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Texas Tech 45, Baylor 24

October 6, 1996

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Byron Hanspard rushed for 287 yards, the most ever by a Texas Tech back and a Baylor opponent, as the Red Raiders outscored the Bears 45-24 Saturday night.

In his fifth straight 200-yard game this season, Hanspard broke the record of 272 rushing yards he set against Oklahoma State last month. He’s averaging 222.4 yards a game, second in the nation.

Baylor (3-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12), largely untested by a weak non-conference schedule, was utterly unable to stop the Red Raiders. Texas Tech amassed 624 yards, whith Hanspard getting support from quarterback Zebbie Lethridge, who passed for 142 yards and ran for 57.

Texas Tech (3-2, 2-1) had a 17-0 lead reduced to 17-10 when it scored twice in eight seconds to put the game away.

Lethridge drove Tech to the end zone in 1:47, throwing 22 yards to Field Scovell for the touchdown that made it 24-10. On the ensuing possession, Baylor opted to throw rather than run out the clock, a decision that backfired when Jody Brown blitzed and caused quarterback Jermaine Alfred to fumble. Linebacker Montae Reagor picked up the loose ball and ran 21 yards for the touchdown that gave Tech a 31-10 halftime lead.

Hanspard accounted for all 94 yards of Tech’s opening drive, which he capped with a 51-yard touchdown sprint around the right side.

Fullback Sammy Morris ran 13 yards for a TD and Jaret Greaser kicked a field goal to give Tech a 17-0 lead.

Baylor cut the deficit to a touchdown with a field goal and Alfred’s 18-yard pass to Pearce Pegross.

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