The first half wasn’t pretty, though what game would be playing in those conditions, both teams walked into their respective locker rooms after one half of play tied, 3-3.
The Bears had more than enough chances in the first half to take control of the game, but kicker Aaron Jones, after making his first field goal from 22 yards in the first quarter, missed his next two from 49 and 35 yards out respectively.
Texas Longhorns’ quarterback Case McCoy couldn’t get anything going with his arm, and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was trying to find his groove as well, the ball feeling more like a cement covered rock than a football.
When the half came to a close, it seems like the Longhorns had a little bit of momentum especially with the way running back Malcolm Brown was running the football and already over the century mark in rushing yards.
But, when the second half opened, the Bears seized control of the game thanks to the arm of their quarterback. Petty would connect for two third quarter touchdown passes to Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood to give the Bears a 17-3 lead.
After McCoy hit Brown in the fourth quarter, from two yards out, it closed Baylor’s lead to 20-10 with just over 13 minutes to go. However, Baylor put it out of reach with a 28-yard field goal from Jones and a Glasco Martin 18-yard touchdown run.
Petty finished the afternoon with 288 yards and two touchdowns while McCoy had a day he’d rather forget, throwing for just 53 yards and getting intercepted twice.
This win for Baylor was sweet, not only because it sends them to the Fiesta Bowl, but it gives them the program’s first ever 11-win season. And just think the Bears get one more year with their star quarterback who might just be the top quarterback in college football when the 2014 season comes along.
For now, Baylor gets to celebrate their 2013 Big 12 Championship for awhile before they need to get ready for their date with the Fiesta Bowl.