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No. 6 Baylor Football falls to Texas. No. 5 Baylor Equestrian downs No. 4 SMU. Cross Country turns in 5th place finish.

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From Baylor Bears dot com

Equestrian

  • No. 5 Baylor Equestrian (4-2) downed the No. 4 SMU Mustangs (2-1), winning all four events to secure the 13-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Opening with fences, Baylor took a solid 3-1 lead, securing points from Savannah Jenkins, Shannon Hogue, and Alicia Gasser. Rachel Van Allen narrowly missed a point, tying 85-85.

Continuing with horsemanship, the Bears posted a 3-2 event score, with points from Charlotte Green, Aspen Crew, and Kaylee Mellott. Green’s 76 was a meet-high mark and earned her the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors for horsemanship.

After the break, BU posted another 3-2 finish, winning on the flat. Jenkins, Sam Howell, and Van Allen all notched points, with Howell’s 85 earning Baylor its second MOP nod.

Finishing in the Western arena with reining, the Bears put an exclamation point on the contest, taking the event, 4-1.

Green, Ginger Chant, Georgia Smith, and Elizabeth Shank each snagged points for BU, with Smith’s 64.5 earning the freshman the first MOP award of her Baylor career.

Georgia Smith and Charlotte Green each earned their first MOP awards of the season. Sam Howell added a second MOP award on the season, previously taking honors on the flat against South Dakota State on Sep. 30.

Volleyball

Baylor volleyball (18-7, 6-3 Big 12) fell short on the road to the Kansas State Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Big 12), 22-25, 25-21, 13-25, 20-25, Saturday evening at the Ahearn Field House. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The loss snapped a three-match win streak for BU, but extended a stretch of 19 matches where the Bears have taken at least one set in each match.

Redshirt junior Katie Staiger continued to pace the BU offense, posting 22 kills and 13 digs, notching her Big 12-best 13th double-double of the season.

The two teams were square through most of the first set, with BU tying the set at 21-21. The Wildcats ran off a 4-1 run, stealing the first, 25-22.

In the second frame, the Wildcats jumped to an early lead, up 5-0. The Bears clawed back into the set, tying the score at 16-16. KSU looked to be pulling away late, up 21-18, but a 7-0 run, led by Morgan Reed, snagged the second set for BU, tying the match at 1-1.

The third and fourth frames were dominated by KSU, with the Wildcats posting a 92% sideout margin in the third, taking the 25-13 set and 2-1 match lead.

In the fourth, the Bears found themselves in another deep hole, trailing at 20-12. BU managed to rattle off a 7-1 run, pulling to within two at 21-19.

The Wildcats flexed out the home stretch of the fourth though, closing the set and match on a 4-1 run.

“On the road against great teams, you have to respond and react swiftly. The adjustments we made throughout the match just came too late. It forced us to play from behind in most of the sets.” –Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre.

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 – the number of double-doubles posted by Katie Staiger this season, exceeding last year’s team season total of 12. BU players have posted a total of 26 double-doubles this season.

Cross Country

Led by three All-Big 12 performers, the Baylor women’s cross country team placed fifth at the 21st-annual Big 12 Cross Country Championship Saturday. Meanwhile as a team, the BU men were seventh at the Rawls Golf Course. From Baylor Bears dot com.

For the first time in 2016, the Lady Bears were led by Lindsey Bradley, who placed fifth with a time of 20:43.5. Right behind the Washington transfer for BU was Maggie Montoya, who earned her third-straight All-Big 12 honor, taking sixth in a time of 20:45.6. Baylor’s third and final All-Big 12 performer, freshman Anna West grabbed the 15th and final all-conference spot with a time of 21:14.2.

Behind that lead pack, two other freshmen made up BU’s other scoring runners as Gabby Satterlee (22:14.2) and Kathryn Foreman (23:11.6) were 43rd and 67th, respectively.

Those five runners totaled a team score of 126 just two points behind Oklahoma (124) for fourth and three points ahead of Kansas (129).

All five of the Baylor men's scoring runners finished in the top 51 of the 80-person field.

Junior Eric Anderson led the way for the Bears with a 31st-place showing in 26:31.4. Senior Jordan West was the next the runner to cross for BU in 26:41.2 to be 39th. Freshman Devin Meyrer was 41st in a time of 26:45.5. BU’s final two scoring runners, included Sam Sahli (26:50.3) and Matt Parham (26:50.8), who were 46th and 47th.

As a team, the Baylor men tallied 190 points to finish 63 points behind Oklahoma (127) and 27 points ahead of K-State’s 217 point mark.

"It was a disappointing day for us, but three in the top-15 is outstanding. The course was tough. Our ladies ran hard, but Peyton (Thomas) went down at 4K. She was in top 10 and running well and I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if we could have beat Iowa State, but we were running a close second when she went down. Iowa State ran great, so you can take your hats off to them." - head coach Todd Harbour on the women's team.

"I think we fought really hard. It was a tough course and a tough day for us. The whole pack was just a little farther back than they needed to be. We were about 10 points off per person and that would have made a little bit of a difference. I am happy with our effort, but we were hoping to climb up a little bit and it just didn’t happen. I am really proud of Sam (Sahli) for stepping up and running well for us in his first meet of the year." - assistant head coach Jon Capron on the men's team.

Football

No. 8 Baylor fell to Texas by a score of 35-34 on Saturday, as Trent Domingue kicked a 39-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining to hand the Bears their first loss of 2016. From Baylor Bears dot com.

For the second straight season, coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns (4-4, 2-4 Big 12) beat Baylor (6-1, 3-1).

Both of the conference's remaining unbeaten teams lost Saturday, with No. 10 West Virginia going down at Oklahoma State.

D'Onta Foreman rushed for a career best 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns, who scored with 7:03 left on 7-yard pass from Shane Buechele to Andrew Beck to make it 34-32. The Bears stuffed Tyrone Swoopes trying to run for a 2-point conversion.

Seth Russell had 364 yards passing and running and accounted for three touchdowns for Baylor.

Foreman rushed for 100 yards in the first quarter, reaching the 100-yard mark for the ninth straight game. He scored twice in the half, on runs of 37 and 9 yards, and Texas held a 23-21 lead at the break.

The Bears play host to TCU on Saturday.

In this WacoTrib article, Brice Cherry hands out gassers and game balls. From BearsExtra which has links to other WacoTrib stories of the game and photo gallery.

It was a 4 1/2-hour gridiron drama. More like a miniseries, really.

In such a show, leading men and bit players always emerge. Heroes and goats, if you will.

In the Texas Longhorns’ 35-34 crazy upending of No. 8 Baylor on Saturday at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, one zig-zagging plot development followed another. Tradition calls for the football hero to receive a game ball, while those who botch their assignments must run gassers, those commonplace wind sprints designed to deliver a lasting lesson through cardiovascular torture.

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Football News Clippings

Texas jolts No. 8 Baylor on Trent Domingue FG - UPI.com: AUSTIN, Texas -- You could almost hear the wind whipping across the field inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Bohls: Texas overcame Baylor, poor play-calling — and Strong will gladly take it | Hookem.com: For the second time this season, resilient Texas knocked off a Top 10 team at home, this time eighth-ranked Baylor, to put the first dent in the unbeaten Bears’ season. That’s pretty impressive, no matter how bad Notre Dame has turned out.

Baylor vs. Texas: Score and Twitter Reaction | Bleacher Report: Texas received a huge performance from junior running back D'Onta Foreman, who rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. His brother, junior wide receiver Armanti Foreman, added 142 receiving yards and one touchdown, including a huge grab on the Longhorns' game-winning field-goal drive.

Texas rallies to beat Baylor, handing the Bears their first loss: Trent Domingue kicked a 39-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining to lift the Longhorns. "He was walking the sidelines saying, ‘Give me one chance, give me one chance,’" Texas coach Charlie Strong said. "You just knew he was gonna hit that."

Texas upsets Baylor: Big 12's playoff hopes suffer | SI.com: The Big 12's College Football Playoff hopes took another hit Saturday when No. 8 Baylor was upset by Texas, 35-34.

Fans chant Charlie Strong’s name after Texas ends Baylor’s undefeated 2016 - SBNation.com: The Longhorns got a win they needed, and Baylor’s unbeaten year is no more.

UT upsets eighth-ranked Baylor - Houston Chronicle: [...] when Trent Domingue's 39-yard field goal sailed through the uprights and gave UT a 35-34 victory over the No. 8 Bears, a vindicated Strong was standing, and so were the walls and the football team around him. D'Onta Foreman, the relentlessly rugged tailback who became the first UT player in nine years to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, chewed up 24 yards on the final drive, and his brother hauled in an acrobatic, tightrope-dancing catch of a 38-yard pass from Shane Buechele down the left sideline. [...] that moment with 46 seconds left, Domingue's season was most notable for its blocked extra points and untimely misses. [...] afterward, he sounded more excited for his twin brother than he was about his continued assault on UT's record books. Saturday's victory over Baylor (6-1, 3-1) marked the second year in a row the Longhorns have upset the Bears, and this one ended with UT athletic director Mike Perrin walking off the field chanting "Char-lie!" with the student section. With Buechele throwing for 291 yards and Strong's defense - which gave up 624 total yards - able to make a crucial stop to set up UT's game-winning drive, there will be fewer bullets in the short term.

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Feature Stories on Seth Russell

In 33 years with the fire department, Ronald Russell had extracted people with neck injuries from vehicles, only to never see them walk again. Some of them "never walked away, period."

So, when he saw the X-rays of his then 21-year-old son that showed a fractured neck, "it definitely humbled me."

"Just because of how everything was offset," his immediate thought was a deep concern for his son's health and future.

"But to go through it with no residuals and everything back in its proper place -- the ligaments, everything, back like it was -- it even stymies me today. It was just all miraculous, to stay the least," said Ronald, the father of Baylor senior quarterback Seth Russell.

Like a wild horse cramped by the confines of a corral, Seth Russell wanted to break loose and run free. Following surgery to repair his fractured neck last October, he spent just one night in the hospital before retreating to a hotel room in Morgantown, W. Va., to begin his recovery. Ronald Russell, his dad, said he "felt good, wanted to be released . . . . but that was probably the pain meds talking."

"Everybody thinks he's still in traction and all that stuff, but he was really beginning to feel a little bit better," Ronald said. "Of course, it takes about 48 hours for all the pain medicine to wear off. That's when he kind of hit that wall a little bit."

At every turn, any setback, the Baylor quarterback kept pushing through those walls, more determined than ever to get back on the field with his team. Within weeks of the surgery, he was pestering the doctors with "When can I play? When can I throw?"

Dr. Joshua Russell, Seth's older brother and an orthopedic surgeon at WVU Medicine, called Ronald and said, "Dad, Seth is wearing me out. I'm telling him, and y'all need to tell him, too, he cannot do that right now."

Sheepishly, Seth admits that he was "trying to do it by the book . . . and possibly trying to do a little more."

"That's just the itch that every athlete has when they have an injury," he said. "They want to get back. But I knew that with my injury if it didn't heal back properly, there was a chance of it never being the same again. So, I took it as life and death, basically. Not that I was going to die, but if you try to come back too quickly, you might not be able to play again."