(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: (5) Texas 45, Baylor 21
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy threw five touchdown passes, as fifth-ranked Texas bounced back from last week's loss with a 45-21 blowout of Baylor at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
McCoy went 26-for-37 with 300 yards and two interceptions, while Quan Cosby caught eight passes for 111 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who lost to Texas Tech last week to lose the No. 1 ranking.
Robert Griffin went 6-for-19 with 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception and added 101 yards on the ground on 13 carries with a score for the Bears (3-7, 1-5), who have dropped their past four games.
"You got to give Texas a lot of credit," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "They were playing in a very controlled fashion on their home floor against a Big 12 opponent. You just have to play pretty much error free."
The Longhorns got on the board on their first touch of the game, as McCoy found Cosby in the right corner of the end zone from 35 yards out for a 7-0 lead less than four minutes in.
After stopping the Bears on the ensuing possession, Texas scored another touchdown on 2nd-and-goal from the one. McCoy rolled out to the right and found Greg Smith in the end zone for a 14-0 advantage with 4:35 left in the first.
Baylor, though, got on the board with a drive that spanned the first and second quarters. The set was capped on a Griffin one-yard touchdown run to make it a 14-7 game a bit over two minutes into the second.
After holding Texas to a three-and-out, the Bears tied the game as Griffin and Kendall Wright hooked up on a 55-yard touchdown with nine minutes left in the first half.
However, Texas scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-point lead into the locker room.
After Hunter Lawrence missed a 44-yard field goal to give the ball back to Baylor, Ryan Palmer picked off a Griffin pass and took it into the end zone from 22 yards out to give Texas the lead with 6:06 left in the second.
After holding Baylor, the Longhorns doubled their lead as McCoy and Cosby again hooked up on a 26-yard touchdown for a 28-14 advantage with less than two minutes left in the half.
On their first possession of the third quarter, Texas increased its lead as McCoy threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this time a 40-yarder to Brandon Collins, for a 35-14 advantage with 9:45 left in the frame.
The Longhorns made it a 42-14 game on McCoy's 15-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Shipley with under three minutes to play in the third.
In the fourth quarter, a 30-yard field goal from Ryan Bailey made it a 45-14 game, and a 40-yard touchdown run by Jay Finley capped the scoring for Baylor.
Texas defensive end and sack leader Brian Orakpo didn't play because of a sprained left knee...Texas has won 11 straight against Baylor and is 72-22-4 in the all-time series...Shipley had six catches for 81 yards and a score...Foswhitt Whittaker led the Texas running game with 77 yards on 15 carries.
11/08 17:54:12 ET