- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
For the second straight week, Texas proved it couldn't stop its opponent. The only difference was this time Texas couldn't be stopped either.
The Longhorns, who have given up 600-plus yards, in two straight games, got 532 yards of their own and utilized some of its speed early to pull away from Baylor.
1. Bryan Harsin: The Texas co-offensive coordinator used almost all the weapons at his disposal against Baylor. Harsin had 10 different players catch passes. He also had three running backs average more than 6.2 yards per carry. By spreading the ball around he kept Baylor off balance. Not only that, he also put a bunch of different players on film for Kansas and Texas Tech to have to prepare for.
2. M.J. McFarland: The tight end has been up and down in his play so far. But he was able to seal the edge on the very first play from scrimmage. That block allowed an 84-yard touchdown run by Daje Johnson. McFarland's blocking for the entire game was a signal to coaches that the freshman might be ready to play more and be the dual threat tight end that Texas has lacked in the past 19 games.
3. David Ash: The sophomore quarterback continued to take care of the ball and proved he had the ability to throw the deep ball. Ash, who was 19-of-31 for 274 yards, only put one ball in harm's way and Baylor was unable to take advantage of it. Meanwhile he directed an offense that featured several new sets in the backfield and got the ball downfield to Mike Davis. Davis finished with 148 receiving yards and had a 67-yard reception.
1. Rush defense: Texas allowed 255 yards to Baylor, a team that is primarily known for its ability to pass. The Bears are the second-straight team to go for more than 250 against the Longhorns. Oklahoma went for 353 on the ground. Texas did tackle better but it allowed a non-rushing quarterback, Nick Florence, to run for 69 yards.
2. Pass defense: Texas did pick up a crucial interceptions but by and large the Bears were able to move the ball when they wanted to through the air. Baylor threw for 352 yards. Quandre Diggs, who had been the Longhorns' most reliable corner, slipped on a double move and gave up an 80-yard touchdown.
3. Red zone defense: Texas coach Mack Brown said he does not pay attention to the stats. But he did note that seven for seven scoring for Baylor in the red zone was something that was not acceptable. Now, three of those seven scores were field goals, but Texas still allowed Baylor into the red zone too many times for Brown's liking and when there allowed to many points.
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