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Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2002 5:11 PM EST
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(4) Texas 41, Baylor 0
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AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Chris Simms had another big day, passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns as fourth-ranked Texas manhandled Baylor, 41-0, in a Big 12 Conference matchup.

Texas (9-1, 5-1 Big 12 South) nine wins for a school-record fifth straight year and extended its home winning streak to 18 games.

Simms, who threw for a career-high 419 yards last week against Nebraska, wasted little time, completing a 73-yard TD pass to Roy Williams down the middle just 24 seconds into the contest.

"Baylor's halftime scores against their opponents were close and tight, so we wanted to jump out early and try to discourage them by not letting them get excited," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We did a good job of that when we scored on the second play of the game, and that set the tempo."

The lefthander added a five-yard pass to B.J. Johnson with 2:59 to play in the quarter and a 15-yard toss to Tony Jeffery with 7:09 to go in the half. Cedric Benson scored on a 10-yard run with 4:09 left that gave the Longhorns a 31-0 advantage into the break.

After Dusty Magnum connected on a 25-yard field goal 5:04 into the third quarter, the Longhorns completed the scoring with a 13-yard run by Selvin Young with 8:20 to play in the fourth quarter.

Simms, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 18-of-23 with one interception and Williams caught eight passes for 172 yards for the Longhorns, who are fourth in the BCS standings.

"I just tried to treat it like every other game," Simms said. "I was trying to stay in a good rhythm and keep the offense in a positive state of mind. It was a good day for us and we were just playing to win."

Aaron Karas was 11-of-22 for just 86 yards and two interceptions for Baylor (3-7, 1-5), which was playing its first game since firing coach Kevin Steele, effective at the end of the season, on Sunday.

"We had a rough week last week," Karas said. "The practice atmosphere was definitely different, but we can't focus on that, especially when we come out and play in front of 80,000 fans. Our practices didn't have the same intensity and if we come out playing flat, we shouldn't even be out there playing this sport."

Since ending a 29-game conference losing streak with a victory over Kansas on October 5, the Bears have been outscored, 222-21.

Baylor was outgained, 450-127, and shut out for the fourth time this season. It was the second-lowest yardage allowed by the Longhorns since 1990.

Young rushed for 98 yards and Benson 64 for the Longhorns, who outrushed the Bears, 180-41.

"We were up against a well-coached team and we cannot expect to not have turnovers," said Steele, whose squad also lost one fumble. "We weren't moving the ball and that's sometimes worse than having a bunch of turnovers."

Texas improved to 66-22-4 all time against Baylor, which has been outscored by the Longhorns, 230-44, in the teams' last five meetings.

"We were concerned after our tough five-week run to play a team whose coach had just been released because we were not sure how their players would respond," Brown said. "Give credit to our defense for stopping their running game and giving our offense a chance to stay on the field. We stepped up and played well without any major injuries, and some players got a lot of experience."

The Longhorns recorded their third shutout of the season for the first time since 1982.

"Our team tried hard and gave great effort, but we were up against the No. 4 team," Karas said. "The intensity for our next game, against Oklahoma, is going to be the same. We are going to go out there and fight hard again, and try to pull out a win."


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