AUSTIN, Texas—In a game that came down to the final seconds, Trent Domingue's last-minute field goal and a staunch defensive stand lifted Texas (4-4, 2-3) over No. 8 Baylor (6-1, 3-1), 35-34, at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
The Texas win spoils the Bears' perfect season and extends the Longhorns' unbeaten streak at home to four games this season.
Running back D'Onta Foreman turned in a landmark performance, tallying 250 yards on the ground to become the first 1,000-yard rusher for Texas since Jamaal Charles in 2007. The victory over the Bears also marks his ninth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
Baylor required just over a minute to take the first lead of the game. After guiding the Bears to the halfway point, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell eluded Texas defenders for a 50-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing drive, Texas looked no further than the Foreman brothers to erase the deficit. D'Onta Foreman took the first three handoffs for a first down, then wide receiver Armanti caught a pass for another. After relying on D'Onta for 22 more yards, quarterback Shane Buechele found Armanti in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown pass. The Texas drive evened the score at 7-7.
Texas struck gold again when cornerback Kris Boyd broke up the first pass of the Baylor drive, knocking the ball high into the air. Safety P.J. Locke IIItracked it came down with the interception at the Baylor 37-yard line. The Longhorns capitalized on the next play, when D'Onta Foreman broke free for a touchdown and a 14-7 Longhorn lead.
Baylor responded with a touchdown on their next drive, tying the game at 14 with 9:19 left in the first quarter. Despite the high-scoring opening minutes, both offenses remained quiet for the rest of the quarter.
Seven minutes into the second quarter, momentum seemed to shift towards Baylor as they recovered a Texas fumble at the Longhorns' two-yard line. However, a holding penalty on the Bears in the end zone resulted in a safety, granting Texas two points for a 16-14 advantage.
On the next drive, Buechele fired a 40-yard pass to Collin Johnson, positioning the Longhorns in Baylor territory. A pair of screen passes to Jake Olivermoved the Longhorns to the nine-yard line, where D'Onta Foreman took over to score for Texas. Trent Domingue tacked on the extra point to give Texas a 23-14 lead.
A lengthy Baylor drive ended in a touchdown and swallowed up the final four minutes of the half in the process. Nevertheless, the Longhorns took a 23-21 lead going into the break.
Texas capped off its first possession of the second half with a 25-yard field goal from Domingue, lengthening the Longhorn advantage to 26-21.
Baylor responded with a touchdown on their next drive, reclaiming the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the third quarter.
With 6:25 left in the third quarter, the Bears looked poised to score another touchdown as they lined up at the Texas eight-yard line. But a sack from Malik Jefferson and an unyielding defense held Baylor to a field goal, making the score 31-26.
One minute into the fourth quarter, cornerback Anthony Wheeler forced the ball out of the arms of Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty. Locke III quickly pounced on the ball for his second recovered turnover of the night. The Longhorns were unable to convert the turnover into points, however, and punted.
Baylor threatened to score again on the next drive, advancing as far as the Texas two-yard line before being tackled for a loss twice in a row. The Bears were forced to settle for a field goal yet again.
With Texas looking to bridge the eight-point deficit, Lorenzo Joe extended a pass from Buechele for 61 yards to carry the Longhorns into the red zone. Buechele then turned to tight end Andrew Beck, who took a slant pass to the house for six points. A two-point conversion effort fell just short, leaving the score at 34-32.
Texas' final drive of the game began with 3:15 left on the clock. Buechele connected with Armanti Foreman for a 38-yard pass, sending the Longhorns into Baylor territory. As the clock ticked down to less than a minute, Texas trotted out its kicking team to attempt a 39-yard field goal. The kick off the leg of Domingue sailed through the uprights, giving the Longhorns a one-point advantage and sending the home crowd into hysteria.
The Bears were unable to encroach upon Longhorn territory in their final possession, as the Texas defense limited the Bears to just one first down. Facing a fourth down with three seconds left, Russell launched an incomplete pass to seal the Texas victory.
The Longhorns face a road test against Texas Tech in Lubbock next week. That game kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on FS1.