Will these Texas Longhorns start making winning plays at Baylor?


All that talk about the Texas psyche, the close team mentality, the rock climbing videos and if Baylor Stadium is tough, it’s really crazy.

From a motivational standpoint, there are three of these scams. Out of 10. And there will also be no revisionist history, massage or editing of this answer.

This weekend, it’s simple. It is a matter of results. Will the Longhorns play or not?

Been here before, haven’t you? Several times.

“When you have two losses in the Big 12, you’re never out of the game,” said the Texas wide receiver. “I think we are in a great position to win. “

The tight end didn’t beep on the past, only on the future. “We have players, and good players,” he said. “And that’s something we have to remember over and over again. We have a lot of talent in our room.

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John Harris and Geoff Swaim truly believed Texas still had a shot at reaching the conference title game in 2014, even after back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Baylor.

“Someone has to get up and start playing,” coach Charlie Strong said at the time.

The Longhorns finished the year 6-7 with a loss at the Texas Bowl.

Optimism has backed the new Texas coach after back-to-back conference losses in 2017. “This one is really tight,” Tom Herman said at the end of October of that year. “And I don’t know when we’re going to cross that barrier.” They did not do it. These Horns finished 7-6 with a Texas Bowl victory.

The following year, the 12-game losing streak to Oklahoma State and West Virginia pushed Texas to the brink. This here-we-there-again-feeling was everywhere. “I think for some reason we just couldn’t let go of him sometimes,” Herman said after Will Grier / Horns Down’s infamous loss to the Mountaineers. “It’s up to us to understand why.”

It’s hard to forget Dana Holgorsen’s hot moment at the microphone that day. While yelling at an official, the West Virginia coach yelled, “Our guys have bigger balls than theirs!” Get the (expletive) out of here! “

How should you react when your, uh, manhood is called into question?

Well, somebody made a play.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey saved the Texas season next week in Lubbock with a jumpball touchdown in the northeast corner of Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas won a 41-34 thriller.

Texas wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey rushes to the end zone to score the winning touchdown against Texas Tech in Lubbock in 2018. That preserved UT's chance to win the Big 12 title game.

The following week, the UT scorecard operator placed the Oklahoma State game on the video board at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Everyone there watched the Cowboys lose their game of the week in the Big 12 – “in fucking high definition,” Herman said – giving Texas new life in the Big 12 race.

Over the next three hours and more against No.18 Iowa State, Collin Johnson and Humphrey took turns making some big catches. The defense stiffened. Texas won a 24-10 victory and regained their mojo.

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“We got into position to have a shot,” running back Tre Watson said afterwards. “We have to finish. Complete the trip.

Next is Texas’ first trip to Kansas since the disastrous trip there in 2016. The Longhorns claimed a hassle-free, unembarrassed victory 24-17. “I can tell from the people on the team that we have a lot more in the tank,” said defensive end Charles Omenihu.

The quarterback stuck to his constitution. “I don’t think we’ve reached our potential at all,” Sam Ehlinger said after the win at Kansas. “I think we always limit ourselves. We always stop, and there are things that I know we are capable of doing.

What happened in Arlington? Thank Oklahoma for making some winning plays in the Big 12 Championship game, like a corner blitz for safety and Grant Calcaterra’s one-handed touchdown in a 39-27 win.

“We had a chance, and the game was on me. I didn’t make the play, and they scored, ”Texas defenseman BJ Foster recalled earlier this month, reliving the experience with reporters. “I didn’t do a play at that time.”

Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown in the Sooners' victory over Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this month.  The Longhorns lost back-to-back games heading into this week's trip to Baylor.

Foster said he put it behind him. The Angleton product was a freshman in 2018 and had a lot of football to come. He has played 18 games and started 10 in the past two seasons.

The point is, this game is all about making games. Period.

With five regular season games to go, Texas (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) has plenty of football ahead of them. Saturday’s game against Baylor (6-1, 3-1) is just the next step.

Will it be a tough climb with a questionable offensive line and little defensive pressure? Absoutely. But can anyone say that the Horns are totally out of the question? Not after watching Texas rack up double-digit second-half leads against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The only problem was an ability to finish.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson and quarterback Casey Thompson celebrate a first-half touchdown against Rice in September.  The Longhorns were brought down to earth with two straight losses.

Players must make winning games the moment they win. When Xavier Worthy shoots a 31-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute and 31 seconds left, the defense can’t let OU’s Kennedy Brooks enter the end zone intact for a 33-yard winner. When the defense essentially lets Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders score to retrieve the ball with 2:18 remaining, the offense needs to properly execute a two-minute drill.

It’s possible that it will be again in 2018. But it could just as easily be 2014 or 2017, too.

“If I remember correctly, the team (2018) stayed close to each other,” senior Josh Thompson said on Tuesday. “Basically what we’re doing now.”

He said the whole team is just trying to keep a cool head.

“I don’t know how to explain it, but I really like the vibe this year,” he said. “Our goal right now is the Baylor game. We’re going to take it step by step, game by game, and that will be it.

Everything is getting too complicated these days. But it is simple. Someone has to do a play.

Otherwise, Houston is lovely at the end of December.

Contact Brian Davis by phone or text at 512-445-3957. E-mail [email protected] Where @BDavisAAS

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