#5 Baylor Outguns Texas Tech 63-35 in Big 12 Shootout

Published: Oct 03, 2015 20:54pm EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 03, 2015 @ 08:54pm EDT


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(ARLINGTON, TX) — Baylor Bear junior quarterback Seth Russell had another stellar performance as he went 15-23 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns while Shock Linwood set a career high with 221 yards rushing and two scores as No. 5 Baylor cruised to a 63-35 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Linwood's 221 yards rushing fell short of the school record of 250 yards set by Jay Finley in 2010.

"I just give the credit to the O-line", Linwood stated after the game. "Whenever a play is called we just execute it pretty good. Whenever I hit the scene, I just got to hit the burners and go forward."

The Bears (4-0, 1-0) piled up 680 yards total offense including 368 pounded out on the ground in this, their Big 12 opener. Corey Coleman added seven catches for 110 yards and an AT&T stadium record (for a college player) 3 touchdowns to give him 11 touchdowns on only 24 receptions for the season.

Baylor Coach Art Briles couldn't help but be pleased in discussing the game afterwards, "This was the best team win we've had this year", said Briles. "The difference in this game was defense and special teams", Briles continued.

The Bears got off to a quick start as just over a minute into the game Linwood barrelled up the middle and broke away for a 79-yard touchdown to give them an early 7-0 lead. While the Red Raiders quickly came back to tie it up on a 55 yard pass and catch from Patrick Mahomes to Zach Austin just over a minute later, this was Baylor's game from the outset as they amassed 333 yards in the 1st quarter while getting out to a 28-14 lead.

Texas Tech Coach Kliif Kingsbury credited Baylor for their quick start and overall team game in defeat. "We just kept playing hard. We just never got over the hump." Kingsbury said afterwards. "And they're very good. They controlled the ball in the second half when they wanted to and so (we) never really got over that hump" Kingbury continued. "You got to give them credit, they did a good job defensively of creating turnovers and putting us in a hole."

Next up for #5 Baylor, the Bears open up their road schedule as they head to Lawrence to face a winless Big 12 foe in the Kansas Jayhawks (0-4, 0-1) while Texas Tech heads home to Lubbock to face off against the Iowa State Cylones (2-2, 1-0).


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