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Texas at Baylor

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

LINE: Baylor -5.5.


      With its bid for a perfect season derailed following an epic collapse last weekend against OU, Baylor must regroup and resume its pursuit for a Big 12 title and a spot in the conference title game. The 13th-ranked Bears need one win in their final two games to play for the league championship and can clinch that spot by beating visiting Texas on Saturday afternoon.

Baylor appeared well on its way to win No. 10 and sole possession of first place in the Big 12 before blowing a 25-point lead in a stunning 34-31 loss to Oklahoma. "Our team learned a lot from that game," said coach Matt Ruhle, whose team remains tied with the Sooners atop the conference. "They learned, No. 1, what we can be - for the first half we looked like not just a top-10, but a top-five team in the country. Then, secondly, the second half showed us what we still have to do." While the Bears remain in charge of their destiny entering their home finale, Texas also is coming off a crushing defeat - its third in five games - after falling at Iowa State 23-21 on a last-second field goal. The Longhorns, who still have a faint chance of reaching the league title game, made it four straight wins over Baylor with a 23-17 victory last year.


ABOUT TEXAS (6-4, 4-3 Big 12): Sam Ehlinger rallied the Longhorns with a pair of scoring strikes in the fourth quarter last week and broke the school single-season record held by Colt McCoy with his sixth game with at least three touchdown passes. Devin Duvernay went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season and had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game with nine receptions for 107 yards, pushing his total to 87 catches. The problem for Texas was that Ehlinger wound up the leading rusher versus Iowa State with 27 yards on 12 carries, matching the combined totals of running backs Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson. 


ABOUT BAYLOR (9-1, 6-1): Charlie Brewer ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair of scoring passes as the Bears bolted to a 31-10 halftime lead over Oklahoma, but they were held off the scoreboard after intermission and ran only 15 plays on their last four possessions. "There was no major change in the second half," Ruhle said as his weekly media briefing. "It was just, we just kind of got out of whack and so we'll learn from that and hopefully come back." Denzel Mims, who had three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown at Texas last year, has 10 receiving TDs after hauling in six receptions for 92 yards and two scores last week.


EXTRAS

1. Mims is the only FBS player with at least eight TD receptions in each of the last three seasons.

2. Texas has won eight of 11 at Baylor since the schools joined the Big 12. 

3. Bears LB Terrel Bernard is averaging 13.3 tackles in four games since moving into the starting lineup.


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