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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Texas 40 Baylor 0, first-half analysis

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

WACO, Texas -- Texas has made this game look easy, putting on a football clinic in the first half on a 40-0 throttling of Baylor.

Here is how Texas built its huge early lead.

Turning point: Texas cornerback Aaron Williams’ interception in the Baylor end zone killed the Bears’ first offensive possession and effectively snuffed out any early momentum for Nick Florence. After that play, Texas’ defense ran off five consecutive three-and-out possessions to put the game away.

Stat of the half: Texas’ nation-best rushing defense has throttled Baylor from the opening snap. The Bears have produced minus-25 yards rushing on 13 plays. Most amazingly, the yardage was primed by only two Texas sacks.

Best player of the half: Texas sophomore tailback Cody Johnson is having a huge coming-out party in his first college start. Johnson has produced 83 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead a resurgent Texas running game that has produced 150 yards on 21 carries. It’s more rushing yardage than Texas has gained in any complete game since rushing for 304 yards against UTEP in the fourth game of the season.

Best call: Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has rarely taken produced much on red zone passing this season. His 3-yard pass to Jordan Shipley might have been done as much for future opposing defensive coordinators as anything else. Shipley jumped in front of a Baylor defender to score the first of his two touchdowns.