The Baylor Bears, behind an opportune defense, an excellent 2nd half offense, and just enough special teams play, came back and beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday afternoon 52-45 in overtime. The Bears overcame a 14 point deficit in the second quarter to come back and secure their sixth win of the season.
Words of the Game
Offense - Balanced
The Bears are the definition of a balanced offense now that their running game is as dominant as their passing game. With the move away from struggling senior Jarred Salubi, the Bears rushing attack has exploded the past six weeks. Only against Iowa State did the rushing attack not get at least 250 yards on the ground out of those six games. Even more impressive than the yardage totals is the average per carry. They are gaining 5.5 yards per carry.
In this game, the Bears had 278 yards rushing on 57 rushes, and 396 yards passing on 37 attempts. The Bears are balancing their yardage in such a way that defenses have no idea how to stop the Baylor offense, who put up 45 points in the game, which included 3 missed field goals and a failed 4th and goal attempt.
Defense - Bend
So many times on Saturday did the Bears defense bend. They allowed 567 yards with 208 coming on the ground against a bad running team. However, the Bears made plays time and time again when their backs were against the wall. The Red Raiders scored a touchdown on their first three possessions, but after that, the Bears defense started to step up.
Possession #4 - Sam Holl Interception (BU 44)
Possession #5 - McCallister forced a fumble that Lackey recovers (BU 8)
Possession #6 - Held to a 29 yard field goal
Possession #7 - Punt
Possession #8 - Lackey Interception returned for a TOUCHDOWN
After those five possessions, the game went from a 21-7 deficit to a 35-31 lead. The Red Raiders would score on a kickoff return touchdown in that series, but defensively, the Baylor defense played incredible. Three points in 5 drives against a very explosive Red Raider offense.
Players of the Game
Offense- Terrance Williams, Senior Wide Receiver
When Williams is playing like that, I don't know if there is a better wide receiver in college football. He caught the ball all over the field, and led the Bears with 7 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. Williams has become so deadly on slants this year, while still keeping his elite ability to stretch the field and go get the ball.
With the big game against Tech, Williams is now the all-time single-season receiving yard leader in Baylor history with 1,693 yards. With now 2 games to go, Williams has an outside chance of hitting 2,000 yards receiving.
Honorable Mention - Lanear Sampson, Thunder and Lightning (both over 100 yards for the second time in 3 games!)
Defense - Eddie Lackey, Junior Linebacker
Lackey, the junior college transfer, has upped his game the past few weeks. Against Kansas State, he was all over the field attacking Collin Klein and stopping the Wildcat rushing attack. Against the Red Raiders though, he was even better. He only had 5 tackles, but his impact came in forcing turnovers. He had 2 interceptions, including the play of the game.
With the Bears trailing 31-28, Lackey picked off Seth Doege and ran it back for a 55 yard touchdown. Lackey would not be done though, he got another interception later in the game and also recovered a fumble. Lackey's play is one of the keys to the Bears improvement on defense.
Honorable Mention - Bryce Hager, Chris McCallister
This win was huge, for one simple fact. It was #6. Just three weeks ago, most would have scoffed if told the Bears would have win #6 with one game to go. However, this team is playing great football, and finally winning those close games now. Outside of the TCU game, they really were in all of the games they have lost. They finally won one of those close ones in conference and are bowl eligible.
The defense wasn't great, but they made great plays when they need to. The offense moved the ball incredibly well all day, they just struggled to turn those yards into touchdowns in the first half, something that was not a problem after halftime.
With the sixth win, the Bears will get to a 3rd bowl game in a row for the first time in program history. We get more practice time for our players and team, and we get the notoriety of a bowl game again. Now let's go beat Oklahoma State and get to a better bowl game!
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