Baylor versus Texas Tech has had a history in recent years of lighting up the scoreboard. This year was no exception. The two teams combined for 1241 yards of total offense and 59 first downs. But it was Baylor's defense that was the most opportunistic- forcing four turnovers and coming up with a huge 4th down stop in overtime.
Baylor held on for the 52-45 victory securing their third straight season of bowl eligibility. And also continuing a recent trend of very good play after November 1st. Baylor is 9-1 in their last 10 games after November- showing the results of an outstanding strength and conditioning program.
The game against Texas Tech had plenty of drama. Baylor did not turn the ball over once which is excellent. However, they had multiple bad snaps which hindered some drives. And they missed 3 field goals inside 50 yards. Aaron Jones ended up 1-4 on the day for the Bears. He did make a very important kick late in the 4th quarter to tie the game. But after Eddie Lackey's 2nd interception of the day, he missed a 48 yarder that would have sealed the win for the Bears in regulation.
The Bears defense was good enough on this afternoon. After falling behind 21-7 with the Baylor offense breaking down in the redzone, the Bears defense rose to the occasion. Sam Holl intercepted Doege to stop one Texas Tech drive. And then Eddie Lackey recovered a fumble inside the 10 yard line to stop another drive. The key drive in the game for Baylor's chances to win this game happened with 1:33 on the clock.
Florence rushed up the middle for a 13 yard gain. He then passed to Terrance Williams for a 9 yard gain. Followed by a 13 yard pass to Tevin Reese and a 10 yard pass to Lanear Sampson. With less than 30 seconds left, Florence completed a 9 yard pass to Levi Norwood. On 3rd and 1 with Texas Tech expecting a run to set up a FG attempt, Baylor burned the Red Raider secondary deep with a 39 yard touchdown pass to Levi Norwood. It looked like a blown assignment as Norwood was wide open. That play gave the Bears huge momentum for the 2nd half.
Terrance Williams was his normal outstanding self- catching 7 passes for 175 yards including a touchdown. Lanear Sampson also made some big catches- 5 receptions for 92 yards. Baylor squeezed off 94 snaps- and as usual was around 60/40 run/pass in their distribution. They ran 57 times for 277 yards- including 3 rushing touchdowns. Seastrunk ran for 137 yards on 19 carries. Martin gained 98 yards on 22 carries but 2 of those were touchdowns.
Nick was steady in his management of the game. He ended the day passing for 397 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown. He prevented several drives from turning into disasters by recovering fumbles and making smart decisions.
The player of the game for Baylor on defense was Eddie Lackey. He had many big tackles; two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He turned the game's scoreboard in the 4th quarter by intercepting a Seth Doege pass and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown. This gave Baylor its first lead at 35-31.
Great win for the Baylor program as they continue to build and prove that the program is more than their sensational phenom- Robert Griffin III.