Football Preview: Baylor – University of Texas Athletics

Texas (7-4, 5-3) vs. Baylor (6-5, 4-4)

November 25, 2022

Where:
Austin, Texas

Stadium: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

Time: 11:00 a.m. CT

TV: ESPN (Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich)

Radio: Longhorn Radio Network/LEARFIELD (Craig Way, Roger Wallace, Will Matthews)

Spanish Radio: Longhorn Radio Network/LEARFIELD (Dr. Rubén Pizarro-Silva, Jesus Mendoza)

THE OPENING KICKOFF

• The University of Texas continues its 130th season of football on Saturday when the Longhorns meet Baylor for the 112th time. The game will kick off from Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas at 11:00 a.m. CT on ESPN.

• Texas (7-4, 5-3) defeated Kansas, 55-14, last week in Lawrence.

• Kansas (6-5, 4-4) heads to Austin after falling to No. 4 TCU in Waco, 29-28, on a Horned Frog field goal as time expired.

Steve Sarkisian will be serving his 105th career game as head coach and 24th with Texas. He has a career record of 58-46 (.558).

• Texas currently boasts 935 all-time wins, the fifth-most in college football history. UT holds an all-time record of 935-389-33 (.701).

The All-Time Series

• Texas has faced only two schools more frequently than Baylor (111 times, last 2021) in its football history: Texas A&M (118 times, last 2011) and Oklahoma (118 times, last 2022).

• It will be the 61st meeting between the two programs in Austin, where the Longhorns hold a 48-10-2 record over the Bears.

• Texas was won five of the last seven meetings against Baylor, including last three in Austin.

• UT is 18-7 against Baylor during the Big 12 era (since 1996).

A Texas Win Would …

• Be Texas’ 936th victory all-time, the fifth-winningest program in college football history.

• Improve the Longhorns to 80-28-4 all-time against Baylor and 49-10-2 in Austin.

• Give Steve Sarkisian his 59th victory as a head coach and 13th at Texas in his 105th career game as a head coach.

• Be the Longhorns 148th victory in Big 12 Conference play and improve their all-time conference record to 148-79.

Sarkisian Era Enters Second Season

• Texas Football Head Coach Steve Sarkisian is in his second season at the helm of the Longhorns and his ninth season as a head coach overall.

• Last season, the Texas offense ranked 18th in the nation and second in the Big 12 Conference with 35.5 points per game, the third-straight top-18 scoring output for a Sarkisan-led offense.

• The offensive showing also marked the eighth top-30 scoring offense in Sarkisian’s career.

Bijan Robinson rushed for 1,127 yards in 2021 and has established a career best with 1,401 rushing yards this season marking the 11th consecutive year a Sarkisian offense has had a 1,000-yard rusher.

DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium Shines

• The Texas-Alabama game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium drew record-setting crowds to the Forty Acres.

• A total of 105,213 packed DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, topping the previous record of 103,507 established in 2018 in the Longhorns’ victory over USC.

• It marked the 30th game in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium history to draw more than 100,000 fans.

• Texas drew over 100,000 fans to a home game for the first time since 102,498 Longhorn faithful packed the house for UT’s 24-10 victory over Iowa State in 2018.

Drawing a Crowd

• A week after setting the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium attendance record, the Longhorns drew another huge crowd with 102,520 Longhorn faithful packing the house, the third-largest crowd in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium history, and the 31st crowd of 100,000-plus.

• It marked the first time since 2018 that Texas has drawn back-to-back crowds of over 100,000 fans.

• Texas followed that by drawing 100,740 fans for the matchup with West Virginia and 100,072 for game against Iowa State, the first time DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium held over 100,000 fans four times in a season since 2012.

• Against TCU, the Horns drew 104,203 fans to DKR-TMS, the second-largest crowd in stadium history. It marked the fifth consecutive crowd of 100,000, the longest streak since 2012, and brought the total attendance through six homes games to 607,621, the highest total through six games of a season in stadium history.

Halftime Momentum

• Texas has had a scoring attempt in nine of its final 11 drives of the half this year, scoring touchdowns before heading into the locker room in six of the last eight games: Missed FG; Missed FG; FG; TD; TD; TD; TD; punt; TD; punt; TD. The Longhorns’ opponents have scored just twice (WVU, TCU) on their final drive of the half with the other nine games being five punts, three interceptions and a missed FG.

• The Longhorns have held their opponents scoreless on each of their initial drives of the second half with the Horns scoring five times (four TDs and a FG) in 11 games.

Complimentary Football

• Texas is one of only eight teams in the FBS (seven among Power 5 teams) averaging more than 35 points (35.5) and allowing less than 21 (20.6) on the season. The others are: Georgia (38.4 / 11.1), Michigan (39.4 / 11.7), Ohio State (46.5 / 16.9), Alabama (40 / 17.2), Florida State (35.4 / 18), Penn State (35.9 / 18.2) and Tulane (35.1 / 19.5).

• Ranking 15th among Power 5 programs in scoring offense (35.5 ppg/21st FBS) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.6 ppg/31st FBS), Texas is one of 12 teams that ranks among the Power 5’s top-25 in both scoring offense and scoring defense (the others are: Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Utah).

• Texas has the best rush offense to rush defense ratio in Big 12 with Baylor ranking second: Texas +74 (199 rush off/125 rush def); Baylor +71 (202 rush off/131 rush def).

The Running Back Room

• The Longhorns are one of four FBS schools with two players with 2,000-plus career rushing yards (Bijan Robinson – 3,231; Roschon Johnson – 2,113).

• Texas had a historic rushing effort against Kansas, producing a 200-yard rusher (Bijan Robinson, 243 yards) and a 100-yard rusher (Jonathon Brooks, 108) for just the second time in program history and the first time since 1968 (Chris Gilbert, 213; Ted Koy, 117 vs. Rice).

Heisman Hopeful: Bijan Robinson

• Texas has a strong Heisman tradition when it come to the running back position with two of the greats – Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998) hailing from the Forty Acres.

• Additionally, the Longhorns have had 10 running backs or fullbacks place in the Top-10 in Heisman Trophy voting, most recently D’Onta Foreman in 2016.

• Current Big 12 Conference programs have produced five Heisman Trophy Winners from the running back/tailback position: Campbell, Williams, Billy Vessels (1952), Billy Simms (1978) and Barry Sanders (1988).

• The last three running backs named as the Heisman Trophy winner have been sophomores or juniors: Reggie Bush (2005), Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015).

Robinson By the Numbers

• A Walter Camp Award semifinalist, Robinson has been one of the top performers in the FBS this season, ranking fourth in total touchdowns (18), rushing touchdowns (16), fifth in all-purpose yards (147.20 ypg), sixth in rushing yards (1,401), seventh in total points scored (108) and eighth in rushing yards per game (127.4) and scoring (9.8), while also ranking 18th in rushing yards per carry (6.12).

• Robinson is the only FBS player to have more than 1,000 rushing yards (1,401) and 300 receiving yards (314), and his 1,715 tandem yards (rushing + receiving) are the second-most in the nation, 64 behind Illinois’ Chase Brown.

• He is one of only two players with 1,650 combined rushing and receiving yards through the first 12 weeks of the season.

• Robinson leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, all purpose yards per game, total points scored and scoring, while also ranking fourth in rushing yards per carry, sixth in points responsible for (108), eighth in points responsible for per game (9.8) and 10th in total offense (127.4).

• The junior has seven total plays (five rushing, two receiving) of at least 40 yards.

• This offseason, Robinson focused on maintaining his speed for 90 yards (instead of the 40-yard dash), and was clocked at 22.3 mph on the GPS.

• Robinson has a history of not only making people miss and getting the tough yards, but also breaking big plays as both a rusher and receiver. For his career, Robinson has 44 plays (30 rushes/14 receptions) of 20-plus yards and that includes eight of 50 or more (all runs).

• Over his last 23 games, his ratio of long plays is even more impressive. During that time, he has 39 plays (26 rushes/13 receptions) of 20-or-more yards, including six runs of 50-plus. He’s accomplished that in just 493 plays (443 rushes/50 receptions) in that 20-game span, or a play of 20-plus yards on average every 11 plays.

• The Tucson, Ariz. native was dominant against Kansas, establishing career bests with 243 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns while accomplishing the feat on just 25 carries for 9.7 ypc.

• The 200-yard effort was the third of his career, tying him for third-most in Texas history.

• The rushing touchdowns brought his career total to 31, the 10th-most in program history.

• He rushed for over 100 yards for the 17th time in his career, fourth all-time in UT history.

• The scores gave him four multi-rushing touchdown games on the season and eight for his career, while also marking the 12th multi-touchdown game (rushing or receiving) in his career.

• He also has four career games of three rushing touchdowns and six games of three or more combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.

• Robinson has scored a combined 39 touchdowns (31 rushing, 8 receiving), tied for fourth among Longhorns all-time and he was the 13th Longhorn to score 30.

• He has a rushing or receiving score in 20 of his last 23 games.

• He has pushed his season rushing total to a career-best 1,401 yards, reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the season for the second consecutive season.

All About Zay

• Sophomore WR Xavier Worthy is one of the premier wide receivers in the Big 12, ranking first in receiving touchdowns (nine – 11th in the FBS), sixth in total touchdowns (nine), eighth receiving yards (614), ninth in receiving yards per game (55.8) and 10th receptions per game (4.3), while also ranking 17th in scoring (4.9 ppg) and 18th in yards per reception (13.35).

• Worthy is also serving as the Longhorns’ primary punt returner this season, averaging 10.4 yards per return, the second-best return average in the Big 12.

• Caught a pair of passes for 30 yards at Kansas, extending his streak to 23 consecutive games with a reception.

• He caught four passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas State.

• His scores brought his career receiving TD total to 21, third all-time in UT history while accomplishing the feat in just 21 games.

• The two-touchdown game was his third of the season and the sixth multi-touchdown game of his career.

• Had a touchdown reception in six consecutive games, tied for the third-longest streak in UT history.

• Worthy has caught a pass in all 22 games he has played and brought his career receptions total to 106.

• Tallied a touchdown reception in at least four consecutive games for the second time in his career.

• His second touchdown reception against Kansas State was the 100th overall reception of his career. The reception occurred in his 21st game played, the fastest any Longhorn has reached 100 career receptions, besting the previous record of 22 games by Longhorn great Roy Williams.

• He caught four passes for 78 yards and had one touchdown in the Longhorns game at Oklahoma State.

• He had a stand-out performance against Iowa State, catching a season-high eight passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including a 3-yard go-ahead score to help clinch the Texas victory.

• Versus Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, he tallied three receptions for 29 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception.

• Against West Virginia, he caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns of 15 and 44 yards.

• He also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Tavion Sanders on the first pass attempt of his career.

• Worthy was the first Longhorn to pass and receive a touchdown in the same game since Lil’Jordan Humphrey against Oklahoma in 2018.

• The 100-yard performance was his fifth.

• At Texas Tech, Worthy caught three passes for 50 yards, including a 39-yard TD reception before leaving the game with an injury.

• In the Longhorns’ 41-20 victory over UTSA, Worthy hauled in four receptions for 41 yards.

• Worthy caught five passes for a game-high 97 yards against Alabama, including a diving 46-yard reception at the end of the first quarter.

•  His standout performance against No. 1 Alabama moved him past 1,000 career receiving yards.

• He had a pair of receptions for 24 yards against ULM and also returned three punts for 33 yards, including a career long 21-yard return, and ran the ball once for seven yards.

Quinn in Command

• Redshirt freshman QB Quinn Ewers has guided the Longhorns to five victories in his first eight career starts.

• His five victories are tied for fourth-most by a freshman in program history.

• Connected on 18-of-31 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas State.

• Marked the fifth time in his first six starts he had thrown multiple touchdown passes.

• Ewers threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-49 passing at Oklahoma State, the first 300-yard passing game of his career.

• In the win over Iowa State, Ewers passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17-of-26 passes along the way.

• He had a standout performance against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, completing 21-of-31 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns, establishing then career bests in each category.

• The four touchdown passes are tied for third-most in the UT-OU game in series history and are the most-ever by a Texas freshman.

• Ewers’ four passing scores are also tied for 10th-most in a game in program history and tied for third among Texas freshmen.

• His four touchdown passes were the most for a Texas freshman since Shane Buechele had four against UTEP in 2016.

• His efforts earned him Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week honors, the first weekly conference honor of his career.

Sanders is a Sensation

• Sophomore TE Ja’Tavion Sanders has been tremendous during the 2022 campaign and is already making his marking on the UT record books.

• Caught a career-high seven passes for 61 yards against TCU, upping his season total to 46 receptions, second-most in a season by a UT tight end.

• He has 511 receiving yards this season, the fifth-highest total in a season for a UT tight end.

• In Texas’ victory at Kansas State, he hauled in five receptions for 54 yards

• At Oklahoma State, Sanders caught six passes for 76 yards. It brought his season total to 34 receptions and made him just the fifth Longhorn tight end with 30 catches in a season.

• Against Iowa State, he had three receptions for 37 yards, including a third-down, 13-yard reception that helped lead to Texas’ first touchdown of the game.

• In the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma, Sanders caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

• The two scores brought his season total to five this season, tied for third all-time among Texas tight ends.

Ford Foundation

• Junior LB Jaylan Ford has emerged as a crucial member of the defense during the 2022 season.

• Tallied his third interception of the season on Kansas’ final drive of the first half, setting up a Longhorn touchdown before the teams headed to the locker rooms.

• Collected nine tackles in the Horns strong defensive effort against TCU.

• Ford was sensational in the victory over Kansas State, recording a game-leading 10 tackles (six solo), while also forcing a fumble and recovering another. He also intercepted a pass in the final two minutes of the first half, returning it 18 yards to the K-State 33-yard line to set up Texas final score before the half.

• His efforts earned him Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

• At Oklahoma State, Ford collected six tackles (four solo) and had two tackles for loss and a sack.

• Ford played a critical role in ending two Iowa State drives in the Longhorns’ victory over the Cyclones, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance.

• First, he intercepted a pass in the end zone that shifted momentum in the game in towards Texas and prevented a potential two-score deficit. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, he jumped on a Cyclone fumble that sealed the game for the Longhorns. He also added eight tackles (two solo) to lead the team.

• In the Red River Showdown, Ford made seven tackles (four solo) and had one TFL against the Sooners.

• Against West Virginia, he registered 14 tackles (seven solo), his fourth-straight game with 10-or-more tackles, and a tackle for loss.

• At Texas Tech, he recorded 12 tackles (four solo) and had a forced fumble.

• Ford was a force against UTSA, posting career best numbers with 15 tackles, 10 solo tackles and his first forced fumble.

• He had a breakout performance against No. 1 Alabama, posting a team-high 10 tackles (six solo) with two tackles for loss and one sack, helping hold the Crimson Tide to 20 points.

DeMarvion is Dialed In

• Senior LB DeMarvion Overshown has become a leader and proven big-play maker during his time on the Forty Acres.

• Now a two-time Butkus Award semifinalist, this season, he has registered at least five tackles in 10 of 11 games this season, including a season-high 11 (two solo) with a half sack and half TFL against TCU.

• Registered nine tackles (seven solo) most recently at in the victory at Kansas State.

• Also has 1.5 tackles for loss against the Wildcats.

• Tallied eight tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one pass break up and a QB hurry at Oklahoma State.

• In Texas’ shutout of Oklahoma, he posted six tackles (two solo) and broke up one pass in guiding the ‘Horns to the historic victory.

• Against West Virginia, Overshown registered eight tackles (two solo) and had half a sack for a three yard loss.

• At Texas Tech, he tallied seven tackles (five solo) and had his first sack of the season while playing in just the second half of the game.

• In UT’s victory over UTSA, Overshown had 10 tackles (four solo) for his third career game with 10 or more tackles. He also added a half a tackle for loss and a pass break up.

• He tallied five solo tackles in the Longhorns one-point loss to Alabama, helping hold the high-powered Crimson Tide offense to just 20 points.

• He led Texas with eight tackles (six solo) and posted two tackles for loss in the opener against ULM, helping the defense hold the Warhawks to 10 yards or less on six of their first 10 drives.

Jahdae on the Spot

• Junior DB Jahdae Barron’s impact in the defensive backfield can be felt throughout the team.

• The Austin native had a career day against TCU, recording 11 tackles with a career-high nine solo and 3.5 tackles for loss, while also collecting his first fumble recovery and returning it 48 yards.

• Barron posted a critical PBU to prevent a TD and create a turnover on downs at Kansas State.

• He had a standout game against Oklahoma State, recording a career-best 12 tackles (six solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss.

• Against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, Barron picked off a pass to shut down a Sooner drive, and also tallied six tackles (three solo) and had half a tackle for loss.

• Versus West Virginia, he posted six tackles (five solo) and had one tackle for loss.

• He had a career day at Texas Tech, establishing career bests with 10 tackles, six solo tackles and two tackles for loss.

• Barron recorded his first career interception against UTSA and took it 44 yards for the first pick-six of his career. He also added six tackles (three solo) in the victory over the Roadrunners.

• His effort against UTSA earned him Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

• Had four tackles (two solo) against Alabama.

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