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Texas 38, Baylor 6

By JIM VERTUNO
Associated Press

WACO, Texas - Jonathon Brooks ran for two touchdowns and No. 3 Texas got a dominant game from its defense to overpower Baylor in a 38-6 win to launch the Longhorns into their final Big 12 season.

Texas will join the Southeastern Conference next year and will be finishing out the Big 12 with several last matchups with old rivals. The game was the 113th meeting between the Longhorns and Bears and the final one for the foreseeable future in a series that dates to 1901.

The breakup was rather one-sided.

The Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) made quick work of the Bears (1-3, 0-1) with an explosive first half that included a 40-yard touchdown run from Brooks and a 29-yard scoring run from quarterback Quinn Ewers. The defensive front swamped Baylor at the line of scrimmage and sacked quarterback Sawyer Robertson twice in the first three plays.

The Longhorns final slate of games in the Big 12 has been unofficially dubbed the “Embrace the Hate” tour and the first game drew a sellout crowd. Baylor fans lustily booed “The Eyes of Texas” song by the Longhorn band before the game', but many were leaving for the exits by the start of the fourth quarter.

Brooks' long touchdown run and Ewers' scrambling run to the end zone broke the Bears. Ewers had nearly thrown an interception the play before and seemed to have nowhere to throw when he took off running. He ducked around one blocker at the sideline and had a clear path to the end zone.

Texas led 28-6 by halftime. Two Baylor drives inside the Texas 5 in the third and fourth quarters ended with no points when Robertson threw an interception in the end zone and then was sacked on fourth down. Robertson was sacked five times.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: The Longhorns are off to their best start since 2009 season when Texas won its last Big 12 title and went undefeated in the regular season. That team lost to Alabama in the national championship game. After consecutive games against backup quarterbacks, the defense will now face two of the league's best in Kansas' Jalon Daniels and Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel.

Baylor: The Bears are two seasons away from winning a Big 12 championship and this one is unraveling fast. Even if starting quarterback Blake Shapen can return, getting the blocking up front to protect him and spur a dormant run game will be the challenge going forward.

Texas athletics press release

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September 23, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TexBaylor
Tex TD 5:15 Jonathon Brooks 40 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 7 0
Baylor FG 1:07 Isaiah Hankins 23 yard field goal 7 3
Second Quarter TexBaylor
Tex TD 9:07 Quinn Ewers 29 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 14 3
Tex TD 7:03 CJ Baxter 7 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 21 3
Tex TD 2:26 Jonathon Brooks 2 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 28 3
Baylor FG 0:44 Jack Stone 36 yard field goal 28 6
Third Quarter TexBaylor
Tex FG 12:24 Bert Auburn 37 yard field goal 31 6
Tex TD 5:36 Xavier Worthy 21 yard TD pass from Quinn Ewers (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 38 6
Team Stats
  Texas Baylor
First downs 24 19
  Rushing 8 4
  Passing 15 14
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 5-18, 28%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-5, 20%
Rushes-Yards 34-175 31-60
Passing Yards 329 305
Return Yards 58 15
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-25-0 29-53-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-15 5-29
Punts 4 6
Fumbles Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 4-20
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Q. Ewers 18 23 294 1 0
X. Worthy 1 1 35 0 0
M. Murphy 0 1 0 0 0
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Robertson 20 35 203 0 1
R. Martinez 9 18 102 0 0
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Brooks 18 106 5.9 2
C. Baxter 6 21 3.5 1
J. Blue 3 17 5.7 0
Q. Ewers 5 16 3.2 1
K. Robinson 1 9 9.0 0
S. Red 1 6 6.0 0
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Martinez 3 22 7.3 0
D. Pendergrass 6 21 3.5 0
J. Nabors 3 18 6.0 0
R. Reese 3 9 3.0 0
D. Richardson 7 5 0.7 0
S. Robertson 9 -15 -1.7 0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Sanders 5 110 22.0 0
J. Cook II 1 51 51.0 0
A. Mitchell 3 46 15.3 0
G. Helm 2 37 18.5 0
X. Worthy 3 31 10.3 1
J. Whittington 2 19 9.5 0
J. Brooks 1 19 19.0 0
C. Baxter 2 16 8.0 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Baldwin 3 81 27.0 0
K. Jackson Jr. 3 55 18.3 0
A. Winfield 3 42 14.0 0
J. Roberts 3 20 6.7 0
J. Cameron 2 19 9.5 0
K. Johnson 2 18 9.0 0
J. Davidson 1 18 18.0 0
D. Richardson 3 17 5.7 0
H. Presley 3 17 5.7 0
D. Dabney 2 8 4.0 0
J. Nabors 1 5 5.0 0
R. Reese 2 3 1.5 0
D. Pendergrass 1 2 2.0 0
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Ford 1 5
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Sanborn 4 179 44.8
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Williams 6 268 44.7
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Worthy 3 49 16.3
J. Whittington 1 0 0
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Robinson 1 0 0
J. Whittington 1 4 4.0
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Nabors 1 15 15.0
Texas Missed FG
Player Length
B. Auburn 26
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length





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