No. 25 Baylor visits unranked, angry Texas
Texas coach Mack Brown has decided it’s time to get mad about a
Brown, who rarely airs any dirty laundry in his program, called
out his players this week for their ”arrogance” and
”entitlement” and his assistants for not doing a good enough job
with Texas losing three of its last four games.
And with upstart No. 25 Baylor rolling into Austin this week,
another upset loss at home could spawn a mushroom cloud of fury
”I am the one who has to set the tempo,” Brown said. ”We have
to fix things. You cannot just lay down. You are not going to quit.
You are not going to roll over and die … If we are good enough to
beat Nebraska, we are good enough to still go back and have a great
Texas beat Nebraska on the road. The Longhorns’ biggest problems
have been at home.
Texas (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) lost at home to UCLA and Iowa State and
in both cases was badly outplayed. And while few Texas fans can
conceive of losing to Baylor, the reality is the Bears bring in
their best team in years behind tantalizing quarterback Robert
Griffin and third-year coach Art Briles together have pumped
life into a previously moribund program. Baylor (6-2, 3-1) is
ranked for the first time since 1993, bowl-eligible for the first
time since 1996 and sitting atop the Big 12 South.
This is a program that nearly was nearly jettisoned into
no-man’s land last summer when it looked like the Big 12 might
”We knew we could do it. The big key word around here is
`believe,’ and we believe in each other,” Baylor defensive back
Mikail Baker said. ”Every time we’re out there we don’t think
we’re going to lose, we know we’re going win the game. That is the
attitude you have to have.”
And that’s the big change under Briles: Baylor believes it will
The challenge is making believers out of the rest of the
Baylor is still considered an underdog Saturday. Beat Texas in
Austin and the Bears serve notice that they could win the Big 12
”You can’t be satsified with being at the bottom or being in
the middle,” Griffin said. ”If we continue to go out and play,
there’s no telling what can happen.”
There’s no telling what would happen in Austin if Texas loses at
home again, just a season removed from playing for the national
First-year starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert is starting to
feel the heat from fans after throwing six touchdown passes and
eight interceptions through the first seven games. His two worst
outings came in the losses to UCLA and Iowa State.
Brown has to fix more than just Gilbert. Texas hasn’t run the
ball well outside of the Nebraska win, the wide receivers struggle
to get open and the defense has been pushed around by teams that
run straight at them.
”If I had a magic wand I’d be doing something more than
coaching football. I’d be saving lives,” Brown said.
The Longhorns may turn to former quarterback Colt McCoy for a
lift. McCoy, who won an NCAA record 45 games (and never lost to
Baylor), will be at the game for a ceremony to retire his No.
Brown may ask the Cleveland Browns rookie to address his old
”He fought through not being highly recruited. He fought
through, ‘You’ll never be tough enough,”’ Brown said. ”Everything
that was thrown at him as a road block, he jumped over. … So
we’re in a great position here, and we need to fight to get back to