Baylor vs. Texas: Longhorns Have New Offensive Hero, but Still Nothing on D

Alex CallosCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 20:  University of Texas head coach Mack Brown looks on as his team warms up before the Big 12 Conference game against the Baylor University Bears on October 20, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Another week and another very high-scoring game for Texas. This time the Longhorns came out on the winning end with a 56-50 home victory against Baylor.

Not many teams needed a win quite like the Longhorns did, and while it was a convincing victory at least as far as the offense is concerned, the defense is a whole different story. 

Before we get to that, let's talk about the offensive performance.

For Texas, a new offensive hero has emerged, given the Longhorns' perfect balance on that side of the ball.

Sophomore running back Joe Bergeron had quite a night, rushing for 117 yards on 19 carries with an amazing five touchdowns.

It might have been a coming-out party for Bergeron, who at 6'1" and 230 pounds proved he can punch the ball in near the goal line.

Bergeron is certainly the hero for a day, but how long will it last if the defense continues to struggle like it has in recent weeks? 

The group has allowed over 30 points in five straight games and 48 or more in each of its last three.

Those are awful numbers for a group that was expected to be the strength of the team with more than enough talent at all levels heading into the season.

The defensive unit is now allowing 35 points a game and teams have been able to pass all over the secondary. 

Nick Florence was the latest, as the Baylor quarterback threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers were similar to those put up by Oklahoma's Landry Jones and West Virginia's Geno Smith the previous two weeks.

Texas might continue to win games against teams with subpar defenses, but when the Longhorns come up against a team with any semblance of a defense, it is going to be tough sledding.

The offense clearly has the talent to put up points on just about anybody, but unless some major changes happen on the defensive side of the ball, remaining games at Texas Tech and Kansas State, as well as home dates with Iowa State and TCU might be hard wins to get.

Mack Brown needs to figure out something quickly as far as his defense is concerned, because new-found hero Joe Bergeron is not going to be able to carry the load for the rest of the season.