Little went right for the Texas Longhorns in a 30-10 loss to the Baylor Bears in Waco, in a game which stood as the de facto Big 12 Championship. With the win Baylor moves on to take on the Central Florida Golden Knights in the Fiesta Bowl in early January, while Texas most likely, yet again, will be headed to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio or perhaps to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe.
In simplest terms, the Longhorns were inept when it mattered most. The running game did a solid job in the middle of the field churning yardage — highlighted by Malcolm Brown‘s 131 yards on 25 carries — but couldn’t get into scoring position in the red zone. Senior quarterback Case McCoy was awful, going 12-34 for 54 yards and two interceptions in the brutally cold winter weather in Waco. In fact, the number of yards (60) that Baylor picked up in returning McCoy’s interceptions was greater than the yardage compiled by his receivers. Not to insult your intelligence, but typically that’s not a good sign.
Baylor QB Bryce Petty didn’t seem to be nearly as affected by the cold as McCoy, going 21-37 for 287 yards and two touchdowns and making the throws that needed to be made at the times they were needed. The Baylor offense was listless in the first half, but after a couple of mid-third quarter and early-fourth quarter scores, finally put together the momentum that helped them carry though to what turned into a relatively easy victory.
The cold had a massive effect on Texas, as the Longhorns receivers couldn’t make plays on the types of 50/50 balls which had allowed them to win a few games earlier in the season. Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Marcus Johnson were basically absent, and Brown just couldn’t do enough to keep Texas in the game.
As someone mentioned on Twitter, it wasn’t Case McCoy’s fault he was Texas’ best option on a blustery, miserable winter day, that one’s on Mack Brown. The lack of Texas quarterbacking depth was a concern among the fan base, one fans were well aware would become haunting at some point, and that point was today.
I could write another article for you in whole about how Mack Brown’s time has run out on the Forty Acres, but today’s game did that for me. If anyone was looking for a microcosm of why it’s time for the Texas Longhorns to move on, and for Brown to do the same, they found it today.
An 8-4 season with the supposed level of talent on this Longhorn roster — and yet another trip to a mid-tier bowl game with a middling payout — is not the expectation of the Texas fan base or the alumni who write checks to keep the river of money flowing through Bellmont Hall.
Be watching new Athletic Director Steve Patterson very closely over the next two days. His actions will tell you everything you need to know.
It’s time for a change at DKR.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.