AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Baylor Bears have a chance to do something Texas fans could have hardly imagined not all that long ago: beat the Longhorns three years in a row.
That has never happened over 101 meetings dating to 1901. Texas holds such a lopsided edge in the Big 12 rivalry (73-24-4) that Baylor has seldom beaten the Longhorns even twice in a row.
But here come the Bears (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday night, looking to drive a stake into Texas' season that now looks so fragile after a 4-0 start. The Longhorns (4-2, 1-2) have lost two in a row, including last week's 63-21 debacle against Oklahoma.
"We are definitely going to bring it to them," Baylor offensive tackle Cyril Richardson said.
Both teams are struggling and all but out of the Big 12 title chase with two league losses already. The Longhorns badly need a win to shore up confidence in a defense that has allowed at least 31 points in four consecutive games.
Of course, the only team in the Big 12 playing worse defense than Texas right now is Baylor.
Baylor hoped to keep up the momentum created by former quarterback Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy-winning season last year, but hasn't been able to match that run so far. The Bears lost a 70-63 thriller at West Virginia, then had six turnovers last week in a home loss to TCU.
Like Texas, the Bears give up touchdowns at a crazy rate and need their offense to score at every opportunity.
"That's six possessions that we could have scored on and that we gave back to them. We can't allow that to happen," Bears quarterback Nick Florence said.
Florence leads an offense that can pile up points in a hurry when not giving the ball away. Florence ranks No. 1 nationally in total offense with 404 yards per game.