Baylor turned Ray Berry's interception and Derek Turner's recovered fumble into short-yardage touchdowns that upset Texas, 24-10, in a Southwest Conference game yesterday in Waco, Tex.
The loss stalled, and perhaps ended, Texas' hopes for an SWC championship and automatic host spot in the Cotton Bowl at Dallas Jan. 1.
"Texas was playing for a spot in the Cotton Bowl today," Baylor Coach Grant Teaff said, "and all we had to play for was pride.
"This is the secondary that started so slowly against Brigham Young's great passing team and finished so well with this super performance against Texas, another national powerhouse."
"It surprised me very much," Texas Coach Fred Akers said. "I thought we'd come in here and play a good ballgame. We continue to have turnovers and today we had them in our end of the field. I don't know whether it is a lack of concentration or what, but we were just throwing footballs to the wrong players."
The Longhorns managed only a 38-yard field goal by Jeff Ward in the first quarter and a one-yard touchdown run by Kevin Nelson in the third quarter. Texas turned the ball over six times.
The Longhorns are 7-2-1 and 5-2, and are being considered by several other bowls. They will play Texas A&M next Saturday. Baylor, finishing 5-6 and 4-4, has beaten Texas five out of the last six games at Waco.
Todd Dodge's 88 yards passing pushed the junior's season total to 1,441, breaking a record set by Robert Brewer in 1982. His eight completions also tied the school record of 91 for the season, but three pass interceptions made Dodge the Longhorn season leader with 17, one more than Joe Clements threw in 1956.
"I can't put my finger on what happened," Dodge said.