The players then stood en masse near the middle of the field for the playing of The Eyes of Texas, temporarily defusing a powder-keg of emotions surrounding the school song while giving the Longhorns’ coaches, the school administrators and fan base a needed reprieve in the reaction toward the controversy surrounding the racial insensitivity of the song.
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“We talked about it as a team and I'm glad everyone participated in the song, glad that we all did that together,” Texas defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham said. “But we also stayed, you know, focused on the game itself, and I'm glad that we went out there executed the way we did.”
Baylor (1-2overall, 1-2 in Big 12 play) was led by quarterback Charlie Brewer’s 256 yards passing. Brewer directed two fourth-quarter scoring drives for the Bears, but it was too little, too late.
“We played so much cleaner ... with just five penalties,” Herman said. “Very few missed assignments from what I can see, and those were the points of emphasis over the last two weeks.
“I’m extremely proud of the response to those challenges by not only myself and our coaches, but the leaders on our team of really stepping up and challenging, their teammates. I’m really, really happy for our program for university for fans to get a much needed victory.”
This was Baylor’s first game since losing Oct. 3 at West Virginia; the Bears postponed their Oct. 17 game against Oklahoma State and employed a 10-day program-wide shutdown of football activities due to a Covid spike on the team before returning to practice Oct. 18.
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