Art Briles has revived the Baylor football program from the dead. The Bears pulse became officially strong Saturday when Baylor defeated the Texas Longhorns in Austin 30-22. Baylor hadn't won at Austin since 1991 when both were in the long departed Southwest Conference.
"I am really proud of our football team, our players, our staff, our fans because it has been a while since we have given any proof to believe and people have really taken to it and supported in a tremendous fashion." Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "As a part of the football team, hats off to the people who are supporting us and to our players. I think they are a resilient bunch and have great leadership in general and great senior leadership, and the guys always believe something good is going to happen."
Robert Griffin III was his spectacular self against the Horns. Griffin threw for 219yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown. Beating Texas was a big deal for the Bears but Griffin took it in stride, their's bigger goals to accomplish.
"Not until the end of the game guys were talking about how we haven't beat Texas in a while." Griffin said. "For us, it was another win. The tide has changed this year. We are the team to beat and we are just going to keep rolling with that."
Texas is in a total free fall. The Longhorns have lost four of their last 5 games.
"I told the kids in the dressing room if they played this hard against Iowa State and UCLA, they'd have won both games." Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "That's kind of the sad thing about where we are."
Brown added, "We played this hard at Nebraska. We played this way at Tech. We played the second half of Oklahoma this way. The rest of the year we haven't played this hard. Hopefully they can build on that. That will help them at least finish strong."
Those of us in the OSG HQ are beginning to think that Nebraska win was a fluke.
By the way, Texas retired the jersey of Colt McCoy during the Baylor game. Timing is everything.
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