Texas Tech 36, Baylor 17
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Byron Morris made up for two turnovers inside Baylor’s 2-yard line by running for two touchdowns Saturday night to pace Texas Tech to a 36-17 Southwest Conference victory over the Bears.
Morris, who finished with 157 yards on 32 carries and touchdown runs of 1 and 14 yards, was a blessing and a curse for the Raiders in the first half.
Late in the first quarter, Morris took a pitch from Robert Hall on third- and-goal at the Baylor 2 and threw a pass to Bruce Hill that was intercepted in the end zone by Chris Lewis.
Morris also fumbled into the end zone on second-and-goal from the Baylor 2 midway through the second quarter, with Raynor Finley recovering.
The Raiders also had second-and-goal from the Baylor 5, but Hall was sacked by Shawn Cravens at the 14 and Jon Davis missed a 31-yard field goal attempt two minutes before halftime.
Tech (2-2 overall, 1-0 Southwest Conference) seized the momentum early in the second half on Hill’s diving, finger-tip catch of a 7-yard pass from Hall and field goals of 27 and 38 yards by Davis. The scores gave the Raiders a 27-10 lead with 5:56 left in the third quarter.
Baylor (1-3, 0-1) resorted to a wide-open pass attack in the fourth quarter, which set up a 2-yard touchdown run by J.J. Joe with 10:07 to play and narrowed Tech’s lead to 27-17.
But the Bears didn’t threaten down the stretch. Baylor’s other scores came on 13-yard touchdown run by Robert Strait on the Bears’ first possession and a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter by Trey Weir.
Tech’s Tracy Saul returned a punt 54 yards to Baylor’s 6, and three plays later Hall hit Derrell Mitchell with a 6-yard touchdown pass, giving the Raiders a 34-17 lead. Shawn Banks sacked Joe for a safety with 3:25 left to round out the scoring.
Hall completed 17 of 27 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns without an interception as the Raiders rolled up 528 yards of offense. Hall consistently found Mitchell, who had six catches for 126 yards, and Lloyd Hill, who had nine grabs for 90 yards.
Baylor, which had been averaging 30 yards per pass reception heading into the game, amassed 305 yards of offense, but repeatedly hurt itself with penalties on key plays. The Bears were flagged nine times in the first quarter alone and finished with 11 penalties for 84 yards.
Joe, unable to find a rhythm, completed but nine of 25 passes for 157 yards with two interceptions.