LONGHORNS LIVE BLOG: Texas leads Baylor 21-17 heading to 4th quarter – KXAN.com

WACO, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns make the short drive to Waco on Saturday and it is a crossroads game against 16th-ranked Baylor. 

If the Longhorns want to stay alive in the Big 12 title race, a win against the Bears is a must. Texas already has two losses in the conference. This will be Texas’ fifth straight 11 a.m. kickoff of the season.

Texas has lost double-figure leads in each of the their losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Against the Cowboys, Texas had 24 points with just under 12 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter and did not score again.

Baylor has been the surprise team of the season after being picked in the bottom half of the preseason conference poll. Baylor’s only loss this season was at Oklahoma State during the fifth week of the season.

This is a pivotal two-week stretch for the Longhorns, facing road games at Baylor and Iowa State in back-to-back weeks.

Follow along for news and notes from the Longhorns’ game at Baylor in this live blog.

Texas vs. Baylor live blog

BAYLOR LEADS: Are witnessing the third straight second half collapse for the Longhorns?

Baylor puts together another brilliant, 80-yard offensive drive to take the lead for the first time in the second half.

Texas led 21-10 after its first drive of the third quarter. Back-to-back touchdowns for Baylor puts the Bears ahead.

SCORE: Baylor leads 24-21

TIP OR NO TIP? The Longhorns offense stalled near midfield, but that wasn’t the biggest item for debate during the drive. On fourth down, Baylor’s RJ Sneed broke right through to get a clean shot at blocking Dicker’s punt.

Sneed barreled into Dicker as he kicked the ball away. Officials ruled Sneed tipped the punt, but the ball still traveled 35 yards to the Baylor 20-yard line.

Officials reviewed for a roughing the punter penalty because it wasn’t completely clear that Sneed got his hand on the punt. Officials said the call stood on the field of a block.

BAYLOR ANSWER: Baylor answers right back with a long, sustained scoring drive after the Texas score.

The Bears converted a 4th-and-5 from the Texas 20-yard line. Gerry Bohanon kept it for a 6-yard touchdown.

SCORE: Texas leads 21-17

CAMERON DICKER RECORD: With the extra point in the third quarter, Longhorns kicker Cameron Dicker has most points scored by a kicker in Texas Football history, UT announced on Twitter. Dicker is third on UT’s all-time scoring list behind Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.

Cameron Dicker now has the most points scored by a kicker in Texas Football history. He is now 3rd on the all-time scoring list behind only Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.🤘 pic.twitter.com/kWI9bxFiJC

— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) October 30, 2021

BIJAN’S DRIVE: Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson was mostly silenced in the first half.

Steve Sarkisian made it a point to feature the star sophomore on the first drive of the third quarter. Robinson touched it seven times on the Longhorns scoring drive, and capped off the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on 4th-and-goal.

With the touchdown, Robinson extends his touchdown streak (rushing or receiving) to 10 games, according to Texas Athletics.

SCORE: Texas leads 21-10

LOOKS EVEN: Texas goes into halftime with a 14-10 lead over Baylor. Most aspects of the stat sheet look just about even.

Baylor holds a slim lead in total yardage at 210-192.

Each team has two turnovers, but Texas has scored 7 points off the turnovers while Baylor hasn’t been able to do anything with the Longhorns’ freebies.

HALFTIME: Texas leads 14-10

BIG SWING AND MISS: It’s the final minute of the first half. Linebacker Luke Brockermeyer is in perfect position to intercept the Gerry Bohanon pass, and return it to the Baylor 34-yard line.

Three plays later though, Joshua Moore can’t catch the hot shot from Thompson. The ball is tipped in the air and Baylor intercepts to stop Texas’ chance of scoring in the closing seconds of the first half.

FUMBLE: A Longhorns scoring chance evaporates with a turnover. Texas receiver Joshua Moore picked up a third down at the Baylor 29-yard line, but he fumbles as he’s going to the ground.

Texas’ first turnover of the day could be a costly one.

FOURTH DOWN FAILS: The ball is bouncing back and forth between the Longhorns and Bears offense. Texas opted to go for it on fourth down at the Baylor 44-yard line, but Thompson couldn’t hit Worthy down the field.

Next, Baylor went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Texas 47-yard line and the Longhorns defense Abram Smith in the backfield.

The Texas offense has the ball at its own 49-yard line.

BIG PLAY: After a terrible drive, Casey Thompson responds with an explosive play to freshman receiver Xavier Worthy. Worthy took the top off the defense and Thompson dropped the pass into his hands for a 63-yard touchdown on the second play of the series.

Worthy eclipsed 600 receiving yards for the season on the pass play.

SCORE: Texas leads 14-10

BEARS LEAD: After a quick three-and-out for Texas, where the Longhorns went backward in their own territory, the Bears picked up points on their second drive with a 38-yard field goal.

SCORE: Baylor leads 10-7

BAYLOR ANSWER: Baylor’s offense came right back after the turnover and easily moved down the field on the Longhorns defense. Baylor only faced one third down on the drive.

The touchdown was something special. A reverse-pass from receiver Tyquan Thornton to fellow receiver RJ Sneed for the six-yard score.

SCORE: Tied at 7

TOUCHDOWN: The Texas offense makes Baylor pay for the turnover. On third down, Casey Thompson hit Joshua Moore on a slant in the end zone for the Longhorns touchdown.

Moore made up a bulk of the short scoring drive, catching two passes for 25 yards.

SCORE: Texas leads 7-0

TURNOVER: Longhorns defensive back B.J. Foster intercepts Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon on the second play from scrimmage. It was a poor read by Bohanon and Foster made him play with an interception and a 31-yard return to the Baylor 31.

PREGAME: Texas won the coin toss and elected to defer the option to the second half. Baylor will start on offense.