The Texas Longhorns have lost two in a row to the Baylor Bears and four of their last five meetings. Not long ago that would have been thought of as nothing short of impossible.
Entering Saturday’s season finale at McLane Stadium, where the Bears have lost once since opening the place for the 2014 season, few, if anybody expects Charlie Strong’s Longhorns to leave with a victory.
But if they could, even with Baylor reduced to its third-string quarterback, it would be a victory that could send Texas (4-7, 3-5 Big 12) into the offseason with some serious momentum as coaches hit the recruiting trail.
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It will take a serious effort from the Longhorns, the kind that hasn’t been seen since they physically dominated Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl nearly two months ago. Texas is coming off another disappointing loss on Thanksgiving to Texas Tech.
"(We) met with the players for the first time (Sunday), and you could still see the pain and the disappointment in their eyes, and I told them we’ve got a tough test this week," Strong told reporters during Monday’s weekly press conference.
"We go to Baylor, and you look at what they’re doing, the No. 1 offense in the country in total offense and scoring offense. You look at some of the players, when you think about (Corey) Coleman, you think about (KD) Cannon, guys that can stretch the field and get down the field, and they make the throws to them. They run underneath the balls and they can track it down."
Texas gave up 48 points to Tech. Against some of the nation’s best offenses, the Longhorns’ defense has been burned. It gave up 50 points to TCU, 45 to Cal and 38 to Notre Dame.
"It’s one of those we’ve just got to be able to prepare ourselves," Texas defensive tackle Desmond Jackson told reporters. "The season might be a little disappointing, but I think everybody just needs to be able to just come together and end the season on a good note."