Contributed by: Texas Athletic Communications
WACO, Texas – Behind another dominating defensive performance, The University of Texas (4-4, 3-2) handled Baylor (0-8, 0-5), 38-7, at McLane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Longhorns allowed only seven points and 249 yards of total offense to a Baylor offense that entered averaging 26.9 and 415.4 per game, respectively. Junior cornerback DeShon Elliott and junior linebacker Malik Jefferson led the defensive effort, recording eight tackles apiece, with Elliott adding an interception and Jefferson picking up 1.5 sacks.
Texas scored on the opening drive of the game when Elliott caught a tipped pass for his FBS-leading sixth interception of the season and returned it untouched for a 43-yard touchdown, giving the Longhorns a 7-0 lead just 54 seconds into the game.
The interception return for a touchdown was the second on the season for Elliott, tying him for first in Longhorn history (single season) with six others, including fellow junior cornerback Holton Hill, who has also accomplished the feat this season. Elliott’s six interceptions this season ties him for seventh in UT history.
Baylor drove into UT territory on their next drive, but on third-and-11 at the UT 45 Jefferson and junior defensive back John Bonney teamed up to sack Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer for a 15-yard loss to force a punt.
The Longhorn defense hounded the Bears throughout the first quarter and with 3:12 remaining Hill forced a fumble at the Baylor 13 that was recovered by Bonney at the 16-yard line. UT looked to capitalize on the field position, but a Baylor defender got a hand on a 27-yard field goal attempt to end the scoring threat.
The UT offense got rolling early in the second quarter, mounting an 11-play, 90-yard drive and scoring on a 15-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele to freshman wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to increase the Texas lead to 14-0. Starting from their own 10-yard line, freshman running Toneil Carter gained seven yards on a pair of carries, then the Horns picked up four straight first downs on a pair of 10-yard receptions by sophomore wide receiver Collin Johnson that bookended a 15-yard run by Carter and a 14-yard catch by senior wide receiver Lorenzo Joe. Buechele completed passes to Joe and Johnson for another 20 yards, then connected with Humphrey along the right side of the end zone, the first touchdown reception of his career. Buechele completed all six passes on the drive for 69 yards, while Carter rushed for the other 21 yards.
Baylor answered on their next possession, taking advantage of a personal foul penalty on the kickoff to drive 55 yards on three plays and scoring on a 2-yard run to cut the UT lead to 14-7.
From that point on it was all Texas.
The Longhorns moved into Baylor territory on the next drive, but were unable to convert on fourth-and-2, giving the Bears the ball at their on 38-yard line with 5:14 remaining in the half. The Texas defense held strong, forcing the fourth three-and-out of the game. Baylor attempted to punt, but the ball slipped through the punters hands and the Bears fell on it at their own 28.
Buechele quickly took advantage of the field position, running 28 yards untouched on the next play to put the Horns up 21-7 on the final scoring play of the first half. The 28-yard run is the longest of Buechele’s career. On the day, Buechele completed 27-of-34 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 42 yards and another score.
The Texas defense set up the first score of the second half when junior defensive lineman Charles Omenihu forced a fumble at the Baylor 30. Bonney recovered the ball at the 29 and returned it 13 yards before being forced out of bounds at the Baylor 16. Bonney’s two fumble recoveries are his first of the season and ties him for the lead in the Big 12.
Texas tacked onto their lead a few plays later with an 18-yard field goal by junior kicker Joshua Rowland to make it 24-7 with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Carter, who extended the lead to 31-7 with a 19-yard touchdown run to on the first play of the fourth quarter, closing out a quick 3-play, 28-yard drive, finished the day rushing for a career-high 70 yards on 15 carries.
Freshman running back Daniel Young closed out the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run, the first of his career, to put the Horns up 38-7. Young did it all himself on the drive, carrying the ball three times for 51 yards to close out the game with career-bests in both rushing and receiving yards, at 60 and 23 respectively.
The Longhorns take on No. 4/4 TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth next Saturday, Nov. 4. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with kickoff slated for 6:15 p.m. CT.