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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Game Recap: Texas vs Baylor 2018

Game Recap:  Texas vs Baylor 2018
by B.R. Battle
BattleStat Number Definition
The BattleStat Number (BSN) for the analysis of a team showcases how efficient a team is by calculating the offensive and defensive productivity of a team. These numbers are categorized into two sections…Offense (BSN-OFF) and Defense (BSN-DEF). To calculate the BSN-OFF and BSN-DEF, Offense and Defense Success Rates (OSR and DSR) will be analyzed to illustrate how successful and effective a team is. A higher number equates to a better overall score.

BSN-OFF by Quarter
This win by Texas was not a pretty win, but the Longhorns cannot worry about style points as it pertains to games.  Especially after losing Sam Ehlinger to an injury on their first offensive drive, this Texas team just needed to win, by any means necessary.  After securing the win on Saturday against the Baylor Bears, the Longhorns have become bowl eligible after just 7 games in the season.  This is a mighty turn-around from a team that has only won 22 regular season games over the past 4 years.

In regards to the offenses in the game, Texas posted a 50.5 point BSN-OFF compared to Baylor's 25.4 point total.  The Longhorns were above the 40 point NCAAF BSN average throughout the entire game, highlighted by an exceptional 67 point BSN 2nd quarter score...a quarter that showcased 2 Texas touchdown drives.  Although the Longhorns did not score any points in the second half, the offense was efficient, putting the team in position to attempt 2 field goals, although Longhorn's kicker, Cameron Dicker, missed both attempts.

Baylor's offense posted a BSN point total of 25.4 points, which is 15 points below the NCAAF average.  Their offense was most successful during the first quarter when they accounted for 10 points and moved the ball down the field for a touchdown in an 8 play efficient drive.  Although the Bears had a successful 1st quarter, they were never able to get their offense moving on the right track..only scoring 7 additional points over the remaining 3 quarters.

BSN-DEF by Quarter 
The Texas defense posted a 58.7 point BSN-DEF.  Their defense closed out both halves shutting out the Baylor offense.  For the game, the Longhorn defense was able to put pressure on the Baylor QB when necessary...posting 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks throughout the game.  The defensive drive of the game was the last drive on Saturday, where Texas was able to hold Baylor out of the end zone to secure the win.  As stated before, this wasn't a pretty win, but the Longhorns cannot afford to try to win with "style" points.  Just take the wins as they come...that's all.

The Baylor defense was slightly below average for the game, mainly due to their inability to stop the Longhorn offense in the first half.  They shored up in the second half; however, it was not enough to overcome the 13 point first half deficit.  The Bear's defensive averaged a 27 point BSN in the first half, but rallied to average nearly 42 point in the second half.  Their inability to stop the Texas running game, highlighted by Keaontay Ingram's 19 carries for 110 yards, was the difference in a near 5 minute time of possession difference in favor of the Longhorns.

The bye week couldn't have come at a better point in the season than this week for the Longhorns.  With the Ehlinger shoulder injury, the 2 week break is huge for his recovery and Texas' potential Big XII championship run.  Although, Shane Buechele was able to secure a win this Saturday against Baylor, the Longhorn's offense is severely different and less efficient without Ehlinger.  Enjoy the win and hope Ehlinger comes back healthy after the bye week. 

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