Texas vs. Baylor: Scores, Grades and Analysis

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2013

USA Today

With a Big 12 championship and BCS bowl bid on the line, the battle between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Longhorns didn’t disappoint. Oklahoma State’s loss earlier in the day elevated this matchup from an in-state rivalry game to a conference championship game.

Baylor capped off the greatest season in school history and sent out Floyd Casey Stadium in style with a 30-10 victory over Texas to secure its place in the Fiesta Bowl.

With the win, the Bears earned their school-record 11th win, including a 10th consecutive home victory. Moreover, they claimed the first outright Big 12 crown in program history—something Bears coach Art Briles said earlier would be a “defining moment” for Baylor football, via ESPN.

While Texas wasn't able to get the victory, it has nothing to be ashamed of. The Longhorns bounced back from a disappointing 1-2 start—amid distractions about head coach Mack Brown’s job security—to be in the conversation for the Big 12 title.

With frigid temperatures, both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half, and there were even problems when it came to kicking field goals (three missed FGs), which led to a low-scoring start to the game. After the first 30 minutes of the game, the teams were tied at 3-3.

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 07:  Lache Seastrunk #25 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball past Cedric Reed #88 of the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Baylor’s offense hit its stride to open the second half and eventually pulled away from Texas thanks to brilliant performances from quarterback Bryce Petty and running back Glasco Martin. The Bears scored on their first three drives of the third quarter to take a 20-3 lead into the final quarter.

The Longhorns were able to keep pace in the low-scoring first half, but a poor performance by Case McCoy, an inability to move the ball through the air and ill-timed miscues prevented them from keeping up with the Bears and eventually cost them a chance to get back in the game.

Texas pulled within 10 with a touchdown just two minutes into the fourth quarter. However, after holding Baylor to a field goal, the Longhorns couldn’t pick up a first down and were forced to punt with the scoreboard reading 23-10.

Baylor's returner couldn’t corral the bouncing ball after touching it, which gave Texas a fabulous opportunity to recover the ball on the Baylor 3-yard line with the chance to make it a six-point game.

Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they couldn’t control the ball before it went out of bounds, and the play went down as a squandered opportunity.

Texas couldn’t complete the comeback, and a late McCoy interception sealed the victory for Baylor.

 

Player Grades

Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor): A

Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) drops back to pass against the Texas Longhorns during the second quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Petty and the Baylor offense churned out over 500 yards of total offense, and Petty was the man behind the wheel.

He threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and led his team to a convincing victory.

 

Glasco Martin (RB, Baylor): A

Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns safety Adrian Phillips (17) stops Baylor Bears running back Glasco Martin (8) during the first quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Martin wore down the Texas defense, picking up 102 rushing yards and the game-clinching touchdown after McCoy’s interception.

He showed great speed and picked up yardage consistently, with his longest run covering only 18 yards.

 

Case McCoy (QB, Texas): D

Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman (2) and defensive end Jamal Palmer (92) rush Texas Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy (6) during the second quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy made a number of important plays, like his scrambling touchdown pass to Malcolm Brown, but his overall performance cost Texas the game. His two interceptions were costly, and he never got into a groove with his wide receivers.

The Longhorns' leading receiver was running back Malcolm Brown, which shows that McCoy couldn't get anything going down the field.

 

What's Next

The Baylor Bears' Fiesta Bowl opponent will likely be the University of Central Florida, while the Texas Longhorns appear headed to the Alamo Bowl.