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The Longhorn defense was gashed in the first half by the Red Raiders, conceding touchdowns on Tech's first two offensive drives and 21 points in the first half overall. Fortunately, a Jett Duffey unforced wet ball fumble while Tech was driving for another score (Bimage recovered on the UT26) bailed out Orlando and the Longhorn defense from potential halftime crisis mode. Duffey also missed an open receiver in the end zone and didn't spy an uncovered Tech receiver before the snap later near the goal line. No Longhorn defender was within twenty yards. Fortunately, Texas got the time out before Duffey noticed.
The Red Raiders have won their last two in Austin and Texas narrowly won last year in Lubbock, but Tech is also a 4-7 team who are 2-6 in Big 12 play. They're also 1-4 outside of the tortilla ridden confines of Jones Stadium in Lubbock. Tech has been a scrappy loser - four of their lost Big 12 contests have been by three points or less and only OU blew them out (55-16).
The Bears are 9-1, assuming the break-out dark horse role that I thought Iowa State would fulfill this year. I thought my preseason 8-4 regular season prediction was aggressive and a sizable bet on Rhule and Brewer, but it turns out I undersold them. Matt Rhule has done a terrific job in Waco in his three years, progressing Baylor from 1-11 to 7-6 to their current 9-1. Baylor nailed their football hire and his three year progression at a school that had effectively been hit with tactical nukes on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal is a natural contrast to Tom Herman's own three year tenure. Rhule has done more with less under much more trying circumstances.
I'm not breaking down the positions or units. After that coaching and game management performance, that would be the Postmortem equivalent of two runs into the line of scrimmage and a "protect the QB" screen call when you're up 1 and get the ball with 4:01 on the clock. Since I'm not stupid or soft, I'll pass.