Defense was the story of the first half, and the first touchdown of the game wasn’t scored until the beginning of the third quarter by Baylor.
The Texas Tech defense picked up where they left off against Oklahoma State by continuing to create turnovers. They picked off Charlie Brewer three times for the quarterback’s first three picks on the season, and did not allow a passing touchdown. However, that wasn’t enough though as Brewer still threw for 352 yards, and put the Bears on his back by rushing for three of Baylor’s four touchdowns. Brewer made plays in big moments and led the Bears on a 99-yard drive late in the fourth that would end in a game tying field goal to force overtime.
Baylor had a narrow lead through most of the second half at 17-13, as both offenses struggled to score. That was until SaRodorick Thompson broke a 30-yard touchdown run to give the Red Raiders the lead with just 1:37 left in the game.
Down three with time running out, Brewer put the Bears on his back and marched down the field to setup a 19-yard chip shot for John Mayers to send the game to overtime.
On Baylor’s second play of overtime, the center botched the snap and it appeared that Texas Tech had a clear recovery. It was disaster for the Bears as all the Red Raiders would have to do is kick a field goal to win the game… Except for one thing. As Texas Tech came up with the ball, there was a little yellow flag sitting on the field that would bail the Bears out.
The play was determined as a false start by the center, which was ruled as an illegal snap.
After watching the replay, it was clear there was no false start, and the center had just mishandled the snap. It’s a bad call that surely leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Red Raider Nation. Bad calls happen though. It’s an unfortunate part of the game. Baylor would go on to score two plays later on a Brewer sneak.
The Red Raiders responded on their first possession of overtime with a beautiful 2-yard touchdown catch by TJ Vasher from Jet Duffey.
Duffey’s play was up and down as he stands in for the injured Alan Bowman. He completed 31 of his 42 passes for 362 yards and a touchdown. That’s a solid performance, except for two of those incomplete passes were technically caught by Jordan Williams and Clay Johnston…of Baylor. The first interception put Baylor in scoring position, while the second came as Texas Tech was in the red zone and kept them from getting much-needed points. Given the narrow margin of this game, those were costly mistakes.
The second overtime ended the game. Baylor held Texas Tech to a field goal, and then secured the victory with a 5-yard run by JaMycal Hasty to win 33-30.
Texas Tech has struggled on the road this year but they showed great improvement against Baylor. The defense is creating turnovers and the offense is more explosive through the air and they can run the ball when they want to. Tech drops to 3-3 on the year and return to Lubbock next week to face Iowa State. The harder part of their schedule is over and aside from Texas, Texas Tech has looked capable of beating every team remaining on their schedule.
Meanwhile, the Bears are a well coached team with exceptional athletes and a tough quarterback that isn’t afraid to get his shoulder pads dirty. The Bears move on the 6-0 and look to make some noise in the Big 12. Baylor hosts both Oklahoma and Texas this year and Matt Rhule has them on the rise to compete with the big dogs in the conference in only his third year as the Bears’ head coach.