Baylor overcomes late push to beat Texas Tech 48-46

Published: Nov 29, 2014 22:10pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Nov 29, 2014 @ 10:10pm EST


(photo courtesy Tim Sharp)

ARLINGTON, Texas – In front of 54,170 fans in Arlington, Bryce Petty threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion and playoff hopeful Baylor managed to squeak out a 48-46 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. Shock Linwood ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns for the fifth-ranked Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP), who after an unusual offensive shootout with Texas Tech are guaranteed at least a share of their second consecutive conference title if they win at home over No. 11 Kansas State next Saturday.

The Bears have higher expectations, but a close game against the Raiders (4-8, 2-7) likely won't help their case. Already two spots behind Big 12 co-leader TCU in the College Football Playoff poll, coming off of an impressive 48-10 road win Thanksgiving against Texas.

Freshman Patrick Mahomes set a Big 12 record for a freshman with his 593 yards on 30 of 56 passing including six touchdowns, the last being a 40-yarder to Bradley Marquez with 1:42 left before the 2 point conversion failed under heavy pressure and was sacked. The Red Raiders failed to recover the ensuing onside kick that was recovered by Linwood.

Petty was hurt midway through the third quarter after taking a high hit from linebacker Sam Eguavoen, who was penalized for a personal foul. Petty remained down for several minutes before getting up and walking slowly to the sideline and then going to the locker room.

Baylor officials said it was 'mild concussion.' Petty was back on the sideline before the end of the third quarter, still wearing his uniform but without his shoulder pads and helmet.

"Everything was kinda blurry. I took a good shot and and that's just kinda part of it". Petty said. When asked if he pressed to go back in the Bears QB said "Symptomwise they said they wouldn't have let me back in even if I wanted to."

Seth Russell came in for Petty, and six plays later threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Levi Norwood to make it 42-17.

“You know it changes a little bit” Coach Briles said when asked about the play calling after Russell entered. “We had to dial back a few things (but) Seth is pretty talented”

The teams traded field goals before Texas Tech went on a 20-0 run backed by three long touchdowns passes by Mahomes.

After 1,000-yard rusher DeAndre Washington turned a short pass into a 49-yard TD with 8:13 left, the Red Raiders were within 45-40 after a failed two-point try.

Baylor then went 56 yards on 13 plays for Chris Callahan's 36-yard field goal that proved to be the difference.

The Bears have won four straight games in the series played at the Dallas Cowboys' NFL stadium. This one turned into the expected shootout even though it was only 7-0 after the first quarter on Linwood's 8-yard run.

After combining to average nearly 101 points and 1,145 total yards per game the last three years, they had 94 points and 1,254 yards this time. Texas Tech tallied 707 yards, the most against Baylor this season, while the Bears had 547.

The Red Raiders, long known for big passing numbers, for the first time since 2005, had three 100-yard receivers. Marquez led the way with six catches, 130 yards and three TD's while Washington (six, 107, one) and Jakeem Grant (five, 150, one). Washington, Tech's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1998, added 65 yards rushing on 15 carries.

“I'm not sure if it was a game or war quite honestly”, Briles said after the game. “I'm just really proud of our players.” Briles continued. “It's really difficult to repeat as champions”

Next Saturday against Kansas State they'll get their chance.



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