AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once again, the Baylor offense scored 50 points on an opponent. Once again, it wasn't enough to win.
Joe Bergeron ran for five touchdowns and Texas outlasted Baylor 56-50 Saturday night in another wild one in the Big 12, smashing Baylor's hopes of earning a third straight win over the Longhorns for the first time in a rivalry that dates to 1901.
In its two Big 12 road games this season, Baylor (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) has scored 113 points and lost both by a total of 13.
"It's not the defense's fault," said Bears quarterback Nick Florence, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more. "We have the mentality that 'I have your back and you have mine.'"
Texas led 42-31 at halftime and the game was on pace to beat the Big 12 record total of 133 points set when Baylor lost 70-63 to West Virginia on Sept. 29.
"It's really hard coming in, expecting to win like this, a game we needed to win and having the game turn out like it did really hurts," Bears linebacker Bryce Hager said.
Bergeron fell one touchdown short of the Texas school record held by Heisman Trophy-winning running back Ricky Williams. David Ash passed for 274 yards and a touchdown for the Longhorns (5-2, 2-2), who overcame another dismal effort by their own defense.
The teams combined for 1,132 yards, 56 first downs and 14 touchdowns, and the Longhorns gave up more than 600 yards for the second consecutive week. But Baylor settled for field goals instead of pushing for touchdowns on three scoring drives in the second and third quarters, which made a huge difference in the end.
The game wasn't settled until Texas recovered a pooch kickoff with 1:57 left after Florence scored his second touchdown to get Baylor within six. Bergeron converted a critical third-and-1 that helped Texas run out the clock.
"Baylor is really, really good, as advertised, on offense," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "It got to be who had the ball last."
The game was played at a blistering pace in the first half as both teams marched at will against defenses desperate just to make tackles.