Texas remains atop the Southwest Conference standings after an impressive 113-0 defeat of Baylor Saturday, while the Bears are still stuck in the league cellar.
The Longhorns would do very little wrong all day, especially in the early goings, as they raced out to a 75-0 halftime lead. Securing a lead is always a coach’s goal, but UT’s Butch Neuenschwander had a secondary goal in mind Saturday.
“We just try to improve each week, and we improved from TCU to Texas State, but we still had a problem with penalties, so that was our big focus,” Neuenschwander said. “We only had six penalties today, and that was in the second half after I substituted all my reserves. I was real proud of the boys – the score at the half was 75-0 with no penalties against.”
Rice improved to 2-1 in league play with a 32-20 win over winless TCU. The Owls got jumped out to a quick lead, 18-0, which would prove to be the difference in the game, as the Horned Frogs kept pace with them the rest of the way.
“TCU decided they actually wanted to step up, and we scored in the last couple minutes of the first half,” said TCU coach Ben Jones, “we decided we actually wanted to play the rest of the game.”
Down 18-10 at halftime, TCU matched Rice’s 10-point second half, but couldn’t overcome the match’s initial onslaught.
TCU was hurt by the loss of second row Ryan Higgins, who left the game with a concussion midway through the opening half.
“He was a tackling machine, literally just destroying anything that came near him,” said Jones of Higgins, “and unfortunately, in destroying people he destroyed his own head.”