Baylor's Nick Florence Returns Home with Big 12 Honors As Texas Looms

Denton RamseySenior Analyst INovember 10, 2009

What a difference a week makes.

After starting conference play 0-4, the Baylor Bears bounced back in a big way this past Saturday at Missouri as freshman Nick Florence led the way in a stunning 40-32 BU victory over the Tigers.

In addition to returning home to Waco with a win, Florence was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 9th, after the play-caller racked up 427 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bears’ first Big 12 victory.

With the Horns hitting Floyd Casey Stadium this coming Saturday afternoon, Baylor aims to do something they haven’t done in Waco since 1997; defeat the University of Texas.

The Texas Longhorns are currently ranked third in the BCS and are aiming for a chance to battle for the national championship come season’s end.

An upset this year in Waco would be oh-so-sweet, especially after everyone in the world counted the Bears out ever since superstar Robert Griffin went down with his season-ending injury.

Of course, the ‘97 green and gold team that toppled Texas didn’t exactly boast big names or numbers that year for Baylor, either.

And as stated in many prior columns, the beauty of college sports is that anyone has a chance to win.

Just ask the Missouri Tigers.

So this Saturday, when you’re sitting around drinking a cold one and watching some NCAA football, grab your green and root on the Bears as they battle the Horns (Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports Net).

If Baylor can somehow manage to win two more games out of their final trio of matchups against Lone Star opponents, they could very well still reach that bowl goal.

The Bears aren’t out of it yet and a colossal victory couldn’t taste much sweeter than a win over the Horns this Saturday in the national spotlight.

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