Quicksand

By no means did kicker Ryan Bustin cost Texas Tech the game against Baylor, but after he missed his second extra point in as many weeks things started to snowball for the Red Raiders and they couldn't recover as Baylor rolled to a 63-34 win at AT&T Stadium.

ARLINGTON -- Texas Tech played great against Baylor Saturday night.

Then the Red Raiders fell into quicksand.

To reference The Replacements, quicksand is when everything is perfectly fine and then one thing goes wrong and everything falls apart.

The moment quicksand hit the Red Raiders was with a missed extra point. Tech had just taken a 20-7 lead against a team who has a perfect record and is ranked in the top five in all three major rankings.

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury took responsibility for the poor play on all sides of the ball.

"I thought we had good energy early," Kingsbury said. "I thought we just faded as we got going. Just too many mistakes in all phases. We're just not good on any side of the ball right now and that's on me."

Ryan Bustin, who converted 101 consecutive extra points until having one blocked against Kansas State, missed the point after. Baylor finished the first quarter by scoring 14 unanswered points and taking a 21-20 lead.

The Bears never looked back.

By no means did Bustin cost Tech the game. The whole team made mistakes. Tech committed three turnovers and racked up over 90 penalty yards. The defense gave up over 300 rushing yards, at least 100 apiece to two individual players. The receiving corps did not help by dropping several catchable passes.

The Tech defense forced a three-and-out after the missed extra point, but the Baylor defense did the same. Baylor's Levi Norwood would return Ryan Erxleben's punt 58 yards for a touchdown. The next drive saw Baylor cornerback K.J. Morton make an incredible leap to intercept Baker Mayfield in Tech territory.

Even when Tech got a break, the Red Raiders couldn't take advantage of it. Baylor kicker Aaron Jones missed a field goal wide left. Two plays later, Mayfield fumbled and the Bears recovered. Just over a minute later, the Bears scored a touchdown.

Once Tech was down 35-27, the Red Raiders went back to their recent ways of forcing a spectacular play. Junior linebacker Sam Eguaveon mentioned a superhero when talking about the effort.

"Too many guys are worried about being Superman on the field," Eguaveon said. "We've all just go to worry about our job and do what we're supposed to do."

The problems continued to snowball in the second half as Baylor outscored the Red Raiders 28-7. Texas Tech had Baylor on the ground. The Red Raiders beat themselves with costly mistakes. The first notable mistake was the missed extra point.

Tech fell for the trap and the quicksand ate up the scarlet and black. Tech must find a way to get out of the pit now and forget about the first 11 games.

"We've left a lot of things out there on the field that we wish we could have back," Texas Tech receiver Eric Ward said. "The game is over now. No sense in talking about it."

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