Tech Survives Scare, Wins 35-28

After jumping out to an early lead, the Red Raiders struggled to contain the Baylor Bears defensively, allowing them to go up 28-14 with 11:04 in the third quarter before putting together three straight scoring drives in the last 21 minutes of the game.

It was tale of two halves for the Red Raiders in their last game of the regular season facing Baylor. During the first half, Tech allowed 21 points and turned the ball over twice.

"I'm glad we shook off Oklahoma," explained defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill. " I thought it was on us a little bit in the first half, but glad we were able to show our character in the second half. I think that's what this team is because character is what you are when no one is watching. At halftime, the kids re-grouped, did a good job, and just played their style."

During the second half, it was a completely different story.

Baylor came out and scored on their first drive, pushing their lead to 28-14, but would not score again the rest of the game.

The Red Raiders went to work and put together a 21 point rally to win the game 35-28 and earned a share of the Big 12 South Championship Trophy.

Running back tandem Shannon Woods and Baron Batch combined for a total of 136 of Texas Tech's 365 offensive yards. They also had three of the Red Raiders' five scores.

"Baylor came out, hit us in the mouth and just played harder than us," Batch explained. "They were pushing the line back and we went in, re-grouped, and executed a lot better. Everyone just settled down and things started to open up for us."

Graham Harrell had a relatively tame night, throwing for 309 yards for two touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked twice.

The leading receiver for the Red Raiders was sophomore Detron Lewis, who finished with nine catches for 68 yards and a touchdown .

All-American WR Michael Crabtree also had nine catches for 63 yards in the first half, but he went out with an ankle injury just before halftime and never returned to the game. .

With the win, the Red Raiders improve their record 11-1 on the year, the first time in school history that Texas Tech has posted an 11-win regular season.

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