Texas sur­vives Bay­lor, 23-17

Sam Eh­linger is in­jured

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Jim Ver­tuno

AUSTIN, Texas—Shane Buechele came on for in­jured quar­ter­back Sam Eh­linger early in the first quar­ter and No. 9 Texas slugged out a 23-17 win over Bay­lor that ended when the Bears’ fi­nal pass sailed through the back of the end zone Sat­ur­day.

Bay­lor quar­ter­back Char­lie Brewer drove the Bears from their own 3 to the Texas 17 be­fore he had to rush his fi­nal three throws un­der in­tense pres­sure.

The vic­tory makes Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12 Con­fer­ence) bowl el­i­gi­ble.

Fresh­man run­ning back Keaon­tay In­gram ran for 110 yards, Texas’ first 100-yard rush­ing ef­fort of the sea­son. De­fen­sive end Charles Omenihu had two sacks and was chas­ing Brewer on the last three plays.

Buechele fin­ished Texas’ open­ing drive af­ter game of­fi­cials made Eh­linger leave be­cause his right, throw­ing hand was bleed­ing.

Eh­linger went to the side­line and then the locker room be­fore school of­fi­cials an­nounced he had in­jured his throw­ing shoul­der.

He re­turned to the side­line but didn’t play again and changed into street clothes.

Buechele was the full-time starter in 2016, when he set sev­eral school fresh­man pass­ing records, but he hadn’t played yet this sea­son.

The Longhorns strug­gled to find any of­fen­sive rhythm for most of the game as Buechele passed for 184 yards with one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Texas is bowl el­i­gi­ble in mid-Oc­to­ber for the first time since 2009, the last year the Longhorns won the Big 12 and played for a na­tional cham­pi­onship.

Texas had con­sec­u­tive los­ing sea­sons from 2014-16 and didn’t get to the post­sea­son in 2015 and 2016.

The Longhorns have now qual­i­fied for bowl games in both of coach Tom Her­man’s sea­sons.

Brewer passed for 245 yards and a touch­down for the Bears (4-3, 2-2).

THE TAKE­AWAY

Bay­lor: The Bears couldn’t pro­tect Brewer late. They ended their last three drives with Brewer ei­ther sacked or on the run as the pocket col­lapsed around him. The Bears’ de­fense, the worst against the run in the Big 12, had a solid game af­ter giv­ing up 300 yards on the ground a week ear­lier.

Texas: The Longhorns may be on edge wait­ing to see how se­ri­ous Eh­linger’s in­jury is and if next week’s open date will give him time to re­cover be­fore the next game. Eh­linger ac­counted for five touch­downs in a break­out vic­tory over Ok­la­homa. He hasn’t thrown an in­ter­cep­tion in 168 at­tempts, a school record. He also had played ev­ery snap this sea­son un­til get­ting hurt.

UP NEXT

Bay­lor is off next week be­fore vis­it­ing No. 6 West Vir­ginia on Oct. 25.

Texas is off next week be­fore vis­itng Ok­la­homa State on Oct. 27.

AP Photo/Eric Gay

■ Texas wide re­ceiver Lil'Jor­dan Humphrey (84) runs for a 3-yard touch­down against Bay­lor dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game Sat­ur­day in Austin.

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