After a relatively easy patch of games, Texas faces a hard conclusion to the schedule with a road trip to West Virginia, a bye week, the Thanksgiving showdown in Austin with Tech, and then finally 10 days to prepare for a road trip to Waco.
Seven ejections and five extra minutes later, Texas emerged from the Erwin Center Monday night with at least a detectable NCAA Tournament heartbeat, nipping the Baylor Bears 61-59 in overtime.
After losing the past four contests by an average of 4.5 points per game, the Texas Longhorns (17-12, 6-10) look to connect an actual victory to a good game when they seek redemption against the Baylor Bears (22-7, 11-5) after being embarrassed at the Ferrell Center in late January.
Texas isn't good enough on offense. That's the simple truth. UT has improved in some areas and it's beginning to spread into others efforts. On defense, Texas played extremely hard against the Bears but the Horns didn't play as well as they played effort wise. It certainly helped that between the stout coverages and the constant pressure we applied, the heralded Bears passing attack hit skid row in effectiveness.
Two special team blunders – a blocked FG returned 62 yards for a Baylor score and a fake punt that quickly set up the Bears' first offensive TD midway through the third quarter – offset a determined outing from Texas’ defense on Saturday. Throw in a 99.9-yard scoreless drive from a punchless Longhorn offense and the result is a 28-7 spanking from their visitors from Waco.