Texas Tech faces its last chance for bowl eligibility Saturday when the Red Raiders take on Baylor in Dallas. This game is truly a case of "haves versus have nots." Baylor is firing on all cylinders and is this week's media darling after Robert Griffin and his teammates staged an improbable upset of Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders lost both Alex Torres and Deandre Washington. In addition, Tech may also be without the services of Aaron Crawford and OL Lonnie Edwards. All four sustained injuries at Missouri and Torres and Washington are out for the year with ACL injuries.
Robert Griffin III leads Baylor's offense. For the year he has completed 245-336 passes for 3,572 yards with 33 TDs and five INTs.
He has also been a weapon running the rock as the junior quarterback has rushed 135 times for 550 yards and five scores.
Terrance Ganaway paces Baylor's running attack with 164 rushes for 949 yards and 12 scores. Aside from QB Griffin III, Glasco Martin is next with 34 rushes for 251 yards and two TDs.
Jared Salubi has 43 rushes for 200 yards and one TD to end Baylor's rushing scoring. But, Texas Tech has to be aware of Baylor's creativity as both WR's Kendall Wright and Tevin Reese have both run the football season.
Kendall Wright is Baylor's leading receive with 89 catches for 1,281 yards and 10 scores. Terrence Williams is next with 46 catches for 46 catches for 757 yards and nine TDs. Tevin Reese has 44 catches for 791 yards and seven TDs. Lanear Simpson has 32 catches for 434 yards and three TDs. TE Jordan Najvar adds 14 catches for 143 yards and two scores. Jared Monk has eight catches for 85 yards and two TDs. RB Terrence Ganaway has five catches for 47 yards and one TD to end Baylor's receiving scores.
Seth Doege leads Texas Tech's walking wounded into Saturday's game. Tech lost a close game to Missouri last week, but Doege and his teammates showed some competitiveness and heart that had been sorely lacking the last three weeks. Although Doege will have less weapons at his disposal, expect the junior gunslinger to come out firing. On the year, Doege has completed 356 for 525 passes for 3,644 yards with 25 TDs and eight INTs.
Leading rusher Eric Stephens is out with an ACL injury, as is his replacement, DeAndre Washington. That leaves Texas Tech with Aaron Crawford, who suffered a high ankle sprain, but is expected to give it a go, and freshman Kenny Williams as the primary backs.
Crawford has 81 rushes for 327 yards and one score. Williams has 34 rushes for 94 yards and no scores. QB Doege has four rushing scores on 51 carries. Bradley Marquez, who converted to WR from RB early in fall camp to better take advantage of his blazing speed, scored a rushing TD out of the "Wild Raider" formation last week for his first rushing score of the season. Suspended RB Ronnie Daniels has the other rushing score for the Red Raiders.
Eric Ward leads the Red Raider receivers. He has 68 catches for 649 yards and nine TDs. Darrin Moore is next with 53 catches for 718 yards and seven scores. Alex Torres, who is out for the game, has 51 receptions for 616 yards and four TDs. Cornelius Douglas, who is expected to play DB, is next with 29 catches for 329 yards and one score. Tramain Swindall and Jace Amaro each have two receiving TDs and Jacoby Franks, Bradley Marquez, and Adam James each have one receiving score.
For the Red Raiders to have any chance in this game, major contributions are going to have to come from players who have very little game experience. Many of Texas Tech's top players on offense and on defense will be sitting out this game. At stake here is the Red Raiders' 18 year streak of bowl eligibility.
Beyond that, Tech has another opportunity to capture national media attention by winning the game, which would dash Griffin's Heisman chances.
Texas Tech: 17