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Beat in the Heart of Texas; Bears defeat Longhorns 23-21

Nov. 3, 1997


Bears defeat Longhorns, 23-21, in homecoming game

Associated Press

Victory is sweet. Playing to a crowd of 42,719 at Floyd Casey stadium, the Bears got to taste it for the second time this season.

Jeff Watson's second half touchdown pass and three field goals by Matt Bryant overcame Williams' 226 yards rushing, two touchdown dashes and his first passing score Saturday, giving Baylor a 23-21 homecoming upset of Texas.

Baylor (2-6, 1-4) had to dodge a desperation 54-yard field goal attempt by Phil Dawson with 1:28 left. It was blown wide right by a 30 mph wind as Texas (3-5, 1-4) fell to the Bears for the first time after four consecutive wins.

The win prompted the Baylor students to tear down the goal posts despite a heavy police presence.

The loss was sure to turn up the heat on coach John Mackovic who was in trouble with some dissident alumni for the failed season the Longhorns have had as defending Big 12 champions.

'Give credit to Baylor,' Mackovic said after the game. 'They jumped on us early. We battled back but that field goal try was a little long. I wish we had been a little closer. Ricky had another great game. Ricky took a pounding but he kept producing.'

Baylor coach Dave Roberts said, 'I kept telling our players that something good was going to happen to us. I thought we did pretty good against Williams and he still got 200 yards. He's just a great back. We're just glad to win. It was an incredible game.''

Bryant's third field goal from 42 yards gave Baylor a 16-14 lead. Then came the play that gave Baylor the winning points.

Linebacker Glenn Coy intercepted a James Brown pass at the Texas 41.

'That interception really hurt us,' Mackovic. 'James should have run with the ball there.'

After a 34-yard Watson to Derrious Thompson pass, Watson hit tight end Bradley Domel from two yards out for a 23-14 lead.

Williams scored on an 87-yard run to pull Texas within two points with 9:54 left but Baylor's defense held late in the game.

Williams showed his ability to throw and catch the ball besides running it as the Longhorns built a 14-13 halftime lead.

Baylor struck on its offense series with freshman Darrell Bush running 65-yards to set up a 1-yard scoring run by Elijah Burkins.

Texas then hit Baylor with a trick play to even the score at 7-all. Donald McCowen intercepted a Watson pass at the Baylor 37.

On the very next play, Williams ran left like it was going to be a power sweep, but instead passed to Jamel Thompson who was all alone in the Bears' end zone.

The 27-yard touchdown pass was the first for Williams, who has been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies for his baseball ability.

Williams scored his 18th touchdown of the season in the second period to tie Earl Campbell's Texas record on a 6-yard run.

Williams set the score up himself by catching a 27-yard pass from James Brown and running 17 yards on 3rd and 3 from the Baylor 33. Williams broke Campbell's record with his 87-yard run.

It was the fourth consecutive 200-yard game by Williams, just one short of the NCAA record held by Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen. Williams had 31 carries in the game.

Baylor got field goals of 35 and 20 yards from Bryant in the second period.

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