin (5Sr.) to the edge and cut up the field for a 29-yard rushing touchdown on third and long.

The Longhorns added another score on the following drive, this time on a seven-yard rushing touchdown from running back CJ Baxter (Fr.). Texas entered the red zone on the previous play after wide receiver Xavier Worthy (Jr.) connected with tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders (Jr.) on a trick play for 35 yards.

Texas continued to pour it on, and Brooks found the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the night to put the Longhorns up 28-3 with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter.

“That’s when the momentum shifted,” Lemear said. “With Texas, when they get momentum, they become a really good team. If you can pressure the quarterback, they are a totally different team.”

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Robertson threw for 203 yards and an interception on 20-of-35 passing.

The Bears were finally able to score again after Texas muffed a punt deep into its own territory.

Robertson couldn’t find wide receiver Ketron Jackson (Jr.) in the endzone on third and eight and Baylor was forced to settle for another Hankins field goal and trailed 28-6 going into the half.

Just when Baylor’s offense showed some signs of life in the third quarter after wide receiver Monaray Baldwin (Jr.) hauled in a 55-yard reception, Robertson threw an interception on fourth and goal trying to target tight end Drake Dabney (Sr.).

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Bears recovered another muffed punt inside the red zone but were unable to score any points. Robertson was taken down on fourth and goal and was sacked five total times in the contest. Baylor was also 1-for-5 on fourth-down conversions Saturday.

Baylor will travel to Orlando for a matchup against the UCF Knights next Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.


Passing

Name CMP ATT YDS CMP% AVG LNG TD INT RTG
Sawyer Robertson 20 35 203 100.1 10.15 55 0 1 100.1

Rushing

Name CAR YDS AVG LNG TD
Richard Reese 3 8 2.7 5 0
Dominic Richardson 6 4 0.7 4 0
Dawson Pendergrass 6 21 3.5 16 0

Receiving

Name REC YDS AVG LNG TD
Monaray Baldwin 3 81 27 55 0
Ketron Jackson 3 55 18.3 39 0
Armani Winfield 3 42 14 29 0
Jake Roberts 3 20 6.7 15 0

Defense

Name TKL SKS TFL INT FR
Devin Lemear 9 0 .5 0 0
Matt Jones 8 2 3.5 0 0
Devyn Bobby 8 0 0 0 0
Caden Jenkins 7 0 1 0 0

Kicking/Punting

Name XPM XPA FGM FGA FG% P AVG I20 LNG
Isaiah Hankins 0 0 2 2 100% N/A N/A N/A 36
Palmer Williams N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6 44.7 2 52

 

Discussion from...

Bears Routed by No. 3 Longhorns, 38-6, in Final Matchup as Conference Foes

6,527 Views | 10 Replies | Last: 9 mo ago by carlens.lal
HungryBear
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As a person, I like CDA. That being said, tonight is non-recoverable. This is done. Time to move forward and support the future.
ImABearToo
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The experiment with hiring a DC, expecting them to learn the HC role while on the job, has been a colossal failure. Burn it all down, AGAIN!
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
oorahpa
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What we saw was a team unprepared to play. Grimes offense caught Texas on nothing. Red zone play calling terrible. The 4th and 2 at midfield, run right into the pile. Did anyone think that would work? We run a run offense that can't block to run. We can't recruit players who are eager to run in this offense. The o.line can't run block. Grimes doesn't have the players to run his offense. Need some changes I'm not sure this staff wants to make. Time for a new direction away from unprepared, unproductive football. Hard product to sell to quality athletes. Could be Tuff sliding for the next several weeks.
HuttoBear
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Their play takes me back to last years KS game. Get rid of 60% of the players and CDA. He has had 4 years to build a team. Ever year for the past 3 performance and expectations have gone south. Enuff!
HuttoBear
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I refuse to listen to the post game press conference. All it is "Good to see you guys". we did not do this and we did not do that. We just got to work on getting better". And then we have to go through the pain of listening to ADMR on Sicem365 and all his "ya knows". Can you imagine what the portal will look like at the end of the season. I would try and get 60% forom the portal and 40% from HS recruits (assuming there are any out there that would want to come to a failed program).

OBTW- do you think any of the pro scouts saw any potential NFL players from Baylor. That right there tells you all you need to know.
Killing Floor
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Was nice to see RJ. He's so evidently a better passer than Blake or Sawyer. Plus he's elusive with his feet, he can read the defense and make better choices. See injuries to Blake and Sawyer before making some goofball comment proclaiming their abilities to stay out of the way of linebackers.
FWIW I can't blame any D1 quarterback if a receiver is on a route in the end zone and they turn their back to the ball. That's not the QB's fault. All his targets were placed well. Just a few scholarship receivers got the stings from the ball hitting their hands too hard. That comes with practice reps.

Anyway, if Aranda wants to win another game this year (which I'm not convinced he does) he needs to reevaluate his starting roster. We have what we need to win but we don't put it on the field.
oorahpa
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Not sure we have what we need. We need a play caller who matches his scheme to the talents of his players and a new offense line. Our guys seem lost.
BellCountyBear
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Do they practice tackling at all during the week? Or is that too dangerous for these softies?
DAC
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BellCountyBear said:

Do they practice tackling at all during the week? Or is that too dangerous for this softies?

Way to dangerous, bet they have been practicing w flags
carlens.lal
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We need a play caller who matches his scheme to the talents of his players and a new offense line
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