Baylor loses 5th straight, falls 54-35 to Texas Tech

Published: Nov 25, 2016 23:39pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 25, 2016 @ 11:39pm EST

 

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Tech junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 586 yards and matched his career high with six touchdown passes, including three on one-play drives before halftime, as Texas Tech finished their season.

In what might have been his last game for the Red Raiders (5-7, 3-6 Big 12), Mahomes completed 30 of 46 passes to became only the third FBS player with multiple seasons of 5,000 total yards. Mahomes now ownes the top two single game passing performances in AT&T Stadium history, having previously thrown for 598 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. The dual-threat junior and national passing leader at 421 yards a game hasn't said if he will return for his senior season or go into the NFL draft early.

"He came out sharp." said Red Raider coach Kliff Kingsbury, "He's a huge Cowboy fan so every year we played here, he seems to put on a show and loves playing in this arena and he got us going early and stayed hot and protected the ball well and, you know and make throws like that, he's hard to beat".

Terence Williams ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Zach Smith was 30-of-46 passing for 377 yards with three touchdowns in his second start, but it was not enough as Baylor fell to Texas Tech 54-34, on Friday night.

"I did feel like we were just to sloppy ad undiscliplined to win" Baylor's interim head coach Jim Grobe stated after the game. "We really should not be in a situation where we're having to go for everything on fourth down to keep drives alive" Grobe continued. Baylor went four for nine on fourth downs.

Baylor (6-5, 3-5) has lost five in a row since starting 6-0 to get bowl eligible and reaching No. 8 in the AP poll.

The two teams combined for 1,300 total yards (666 for the Red Raiders, 634 for the Bears).

Texas Tech led 34-7 midway through the second quarter after Mahomes' 80-yard pass to Keke Coutee, who finished with eight catches for 221 yards. Coutee made the catch near midfield and spun away from the grasp of a defender.

Mahomes had thrown an 81-yard TD to Quan Shorts on his previous pass, and earlier, a 40-yard score to Dylan Cantrell immediately after a Bears fumble. The 80- and 81-yard TDs both came on the first plays after Baylor had been stopped on fourth down.

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: While already bowl eligible after their 6-0 start, the Bears now have their longest losing streak since dropping nine in a row. They lost their last eight games of the 2007 season and former coach Art Briles' debut in 2008 against Wake Forest, when Baylor acting head coach Jim Grobe coached the Demon Deacons.

Texas Tech: The strong finish to end a three-game losing streak at least eases the sting of going into a long offseason, especially after that woeful 66-10 loss at Iowa State the previous week. Now the Red Raiders have the anxious wait to see what Mahomes decides to do.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech season comes to an end and goes into their offseason. The Red Raiders  2017 season opener is Sept. 2 at home against Eastern Washington.

Baylor heads to Morgantown Dec. 3 to close out their regular season at No. 19 West Virginia.


 

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