While You Were Watching Conference Championship Games, This Baylor-Texas Brawl Happened (Videos)
On Saturday, while teams from the SEC, ACC, and Big Ten battled it out for spots in the four-team College Football Playoff, Baylor and Texas played in the relatively meaningless Big 12 regular season finale.
Sure, there was something at stake. Namely, if Baylor had won, it would have salvaged their season and sent them to the Sugar Bowl to play Ole Miss. But that’s still just a consolation prize. After losing to Oklahoma on November 14 and TCU on November 27, Baylor’s shot at a CFP berth was gone. And Texas? Well, Texas came in to the regular season finale with a record of 4-7. So if you decided to save yourself for Alabama-Florida or Clemson-North Carolina, it’s pretty understandable.
That said, if you didn’t watch this one, you missed out on a pretty heated little scuffle at the end of the fourth quarter. After Baylor lost their third-string QB to injury, fourth-stringer Lynx Hawthorne (awesome name) took over and promptly…threw a long interception. However, he made up for it by tackling the Longhorns back himself. And he took the guy down pretty hard, too. So Texas’ PJ Locke gave Hawthorne a shove in the back. Then Texas’ Kevin Vaccaro “accidentally” fell on top of Hawthorne. And then everybody on the Bears bench came running over to defend what we can only assume was the only quarterback left on their roster.
Take a look:
As you can see, for about 10 seconds, this guy was totally ready to throw down:
But of course it didn’t come to that, and no actual punches were thrown—a fact about which Baylor coach Art Briles actually sounded disappointed:
Briles on the fight: “That’s nothing. That was a fight in a mall, I’ve been in an alley.”
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 5, 2015
Of course, Lynx Hawthorne did his best, but Baylor wound up losing. So now, instead of the Sugar Bowl, they get to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Hat Tip – [FTW]