Baylor 28, Texas Tech 26
WACO, Texas (AP) _ Tailback John Henry scored two fourth quarter touchdowns and defensive end Lamone Alexander produced a critical turnover Saturday as the Baylor Bears outlasted the Texas Tech Red Raiders 28-26 in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.
Baylor improved to 3-1 for the season while Tech dropped to 1-3 in a game played in 90-degree heat before 32,690 fans in Floyd Casey Stadium.
Henry scored on runs of three and four yards, the latter being the game- winner with 9:14 to play.
Tech quarterback Robert Hall, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, took Tech to the Bears’ 18-yard line with Baylor clinging to the two-point lead.
On second-and-11, Hall was hit from behind by Alexander, the ball popped free, and Baylor’s Charles Horton recovered with 5:38 left. The Bears then ran out the clock.
A 44-yard scoring run by the Raiders’ Byron Morris, who had 174 yards on 23 carries, and a 21-yard field goal by John Davis gave Tech a 26-14 lead.
But Baylor rallied with the two touchdowns by Henry. The last one was set up when Loyd Hill fumbled at the end of a 45-yard pass and Chris Lewis recovered. A 24-yard pass from J.J. Joe to Ben Bronson positioned Baylor for the winning score.
The SWC’s most explosive offensive teams had trouble finding the end zone in the first half. The Raiders went ahead 6-0 on a 19-yard scoring pass from Hall to sophomore tight end Jerod Fiebiger, who made the first catch of his career. Tech made it 9-0 on a 22-yard field goal by John Davis.
The Red Raiders were driving again, but running back Alton Crain fumbled to Malcom Hamilton at the Baylor 36.
The Bears then played beat the clock as they drove 64 yards in six plays, with the payoff coming on Joe’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Bronson. Hall hit Roger Corn on a 3-yard scoring pass in the third period, but Joe responded with a 44-yard scoring strike to Bronson.