Instant Reaction: Texas Offense Falls Flat in 28-7 Loss to Baylor

The Texas Longhorns were right in the game despite zero first half points, thanks in large part to a dominant defensive effort.

Baylor gave themselves some breathing room with a third quarter touchdown that put them up 14-0, the first score for either offense in the game.

With the Longhorn offense struggling, the pressure was on the defense to keep Texas in the game, but they could only do so much on their own. A tired defense began to fade as the game wore on, allowing Baylor to score another touchdown in the fourth quarter, putting them down 21-0.

Both teams added a touchdown in the final five minutes, though the game had been decided by that point.

Turning Point: Baylor broke through for their first offensive score of the game, with Bryce Petty finding receiver Antwan Goodley for a 30 yard score in the third quarter.

That pushed Baylor's lead to 14-0, which was more than enough against a Texas offense that could get nothing going all day.

Texas MVP: Johnathan Gray - 12 carries, 73 yards and a touchdown

On a day where the Longhorns offense did next to nothing, Gray was the lone player to put up any noteworthy stats. His xx yards were not much of a factor in the outcome however, though his late touchdown helped Texas avoid its first shutout in 10 years.

Baylor MVP:  Shock Linwood - 28 carries, 148 yards and a touchdown

Shouldering the load for Baylor, Linwood got stronger as the game wore on, helping run the offense on a day where the passing game was erratic. His second half effort allowed Baylor to milk the clock and extend their lead in the fourth.

What's Next?

Texas is now 2-3 and 1-1 in the Big 12. While this game isn't a surprising loss, Texas still can't take much solace in the better than expected outcome.

The offense is still a mess, and with Oklahoma looming next weekend, the Longhorns need to fix it in a hurry.

Baylor struggled for the first time all season, but will still be 5-0 going into a date with #25 TCU next week.

Avoiding the upset keeps them with an outside shot at sneaking into the playoff picture if a few teams ahead of them falter in the coming weeks.

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