An ugly win is still a win, as the Texas Longhorns proved in outlasting the high-flying Baylor Bears 56-50, breaking a two-year losing streak to their Big 12 foes.
A week after getting flat-out embarrassed by the Sooners, the Longhorn offense rebounded in a big way with 525 yards of offense without a single turnover in putting up 56 on the worst defense in the country. Daje Johnson got it started with an 84-yard touchdown sprint, Johnathan Gray picked up his first touchdown as a Longhorn and Joe Bergeron rediscovered his punishing mojo with five touchdowns.
If only the same could be said for the defense. With Jordan Hicks still on the sidelines nursing a hip injury, the 'Horns defense gave up 607 yards of offense to Nick Florence and the Bears. However, Diaz's defense did generate two key turnovers that will keep the wolves at bay at least for the time being.
The win was much-needed, but this Texas team is still very much a work in progress. But with lowly Kansas looming next weekend, the 'Horns have time to pick up their confidence before heading to Lubbock to face the surging Red Raiders.
Here are the grades for all 22 starters from the Longhorns' major rebound victory over the Bears on Saturday.