AUSTIN, Texas — Coaches will say that there is no such thing as an ugly win, especially after two heart-rending, last-minute losses that have opened up a big can of doubt about a team.
Given those parameters, the Texas Longhorns’ 27-16 victory over Baylor on a cool, sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was as pretty as a picture, and ultimately, produced one very large sigh of relief on the 40 Acres.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for 270 yards and a touchdown and added two scores on the ground for the Longhorns, and came alive through the middle 30 minutes of the game when Texas opened up its offense more. He ended up hitting on 14 of his 22 passes and ran 15 times for 51 yards.
With the victory, the Longhorns (3-2 overall, 2-2 in Big 12 play) got back on the winning track after consecutive conference losses to TCU at home and to Oklahoma.
“I'm always relieved to get a win,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “You know, I told you guys, my bosses and myself are completely aligned and on the same page. I don't know that the release of a win was any more today than in any other time we win. Winning is intoxicating. But it is also a very, very big relief anytime you get a win.”
The players then stood en masse...