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No. 9 Baylor Bears defeat No. 25 Texas Longhorns, win Big 12 title, 30-10

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The No. 9 Baylor Bears (11-1, 8-1) defeated the No. 25 Texas Longhorns (8-4, 7-2) 30-10 on Saturday afternoon to win the Big 12 title and the automatic bid to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1.

The teams both knew what was at stake when the game kicked off in frigid conditions at 2:30 p.m. The No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners had upset the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater earlier in the day, meaning that the winner of this matchup would have undisputed claim of the Big 12 title. The Bears were hoping to win their last game in Floyd Casey Stadium and send it out in style while the Longhorns were hoping to cap off a season no one saw coming after they dropped two of their first three games.

The game started out slowly. Baylor forced Texas to go three-and-out before finishing a 68-yard drive with a field goal. The teams then combined for 10 drives ending with a turnover on downs each, two missed field goals for Baylor, a blocked field goal for Texas, an interception thrown by Case McCoy and two punts each before Texas hit a field goal.

The game went to the break tied at 3-3. Texas had 153 total yards, mostly coming on the ground, compared to Baylor's 156 total yards, mostly coming through the air.

The second half began with a 77-yard drive by Baylor as the Bears scored the first touchdown of the game with a great one-handed grab by junior receiver Antwan Goodley. The Bears held the Longhorns to a three-and-out prior to driving 47 yards for their second unanswered touchdown as junior quarterback Bryce Petty connected with senior receiver Levi Norwood on a slant from the six-yard line. The offensive explosion to start the third quarter appeared to amp up the Bears' defense and they forced a Longhorn punt. Petty drove the ball down the field with two big catches by Corey Coleman to put the Bears in range for a 42-yard field goal by Aaron Jones.

The 20-3 deficit stunned the Texas players who were again forced to go three-and-out, but the Longhorns' defense stood strong, forcing Baylor to punt with two seconds remaining in the quarter. Spencer Roth's 50-yard punt was a line drive that out kicked the coverage, and Jaxon Shipley got the Longhorns back into the game with a 50-yard return topped with an 11-yard personal foul against the Bears. The Longhorns were unable to move the ball on three plays, but a personal foul against Baylor on the field goal attempt gave the Longhorns a new set of downs at the Baylor eight-yard line. The Bears held Texas running back Malcolm Brown to two yards on each of his first three carries, resulting in fourth and goal at the two-yard line. Mack Brown elected to go for it, and it paid off as McCoy connected with Malcolm Brown after scrambling away from several defenders for the Longhorns' only touchdown of the night.

The Bears answered with another field goal before the teams traded another set of three-and-outs. On the ensuing drive, Baylor's pressure upfront confused Texas receiver Mike Davis and allowed Baylor corner K.J. Morton to get a 57-yard pick-six. Although the play was called back to the 18-yard line for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the Bears still capitalized as senior running back Glasco Martin rushed in untouched for an 18-yard score to put the Bears up 30-10 with 4:04 to go.

Baylor finished the night with 508 total yards (287 passing yards and 221 yards on the ground) and were 7-19 on third down. Petty finished the night completing 21 out of 37 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The Baylor backfield got going in the second half, and Martin had 102 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown while Lache Seastrunk had 78 yards on 15 carries on the night. Goodley, who had been shut down in the Bears' last two games, had eight catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. Morton had both of the Bears' interceptions.

The Longhorns had 217 total yards (54 passing yards and 163 rushing yards.) McCoy completed 12 out of 34 passes for 54 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Brown led all backs with 25 carries for 131 yards and was also Texas's leading receiver with four catches for 19 yards and the one Longhorn touchdown.

The win gives Baylor its first ever 11-win season, its first Big 12 title and first ever BCS bowl bid.

Baylor's next game will be in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2014.



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