Baylor Downed 38-6 in Final Meeting with No. 3 Texas

Baylor falls to No. 3 Texas
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The Baylor Football team (1-3, 0-1) neither showed up nor showed out in what was likely their final and 113th meeting against No. 3 Texas (4-0, 1-0) where the Longhorns recorded a dominant 38-6 win in Waco. The Bears have struggled mightily on both sides of the ball since the start of the season where they dropped their first match up against Texas State and a near-upset of then-ranked No. 12 Utah before notching their first victory over FCS opponent Long Island (watch my dad’s and my reactions to the game in this video!). Baylor looked sloppy, lackadaisical, and unmotivated against an unfortunately potential national caliber No. 3 Texas squad (I hate everything). The offense was completely unable to move the ball in critical moments including the series after 2(!!!) fumble recoveries on Texas punt returns where the Bears were left within the red zone. And while not a Baylor touchdown was scored, the “RVO” offense had zero push and left third-string QB RJ Martinez as the team’s leading rusher with only 22 yards on 3 carries. The most devastating part of the game is that No. 3 Texas looked like a championship collegiate team scrimmaging against a DII or FCS collective without spark. Of course the Longhorns were great, better even than maybe their performances so far, but their talent level was emphasized by the Bears’ immense indifference.

On offense, sophomore QB Sawyer Robertson completed 20 of 35 passing attempts for 203 yards and 1 interception. Junior third-string QB RJ Martinez filled in during the last 9 minutes of play and completed 9 of 18 passing attempts for 102 yards. Martinez was the team’s leading rusher with 3 carries for 22 yards. Freshman RB Dawson Pendergrass rushed for 21 yards on 6 carries, sophomore WR Jordan Nabors had 19 yards on 3 carries, sophomore RB Richard Reese had 3 carries for 8 yards, junior RB Dominic Richardson had 4 yards on 6 carries, and Robertson lost 14 yards on 10 carries. 13 receivers received passes including junior WR Monaray Baldwin (3 catches for 81 yards), junior WR Ketron Jackson Jr. (3 catches for 55 yards), redshirt freshman WR Armani Winfield (3 catches for 42 yards), junior TE Jake Roberts (2 catches for 20 yards), junior WR Hal Presley (3 catches for 17 yards), Richardson (3 catches for 16 yards), redshirt sophomore WR Josh Cameron (2 catches for 19 yards), sophomore TE Kelsey Johnson (2 catches for 18 yards), senior TE Drake Dabney (2 catches for 8 yards), Reese (2 catches for 4 yards), redshirt junior WR Jonathan Davidson (1 catch for 18 yards), Nabors (1 catch for 5 yards), and Pendergrass (1 catch for 2 yards).

The defense amassed 58 tackles with 7 for a loss of 24 yards (redshirt senior LB Matt Jones, freshman CB Caden Jenkins, 5th-year LB Mike Smith Jr., redshirt sophomore DL Cooper Lanz, redshirt junior DL Treven MaŹ»ae), 2 fumble recoveries (redshirt sophomore LS Garrison Grimes), and 2 pass break ups (senior DL Gabe Hall, redshirt freshman LB Jeremy Evans).

Baylor will leave Waco for the first time this season and travel to Orlando to face new Big 12 opponent UCF (3-0) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).