Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following Baylor’s 28-7 win over Texas at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
1) The 99-yard drive that wasn’t. The Horns engineered a 14-play 98.5-yard drive that chewed up 7:40 of the 2nd quarter but a fumbled center-quarterback exchange ruined what would’ve been a game-tying TD heading into halftime. It was the most impressive drive of the Swoopes era and it was the result of an incredible defensive stand by UT the possession before. It was about as bad a momentum killer as you could have.
2) A blocked FG and fake punt are the difference. On Saturday, Texas took Baylor’s punches blow for blow and ran with its offensive stars step for step. But in the end, two basic plays on special teams made a 14-point difference. A week after shutting out Kansas, Baylor returns the favor.
3) The good and bad with Swoopes. The Texas QB had his ups and downs on Saturday. But overall, his accuracy and hesitancy reading through his progressions leaves a lot to be desired. His feet shake like he’s a 25-year old Elvis Presley, which leads to overthrows and no ability to lead his receivers. Even more perplexing is that the running game made an appearance and offensive line looked marginally improved, especially the right side (see No. 4). 6-for-17 on 3rd down conversions didn’t help. Neither did three Swoopes turnovers. It seems with the Texas sophomore QB, it’s one step forward, and two steps back.
4) A Raulerson-Perkins-James right side is alluring. When the starters came out, the right side of the Texas offensive line was Jake Raulerson (C), Kent Perkins (RG), and Darius James (RT). Appropriately, Texas ran to the right side of the line and got good push at the point of attack. It’s a bright spot on an inexperienced line. The play of Perkins and James particularly was strong, and fantastic at times. 4.3 yards per carry shows marked improvement.
5) Do I feel any better heading into Texas-OU? Yes. Sort of. The Longhorns have a damn good defense, which improves each week, one of the best in the nation. Holding Bryce Petty to 6-of-16, 81 yards through three quarters is insanely positive. Petty was hit constantly, including Steve Edmond playing the best game of his Texas career. But what about the UT offense?They know they have playmakers in Daje Johnson (would like to see him touch the ball more), Armanti Foreman (would like to see him touch the ball more), and Johnathan Gray looked better than he has in the season’s first month. There’s definite reason for optimism. My only hang-up is that if Texas can’t score on the Baylor defense, how the hell will they score on Oklahoma??
Honorable Mention: Baylor is still Baylor? Yeah, which means they’ve won 16 consecutive games in the state of Texas and have taken 4-of-5 from the Longhorns. Also, Texas last five losses at DKR are by a combined 108 points. Goodness gracious.