TTU Football 102922

The Baylor Bears came into the Jones and ended Texas Tech’s home winning streak winning 45-17. The Red Raiders threw 5 interceptions from 3 different quarterbacks. Tech drops to 4-4 on the season, 2-3 in conference play.

Offensively it was a struggle for the Red Raiders in the first half. Baylor dominated in time of possession owning 22 minutes and 21 seconds of the first two quarters. The Red Raiders lone scoring drive covered 48 yards on 6 plays, and was capped off with a 33 yard field goal booted by Trey Wolff. The Bears took the air out of the stadium on their final drive of the half. Already up 10-3 Baylor took over after Tech’s 2nd punt at their own 26 yard line. 10 plays later with 13 seconds left in the half, a 2 yard Richard Reese rushing touchdown on 3rd and goal would push the score to 17-3. The Red Raiders 5 drives to start the game ended in downs, and interception, punt, field goal, and another punt.

The second half started with more of the same. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter Behren Morton would be sacked, losing 7 yards. Now 2nd and 17, Morton would throw his second interception of the night. Baylor would turn the pick into 7 points after a 9 yard touchdown pass from Blake Shapen to Hal Presley. Staring down a 24-3 barrel the Red Raiders finally found their first feeling of momentum.

With 11:09 left in the third quarter the Red Raiders would churn out a 15 play drive that covered 75 yards of the field. The first touchdown drive of the nigh also saw four 3rd down attempts converted, including a 3rd and 10 completion to Brady Boyd that gained 12 yards. When it was all said and down it was a 1 yard touchdown pass from Morton to Henry Teeter that cut the score to 24-10.

Texas Tech wasn’t done scoring in the quarter. After a fumble recovery by Rayshad Williams on the next Baylor drive, Tech would start from their own 40. Eight plays later Offensive Coordinator Zach Kittley’s offense was faced with a 4th and 7 from the eight yard line. Morton would elude pressure, and scramble through the middle of the offensive line, scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season. Starting the 4th quarter the scoreboard read Baylor 24 Texas Tech 17.

The Bears would extend their lead back to two scores on the following possession. In a similar fashion their touchdown drive would see 3 third down conversion attempts succeed, Richard Reese bookending the drive with his third rushing touchdown of the night.

Down 31 to 17 Tech would throw three more interceptions on back to back to back drives. The first would be thrown by Donovan Smith, the second by Morton, his third of the night, and the third a pick 6 thrown by Tyler Though on his first pass attempt since Murray State. Morton’s interception came in the end zone with JJ Sparkman and Tevin Williams III fighting for the ball. After a review the interception was upheld. After Shough’s interception that was returned for a touchdown the Bears lead 38-17. The Bears would score one more time before the clock hit zero, winning the game 45-17.

Texas Tech takes on the 7th ranked TCU Horn Frogs in a road contest next Saturday for Big Noon Kickoff. Hear the game on Double T 97-3.