The Baylor Bears started out Big 12 play this year where they left off last season by blowing out their opponents. The Bears exploded for 49 first half points on their way to scoring 63 for the entire game. Texas Tech coming off a last second loss to TCU looked like they never found their full rhythm as they never held the lead in this game. This game showed that Baylor has the firepower and defense to defend their Big 12 title this season.
|3rd Down Eff||8-18||11-16|
|4th Down Eff||2-5||0-1|
|Yds Per Pass||8.2||13.0|
|Yds Per Rush||4.4||7.1|
KEY POINT IN THE GAME
DeAndre Washington’s second quarter fumble took the winds out of the Red Raiders sails. After recovering the fumble Baylor was able to drive 59 yards on three plays for a touchdown that would put them ahead 35-14, from that point the Bears never looked back and Texas Tech never really seemed to threaten.
POSITIVES FOR TEXAS TECH
Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech fans should be happy that their sophomore quarterback looked to be almost 100% against Baylor and didn’t take any unnecessary hits during the game. In order for Tech to win enough games to be bowl eligible they’ll need Mahomes to remain as healthy as possible. Mahomes finished the day early with 32 of 50 passing for 415 yards including three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Second Half Defense – In years past Texas Tech has been unable to make meaningful halftime adjustments on defense to slow opponents down. After giving up 49 points in the first half the Red Raider defense limited Baylor to 14 second half points. In their first three games Baylor’s offense was averaging 29 points in each of the second half. Texas Tech’s defense is giving up an average of 30 points in the first half this season while only giving up 11 points in the second half. Those kinds of second half adjustments will continue to pay dividends for the Red Raiders later in the season.
NEGATIVES FOR TEXAS TECH
Mistakes…They’re Back – Texas Tech turned the ball over four times with two of those turnovers resulting in 14 points. The Red Raiders also saw a jump in the number of dropped balls that had seemed to subside in the last few games. Their issues with penalties also came back with a vengeance as Tech piled up 17 penalties for a massive 142 yards. Against a team like Baylor you simply cannot afford to make the kinds of mistakes that Tech made and hope to survive.
First Half Defense – It’s hard to give up 30 points in the first half of each game and win consistently. It’s fair to say that the sample size has been skewed by the fact that in the last two weeks Texas Tech’s defense has had to face two of the top scoring offenses in all of FBS. Going forward the Red Raiders defense will have to limit opponents to fewer points in the first half so the offense doesn’t feel the need to score on almost every drive.
POSITIVES FOR BAYLOR
Offense – The Baylor offense did exactly what they wanted throughout the entire first half. The Bears were able to impose their will on the ground where they piled up 368 yards as well as through the air by amassing 312 yards. The Bears offense scored every way conceivable against Texas Tech. Baylor’s offensive balance will serve them well throughout the rest of this season.
Turnover Margin – The Baylor defense took advantage of a couple of bad passes from Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes to pull in two interceptions. More importantly they did a great job of stripping the ball from Tech on two occasions where it looked like the Red Raiders might start to build momentum. The kind of opportunistic defense that the Bears played today will need to continue throughout the rest of Big 12 play.
NEGATIVES FOR BAYLOR
Yards and Yards – Texas Tech was able to pile up 636 yards and 27 first downs against the Bears defense. The turnovers and dropped passes on Tech’s part made this game look better for the Baylor defense. They’re offense can play with anyone in the country the question is can their defense stop teams like Oklahoma and TCU that have better depth and talent than Tech on offense.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Shock Linwood – Linwood ran for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for an 11.1 yard average. Simply put Texas Tech did not have answer for Linwood when he had the ball in his hands. Baylor’s offensive line was able to open up big holes and in the blink of an eye Linwood would find himself in the secondary eating up chunks of yardage. Linwood showed why he’s one of the Big 12’s best backs.
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech and their fans should be proud of the way the Red Raiders played in their last three games. Having faced the toughest stretch of their season the Red Raiders can focus on getting the wins necessary to become bowl eligible. This shouldn’t have been an unexpected outcome for the Red Raiders and they should move past it quickly. They’re next two games should provide them with an opportunity for easy wins. Part of getting back to being the program that Tech was in the early 2000’s involves winning games that they’re supposed to and playing Iowa State at home and Kansas on the road are game the Red Raiders are supposed to win.
WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR BAYLOR
Baylor did what they were supposed to do against a clearly over matched and tired Texas Tech team. Next weekend the Bears head to Kansas to play a Jayhawks team that should provide a nice warmup before Baylor welcomes West Virginia to Waco in a highly anticipated rematch from last season. The Bears are a top five team and they showed that in this game.
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
If you missed the game here’s a quick synopsis.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 4, 2015
Tech’s LeRaven Clark introduced himself to Baylor’s Shawn Oakman on Saturday.
Shawn Oakman might be the most visually intimidating player in the Big 12. On this play he got decleated. pic.twitter.com/5Av1XgzJqB
— Kyle Lang (@sports_kylelang) October 4, 2015
This wasn’t even Linwood’s most impressive run of the first half…beast mode.
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) October 3, 2015
One more for Shawn Oakman dude claimed to be standard of defensive ends in the Big 12. Didn’t see him impacting the game much and on this play Mahomes got him to bite pretty hard on the pump fake.
— Kyle Lang (@sports_kylelang) October 4, 2015