Baucum's Bits — Baylor

A breakthrough performance by the Tech offense, which had looked out of sync at times in the four games prior to Saturday's win over Baylor, should give the coaching staff and the fans quite a bit of optimism as this season progresses. There were some positives and some areas of concern in the game, so here is this week's edition of Baucum's Bits.

Good: Taylor Potts.

Not only did Taylor Potts make excellent decisions with his passes, he also showed some wheels when he kept the ball on a zone read play and was not stopped until he reached the Baylor 1-yard line. Potts' 43-yard run is Tech's longest rushing play of the season, and the senior QB finished the game 42-59 for 462 yards with four TDs and one INT.

Not so good: Big plays given up by the defense

The Red Raiders allowed a 33-yard pass play on Baylor's first drive, two 34-yard plays on Baylor's first drive of the 2nd quarter, and a 62-yard touchdown pass with a little more than a minute left in the half. While this is alarming, it is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Robert Griffin III is an exceptional athlete and also by the fact that Tech's defense was depleted by the absence of Scott Smith, Sam Fehoko, Franklin Mitchem, and Will Ford.

Good: Aggressive offense

Tech really came to life in this game, and it wasn't all on the arm of Taylor Potts. Baron Batch had a 37-yard touchdown run, Eric Stephens showed that he is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, and Texas Tech had much more success running plays out of the wildcat formation than they did against Iowa State.

Not so good: Special teams

Hopefully this doesn't become a recurring theme, but Tech's special teams cost them in this game. Baylor converted a fake punt to extend a drive and returned an onside kick attempt for a score. Since there's nowhere to go but up from that type of performance and head coach Tommy Tuberville coaches the unit, expect Tech's special teams to show vast improvement going forward.

Good: Alex Torres made an impact

Last season's leading receiver, Torres has been hampered by a back injury this season. After catching only 10 balls in the three games combined, Torres hauled in seven passes and two scores against Baylor. A healthy Torres changes the game for Tech's offense and nowhere was that more evident than the dazzling 38-yard catch and run that Torres had during Tech's first drive of the 2nd quarter.

What happens now?

Sitting at 1-2 in the Big 12, Texas Tech faces another must-win game against a very dangerous Oklahoma State squad. The Cowboys have  quite an arsenal of offensive weapons, headlined by sophomore WR Justin Blackmon. So far this season, Blackmon has 47 catches for 748 yards and 11 TDs. Add solid RB Kendall Hunter and his 700 yards rushing and nine TDs to the mix as well. Expect another offensive shootout this Saturday at Jones Stadium—it really shouldn't happen any other way when these two teams meet.  Tune into RaiderPower for all your Texas Tech sports news and insight.


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