Baylor vs. Texas Tech Recap

Baylor vs. Texas Tech
Photo credit: Matthew Putney-Associated Press

For the second week in a row, the Bears (1-5, 1-5) were within one score of victory against their conference opponent, but couldn’t earn the win. Last week saw an exciting almost fourth quarter comeback/upset against No. 17 Iowa State and the end of this week’s Baylor vs. Texas Tech (3-5, 2-5) matchup felt similar as the game came to a close. However, the Bears had a better start on Saturday as they opened a lead for most of the game and showed some promise on both ends of the ball. Unfortunately the lack of production on offense held Baylor back and the Red Raiders (hate this racist mascot) came back and earned the victory on a last second field goal. Senior QB Brewer completed 17 of 26 passing attempts for 153 yards and 1 interception and carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards and 1 TD. Baylor lost the penalty game for once and collected 6 for 42 yards and recorded 360 total yards.

Baylor got the ball first and Brewer and redshirt freshman RB Qualan Jones were the leading rushers. Brewer completed an 8-yard pass to freshman TE Drake Dabney before Jones rushed for 20 yards on 3 carries and Brewer ran 2 yards on a single carry. Junior RB Trestan Ebner caught a 4-yard pass, but couldn’t convert a 4th and 1 on Tech’s 41, so the R*d R*iders got the ball deep into their own territory. Despite their excellent field position to start, Tech only scored on a 48-yard field goal to make the score 3-0. Brewer threw a 13-yard pass to junior WR R.J. Sneed and Jones rushed for 7 yards on 2 carries, but Brewer’s 3rd down pass was incomplete, so the Bears punted the ball to Tech who returned the punt after their next unsuccessful series. Junior WR Josh Fleeks ran for 12 yards and caught a 1-yard pass before Sneed snagged an 8-yarder and Jones rushed 2 yards. After the Bears and Tech each took a timeout, Fleeks ran for 3 yards, Brewer threw an incomplete pass to Sneed, and was sacked for a loss of 6 yards to force a Baylor punt. Tech only gained 7 yards on 2 downs until QB Alan Bowman’s pass was intercepted and taken to the house by junior S/LB Jalen Pitre for his second pick six in two weeks. Pitre added a QB hurry on Tech’s next series, closing the first quarter at 7-3.

Jones rushed for 8 yards on 3 carries and caught a 5-yard pass for a 1st down. Redshirt freshman RB Jonah White added a 3-yard rush and a Tech facemask penalty gave Baylor an added 15 yards and another 1st down. Brewer threw 2 incomplete passes sandwiching Jones’ 14-yard rush and freshman RB Taye McWilliams’ 3-yard run. Brewer rushed for 8-yards and Jones had 5 yards on 2 carries, but the Bears had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by sophomore K John Mayers, making the score 10-3. The defense showed up and held Tech to a field goal of their own before Brewer and co. took the field again. Brewer rushed for 1 yard and threw passes of 2, 24, and 5 yards to Jones, Sneed, and sophomore WR Gavin Holmes, respectively, but Mayers had to kick another field goal, this one for 48 yards, before the first half ended and the score became 13-6.

A Tech RB fumbled the ball on the first drive, which sophomore LB Dillon Doyle recovered at the R*d R*iders’ 34. Jones rushed for 14 yards on 4 carries and Brewer threw a 16-yard bullet to Holmes before the QB ran the ball in on a keeper and scored, 20-6. Redshirt freshman DE Garmon Randolph sacked QB Henri Colombi for a loss of 2 yards on 3rd and 8, forcing the Tech punt. When the Bears got the ball back, Brewer’s first pass was intercepted and returned 20 yards to set up the Tech score, but sophomore DT Josh Landry blocked the extra point, making the score 20-12. McWilliams rushed for 3 yards and Brewer added 28 yards on 2 carries, but Jones lost 1 yard and Brewer threw an incomplete pass, so Baylor had to punt once again before Tech returned the punt on their series. In their last scoring drive of the game, Brewer rushed for 10 yards and threw 4 and 14-yard passes to Holmes and Dabney prior to an incomplete pass. Jones ran for 17 yards on 3 carries and Brewer had 20 yards on 3 carries, but the Bears got a penalty on 4th and 1, Mayers nailed a 23-yard field goal to add to the score, 23-12, and finish the third quarter.

Tech’s first series of the quarter ended with a punt and White ran for a loss of 4 yards before Brewer hit Dabney and junior TE Christoph Henle for 3 and 4 yards, but the Bears had another 3-and-out. Tech scored on their next drive, decreasing the Baylor lead to 23-18. McWilliams and Brewer each ran for 4 yards, but a Baylor holding penalty cancelled out both advancements downfield. Brewer responded to the loss by hitting Holmes on a 25-yard pass (his longest of the game) and rushed for 8 yards, but another holding penalty cost 10 more yards. Brewer completed a 4-yard pass to McWilliams and was sacked for a loss of 2 yards in the subsequent down, forcing a Baylor punt, which Tech turned into a TD, making the score 23-21. McWilliams rushed for 19 yards on 2 carries, Brewer connected with Sneed on a 13-yard catch, and Brewer rushed for 1 yard before throwing an incomplete pass and giving the ball back to the R*d R*iders with 2:14 left in the game and a 2 point lead. Tech moved the ball 79 yards in 12 plays and scored a field goal in the last second to seal the comeback and win the game 24-23.

6 Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts including Jones (21 carries for 86 yards), Brewer (16 carries for 76 yards and 1 TD), McWilliams (6 carries for 31 yards), Fleeks (2 carries for 15 yards), Ebner (1 carry for 0 yards), and White (2 carries for a loss of 1 yard). 8 received passes including Sneed (4 catches for 58 yards), Holmes (4 catches for 50 yards), Dabney (3 catches for 25 yards), Jones (2 catches for 7 yards), Ebner (1 catch for 4 yards), McWilliams (1 catch for 4 yards), Henle (1 catch for 4 yards), and Fleeks (1 catch for 1 yard). Baylor’s defense increased their productivity this week, amassing 69 tackles with 6 for a loss of 30 yards (junior LB Abram Smith, Doyle, Pitre, senior LB William Bradley-King, junior LB Ashton Logan, sophomore DT Cole Maxwell, Randolph), 2 sacks for a loss of 8 yards (Bradley-King, Randolph), 1 fumble recovery (Doyle), 1 interception returned 26 yards and 1 TD (Pitre), 1 pass breakup (junior S Christian Morgan), 1 blocked kick (Landry), and 1 QB hurry (Pitre).

Baylor will face Kansas State (4-3, 4-2) in Waco on November 28.