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Bears overcome hyped Tech team for 63-34 thumping of Red Raiders

Posted: November 16, 2013 - 11:25pm  |  Updated: November 17, 2013 - 1:27am
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Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, and Baylor head coach Art Briles chat before an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas,  Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  LM Otero
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Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, and Baylor head coach Art Briles chat before an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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ARLINGTON — Texas Tech had the college football audience at “hello” on Saturday night. It takes more than a good first impression to have your way with Baylor, though.

Tech built a quick two-touchdown lead and then, like other Baylor opponents this season, lacked the staying power to match the Bears’ high-powered offense. No. 4 Baylor beat the Red Raiders 63-34 at AT&T Stadium, extending its winning streak to 13 and taking over first place in the Big 12 Conference.

“I thought we had good energy early, but just faded as we got going,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Too many mistakes in all phases. We’re just not good on any side of the ball right now, and that’s all on me.”

Baylor (9-0, 6-0 in the Big 12) took command in the Big 12 after No. 23 Texas (7-3, 6-1) fell out of first place with a loss earlier in the day to No. 12 Oklahoma State.

Baylor was missing three key offensive players — receiver Tevin Reese and running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin — who were hurt the game before against Oklahoma. Still, the team that came in averaging 61 points and 686 yards got right around those averages again — 63 points and 675 yards.

The Bears had to overcome their biggest deficit of the season, falling behind 14-0 and then 20-7 in the first quarter.

“When you withstand that surge against a good team, come back and finish the way we finished as a team, to me that’s impressive,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “That shows you have a tough football team, a tough-minded football team that’s mature and believes what’s happening inside the locker room.”

Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield, starting for the first time since Oct. 5, threw four touchdown passes for the Red Raiders (7-4, 4-4). But Tech lost the turnovers column — 3-1 — for the seventh time in eight conference games.

“We put the ball on the ground too much, and we didn’t play our best game today,” Tech receiver Eric Ward said. “That’s very apparent.”

Baylor receiver-return man Levi Norwood scored three touchdowns, sandwiching 40- and 58-yard scoring receptions around a 58-yard punt return. That made up for Reese’s absence. And redshirt freshman running backs Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin led a ground game that pounded out 340 yards, a season high against Tech. Linwood rushed for 182 yards against Oklahoma after Seastrunk (groin) and Martin (knee) left with injuries.

He had his fourth 100-yard game Saturday, carrying 29 times for 187 yards. Chafin added 11 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, the second a 47-yarder that increased the Bears’ lead to 49-27. The Bears also had two 100-yard receivers.

Baylor had 86 rushing yards at halftime, but wore down the Red Raiders in the second half. They scored four touchdowns — all on the ground — in the final two quarters.

“It goes back to what’s been happening these past few weeks,” said Tech linebacker Will Smith, who was in on 16 tackles. “We did a great job early. The second half, fitting our gaps, we’ve got to get off blocks and secure tackles. That’s the main thing: We’re not finishing our tackles. We’re not running our feet.”

The Red Raiders started like gangbusters with touchdowns on their first three series, making Kingsbury’s decision to go with Mayfield instead of Davis Webb look sound.

“Baker had a good week of practice, and I felt like he fought hard in the previous game,” Kingsbury said. “He just has to protect the football better, but he’s a fighter and he kept us in it early, and he’s just got to learn from his mistakes.”

Running back Kenny Williams threw his second TD pass of the season, a 6-yarder to Jace Amaro, and then Mayfield threw two: 20 yards to a wide-open Amaro down the middle and 6 yards to Ward, who made a spectacular, tumbling catch while running a fade route.

As soon as the Red Raiders had the upset alert in place, though, the Bears responded to the challenge. Down 20-7, Baylor unleashed a 42-7 burst, good for a 49-27 lead.

The Bears scored four touchdowns in less than 13 minutes to go in front 35-27 before halftime.

Norwood, a junior wideout, was the one who steadied the Bears when they were wobbled early. Bryce Petty threw his first TD pass to Norwood at the 6:05 mark of the first quarter, and then Norwood’s punt-return TD brought the Bears back to 20-14 at the 1:39 mark of the first period.

As it turned out, Tech’s attention-getting early lead didn’t even last a quarter. Bears receiver Antwan Goodley ran by freshman cornerback Justis Nelson and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass with four seconds left in the period, putting Baylor ahead 21-20.

Petty kept getting better, throwing for three touchdowns and running for two. Mayfield started to have lapses, fumbling three times, losing one, and throwing an interception.

Baylor’s recovery came at the Tech 43-yard line in the second quarter. The Bears then used five consecutive run plays, capped by Chafin going in from the 3. The extra point made it 28-20 at the 8:18 mark of the second quarter.

Tech battled back. A Terrance Bullitt fumble recovery deep in Baylor territory set up a 3-yard scoring pass from Mayfield to Jakeem Grant, but the Red Raiders couldn’t get into halftime down 28-27.

Moments later, Norwood caught a seemingly harmless pass on the perimeter and was face to face with Tech safety Keenon Ward. But Norwood faked out Ward and outran the pursuit 58 yards to the end zone.

The Bears scored touchdowns on four of six possessions in the second half.

“I thought the effort was good early and just faded,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve got to play a complete game. We haven’t done that all year.”

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Recruiting is the answer

No depth, no tackling, no special teams but I will always pull for the Raiders and pray that recruiting improves. They made it exciting in the first half but just could not finish.

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Mayfield Fumbles

I like the dynamics he adds to the offense but he has regressed in protecting the ball when he runs. He needs to run to extend the play in order to pass.

In Brewer 's lone series one could see his potential, but I think he will leave at the end of the year.

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Same problems, but encouraged...(@Mongo) Brewer not leaving

Tech gave'm a big scare, far more than anyone expected, they showed they've got swagger and in time they will roll under KK. Gutsy game guys. Had the referee not screwed up that 4th down spot when Mayfield 'got' the first down when in red zone, we go in for TD, its a one score game deep in 3rd quarter and we are in position to win it. Instead, momentum changer, 14 point swing and wheels come off. Yes, D could not stop run again after getting worn down (no depth), penalties, "turnovers", special teams and mistakes a constant theme. Still, Tech shows promise, this team is fun, King is just starting this journey, and I'm excited about our future if we can get some decent recruiting on defense - soon we'll be ones with experienced QBs tearing up league. As for Mongo's comment, yes, Brewer is the real deal, I saw him play a lot before he went to Tech. Why would he leave? He would have been starter, and I think he'll get the job back next year. Also, he will be a junior next year, if he transferred he would lose a year of eligibility and end up at another school as a senior with no guarantee of playing anyway. I think Brew starts next year, Mayfield our 2nd but who knows if Webb gets it back. Time will tell who gets the nod. Hang tough guys, strange season but great things ahead and beat UT and "it's all good." You hung tough against a team tonight that could win the national championship this year if a few things go their way. Wreck'm Tech and Guns Up!

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Sorry, but I can't....

I can't agree with the title of this A-J article.

I would not call it a "thumping".

Our team needs something more supportive than using this word.

What is wrong with omitting the "thumping" adjective?

Why does the A-J allow this kind of negative comments?

Whose side are you on?

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More

That was more than a thumping. It was a good old-fashioned take 'em to the woodshed whipping. As Jerry Moore once said after losing big to Baylor, "We just got a good ole country whuppin'!" The Baylor Bears 2014 are the Big 12's best team since the 2005-06 Texas Longhorns who won the title. Bama better hope they play someone else besides Baylor for the title.

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Stop All The Excuses

I agree Baylor just gave Tech a whuppin! You are making excuses about having a young qb. There are a lot of teams in the Big 12 that has young qb's. Tech is NOT a good team and won't be. What you don't realize is the teams Tech beat this season only 1 team was over 500 and that was Texas State (6-4). Also did you forget that your coach Kingsbury is going up against great minds(Snyder, Stoopes, Van Gundy, Briles and next Mack Brown). Tech can't get good recruits because the good players want to play with (Baylor, OSU, UT, OU). Briles runs the spread offense just as good or maybe even better then Leach because Leach never had a running attack like that

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Luvfootball

If you've ever spent more than a week in Lubbock, then I'm a young man again.

Get back on your UT website.

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tackling

Lack of tackling and securing tackles was a problem last night for for Tech. Depth continues to be a problem in the secondary and on both sides of the ball. Injurys contributed also in key positions. Inexperince at Quaterback and turn overs, fumbles and interceptions. Poor special teams play also contributed also. These problems are long standing caused over the past few years , especially in the depth we don't have is the lack of continuity in keeping coachs and recruits here. 5 different defensive coachs in 5 years, and 3 different head coachs. IF Tech had been smart when Leach was fired and kept Ruff as head coach that would have helped in continuity and recruits but they didn't. keeping 9 out out of 24 recruits out of the 2011 recruiting class sure hasn't helped in building depth and continued burning of red shirts hasn't helped build depth either. In other words it is going to take time to build a program here at Texas Tech, like Baylor and the rest. Art Briles didn't do it overnight and KK wont either. I see great things ahead for Texas Tech, the team plays with a lot of enthusiasm for Coach KK, THEY HAVE NEVER GIVEN UP .. IF we can continue getting great recruits , (that stay here.) and work on coaching these young kids up and work on tackling, blocking ,eliminate turnovers and have better ball security, being more physical and keep our current coachs , then I see a great future.

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No national title

Unfortunately, Baylor will not be playing for a national title so we will never know if Baylor is for real or not against an ACC, SEC or PAC 12 school. With the Texas loss yesterday, strength of schedule probably received another hit.

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Getting beat by almost double

Getting beat by almost double of your own scoring ability, I'd call a "thumping."

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let us remember

lest we forget our fallen heroes and the lone walking wounded survivors who will travel to austin soon.

they will be in the hands of the merciless referee staff maintained by UT. and also the UT coaching of their steroid freaks to spear opponents in the head with their head.

god bless the raiders everyone.

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Effort was there

but skill, talent, depth were not. BAY was missing key people on O, but they scored 9 TD's.

I thought Tubs recruited decently. Where did his recruits go? Why can we not go 2-deep anywhere on D?

As for '14, who catches balls after Ward and Amaro leave? What are our WR options?

Hope we beat UT In Austin, but that's only happened once in last ~30 years. More likely, our 4th straight losing conf record. In the immediate future, prob more likely to fall, rather than improve, on our #6 conference position

KK, et al, HIT THE RECRUITING TRAIL!

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@ Luvfootball and Gunzsidewayz

Gunz: obviously Baylor is loaded on offense so a few players out didn't matter, contrary to Tech who was already thin on defense and had 4 -6 starters injured and/or out at any given time, so that hurts. I don't think Tech has ever been Big 12 deep on defense, but if you heard Briles comment last night, he said this was 'first' year that he has been Big 12 deep at all positions. Maybe Amaro will come back (though guessing NFL $ may prevail), but given that Tech has 2nd best offense in Big 12 (fact per media/stats), offensive recruits will continue to flock to Tech and King, D has always been problem. It's time for UT to fall in Austin to Tech (only been about '15' years...1997), don't be shocked it Tech pulls it off, stranger things have happened (and it's tougher to beat OU in Norman than UT in Austin, and Tech is one of only two teams to do that in the last decade or more. UT has been beaten by plenty of other teams there, no reason Tech can't even now. I don't think Tech has played more than one game this year without 3 or 4 turnovers....when they do, they may just blow the other team out (same goes for the constant penalties, mistakes, etc.....eliminate just a few, and they may roll).

Luvfootball: If all the great players want to go to Baylor, UT, OU, and OSU, why can't UT win Big 12 and National Championship more than once a decade with all the 'blue chip' athletes they get?....OSU won last year and KState (another team you didn't mention without blue chippers) has won a couple of times. OSU didn't start becoming a powerhouse until last few years, Tech regularly beat them before that when Gundy (like KK) first took over, and Baylor was whipping boy of conference until recent couple years (Tech of course has dominated them for most of the Big 12 existence). Tech was consistently considered the 3rd best team in league next to OU and UT for many years until Leach departure. The reality is that the Big 12 has reached a state of parity, there are great players all over the league (WV, TCU, and many others), Tech has very good athletes but lost inertia after the Leach debacle (remember 2008 when we were ranked No. 2 in country going into end of season after beating some big time teams that year (i.e No. 1 UT) -- that Raider team would likely beat the hell out of any Big 12 team this year though that defense was average at best; problem for us was that UT and OU had two of their best teams that year also). Point is that your comments aren't supported by all historical data, rather just a few handpicked events and recent slides by Tech by someone who obviously is not a Tech fan. You see, "true fans" stick by their teams through thick and thin....if your attitude is 'what have you done for me lately and if nothing, talk bad about the players and demand to fire the coach', then you should be a UT fan where they leave the stadium at halftime if the 'blue chip recruits' aren't always winning. Later.

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Thumping? Yeah

A four touchdown beating qualifies as a thumping. Our program is not in very good shape in terms of depth right now after three years of Hance's great recruiter Tubby. It will take a while to fix that. However we still have a chance to salvage a fairly good season by defeating a very ordinary UT team, something we can do assuming that they do not let Mack Brown double as the replay official.

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Loyal...

KState's first championship was loaded with bluechip recruits. KState had the 7th ranked recruiting class 3 years before the championship. Last year they were led by national top-20 QB recruit Klein and #1 national rated LB recruit Arthur Brown. UT is down because of bad QB play not because of bluechippers. Have you seen UT's overall record? They got it by signing bluechip players. We will win when we start recruiting bluechip players, running the ball and playing defense. KK has not shown he can do any of the three.

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I think....

1. That we already had a great year when Tubs, Curry, and Hance left. (Or are leaving)

2. I think a win in Austin would be no miracle.

3. I think 80% of our recruiting should aim at defense.

GO TECH!

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Everything is relative

Tech has never recruited better than OU or Texas in terms of Blue Chip players. Most of Techs recruiting battles are not against the best teams in the nation. Tech has developed some GREAT PLAYERS & has had some GREAT TEAMS...but we have never had a dominate program.

Tech fans seem to want to blame the coach's scheme, the Administration, the refs.....whats obvious is the Raiders are outmanned when they are playing Big Time programs. We beat everyone we were suppose to beat & lost badly to teams that had MORE talented players.

Future expectations should be based upon how well Tech recruits compared to the rest of the Big 12 and not by how good they look against the Texas States .

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Loyal

By what measure is TTU 2nd best O in the B12? Surely BAY and OSU are better. We lead nation in red zone FG's. The best measure of O is points (not yards) per possession (not total).

I attended last TTU Austin win in 90's, and will go again next wk. But prior to that win, we hadn't won in 20 years or so. So 1 win at UT, 2 tops, in 40 years. That said, a win this year is possible.

Re penalties and TO's, it is a function of our play style. When other teams run up the gut for 7 per, and we have to pull linemen for 3 yard screens and dumps, we will always have more penalties, tipped balls, TO's, etc.

You are absolutely right - we were 3rd best team in conference. Sure, BAY was awful then. But TAMU and MIZ and NEB were in that conf, all of which are significantly better than TTU now.

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Bobert

We fired Leach b/c "he never won anything." I would gladly accept a return to winning conf records, winning at Jones, a bowl game every year, half of which were decent.

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call it by the rightful name

Tech couldn't even cover the spread on a neutral field and what they really got was a real, old fashion, b***-kickin'. Not a thumping, or a whipping, or a defeat. As posted above, they really lost because they got "hosed" by the refs again. Sooner or later, this lame excuse had to come along. Face it, they are just an average D-I team, with an average coach, on the train to nowhere and most importantly, they are(were) OVER-RATED, OVER-RATED. If the Big 12 had any talent at all, this bunch would be fighting KU, ISU, and WV, for last place.

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reporting and tidbits

@Obviousman - they're reporters, not cheerleaders. It was a thumping. It may hurt that the score was like it was but that was a thumping of the highest order!

And it was not Jerry Moore who said "a good old country whuppin" after losing to Baylor, but rather Grant Teaff who said it after losing to Tech with Spike Dykes!

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@ Gunz, @ wichita, @ spikerules

Gunz: I sat in UT stadium and watched Tech beat UT in Austin as far back as the SW conference days, and have watched all the games since. I watched Billy Joe Tolliver torch them in Austin, and it wasn't 40 years ago. It was the 'Austin Statesman sportswriters' (yea, they bleed Bevo) who summarized the stats, etc. and recently wrote Tech had 2nd best offense in Big 12 next to Baylor...think that is objective? Look it up. A&M, Mizzou and Nebraska have all been majorly up and down during Big 12 and since then...you seem to be only looking at a select year or two and ignoring the rest. A&M will again be average after Manziel leaves. Mizzou has stunk it up until this year, Baylor does -0- big time until 'so far' this year, and Nebraska has still not made it back to top 25 last I saw. Tech has improvements to make, but be fair and objective

Wichita: It is almost pointless responding to you about anything because you consistently shown you are just a Tech hater with nothing else to do. You never see the big picture, you focus on whatever microcosm you can to criticize. Gee are those 'blue chip schools' like UT and OU 'overrated'...they haven't done sh** this year (how bad did OU lose to Baylor, was it even a game at halftime, unlike Tech who was pouring it on Baylor at that point?). The almighty UT isn't even rated with one Big 12 loss! And Tech has beat the almighty OU more than any other team in Big 12 next to UT, look it up! Finally, the Kingsbury train has barely boarded my friend and will be rolling over opponents in the near future...we won't see you then I'm sure.

Spikerules: Wrong on KState, you ought to do better research, here you go. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1380595-if-kansas-states-bill-snyder-can-do-this-in-kansas-whats-your-teams-excuse

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Does anyone care if Baylor doesn't go to the NCG? Not me...

Ok, I have been pessimistic about Baylor all year. You have a team that went 8-5 last year, with a 4-5 conference record. They play in a big 12 that is really pathetic this year. I mean think about it. Everyone is rebuilding and maybe 1 or 2 schools actually has a definite starter.

I don't hate Baylor and I really like Art Briles, but I only support one team in College football. I hear all of these columnist bitching that Tech losing to KSU and UT losing to OSU really hurt Baylor's chances. Who cares! Only if you are a Baylor fan, I guess. Baylor doesn't deserve a national title. Who have they beat to get there? Ohio State may not win by the margin of victory that Baylor has but they are undefeated for the 2nd year in a row. I don't feel sorry for Baylor getting the snub right now, the voters and computers have figured out that the Big 12 conference is shifty and possibly overrated. WVU beats OK. St. early in the conference, Tech is top 10 one month and then not ranked at all after being blown out twice at home. Where is Baylor's consistent competition? They have one win at home against OU, they may win in Stillwater but who knows. Oh and it depends on what happens to Texas. Tech just might get the upperhand on them, man that would be nice to finish the year off. A win in Austin. I don't think Tech has won in Austin for close to 15 or 20 years.

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I'm not a Baylor apologist, but...

Ohio state has played two ranked teams and only one of them actually deserved to be ranked. Pretty sure Baylor could hold their own playing OSU's schedule, maybe 2 good games. Back to Tech's issues... maybe when KK gets his players in there and not using Tubby's leftovers we'll see some improvement. I don't know who but someone needs to light a fire under that defensive line. They look like they're playing with skates on. I just hope we shove that Longhorn up UT's @@@. Getting sick of them calling US overrated when they started the season at #15.

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Loyal...

Kstate's first championship was in '98. Dig deeper, you will find what you're not looking for.

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K-State has had success

One more thing about Baylor. Ohio State beat the number 19 ranked team and Baylor beat #20 ranked OU. I'd say OSU has the upper-hand, not to mention that I believe that will play Michigan State so that could be in their favor if they win.

Now KSU and Bill Snyder is a very interesting program. He has never had a significant top 25 or even top 30 recruiting class for that matter. KSU, definitely gets everything out of their recruits that end up on no ones radar. Truly remarkable, and I don't think that Tech couldn't replicate that with Kingsbury. Snyder is very calm, cool and collected, and gets the kids that are coach-able. That is all that he wants. With everyone clamoring on and on about what Tech needed. KSU and Bill Snyder continually make a statement of how much you can do with so little.

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Coach Snyder...

Don't let him fool you. He had a top-10 recruiting class in the 90's and had #14 ranked class in '02 that included two 5-stars and four 4-stars. I know him and he is a great coach but he has also gotten top talent, just not the route most do. Many of those JUCOs that he has built his program around were former top recruits out of high school and he has consistently gotten top transfers from other top D1 schools. What he is great at is developing the talent and putting main emphasis on 1) running the football, 2) playing defense and 3) special teams. That is the formula. We have none of the three.

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Sorry Spike, Tech ranks higher

Snyder a great coach, no doubt. But if you are going to compare recruits, please don't go back to 1998 (even 'if' you can back that up, haven't looked), because then I can go to post 2008 when Tech was up high on recruiting post No. 2 ranking and pre-Leach firing....but since you seem to be a 'what have you done for me lately fan' and want magic from KK in his first year (how did all those other coaches do their first year by the way?), let's look at the most recent numbers on rivals and you will see for '2014' Tech is far ahead of KState (No. 34 v. No. 49). Are we done? Here's the link, enjoy. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/teamrank/2014/all/all

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