Texas Tech benefited by the return of defensive lineman Dartwan Bush, who had missed the previous 41/2 games with a sprained right knee. Bush had a brace on his injured knee, but was in on the first defensive series and got extensive playing time.
He had a sack and two quarterback pressures.
Tech started Kerry Hyder, Branden Jackson and Jackson Richards in the defensive front three, and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt rotated his defensive-line personnel every few plays.
Another secondary shift
Texas Tech’s uncertainty at one cornerback spot led to Justis Nelson getting his first career start near his hometown. Nelson is a true freshman from Dallas Christian, which is located inMesquite.
He started at field, or wide-side cornerback, the spot normally manned by Olaoluwa Falemi. Nelson gave up a touchdown pass, but made five tackles and three pass breakups.
A Tech coach said last week the staff still isn’t certain where they will use Nelson long-term. He has practiced at both cornerback and safety and has recently gotten game action at safety.
Tech scored a touchdown late in the first half after a fumble recovery by Terrance Bullitt gave the Red Raiders the ball deep in Baylor territory.
Tech receivers took big hits on back-to-back plays, though. Inside receiver Jordan Davis was popped for no gain by Baylor safety Orion Stewart. On the next play, tight end Jace Amaro caught a pass over the middle and was blasted up high by safety Ahmad Dixon. Amaro held on to the ball for a 19-yard gain, but stayed down several minutes.
Davissubsequently was checked for a possible concussion, and Amaro left with a bloody gash on his chin.
Amaro returned to the game on Tech’s first series of the second half. He finished with four catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time since the season opener at SMU that Amaro did not catch at least eight passes.
Special teams mistakes
Giving up a 58-yard punt-return touchdown wasn’t Texas Tech’s only glaring error on special teams. The Red Raiders’ chances of a second-half comeback also were hurt by a couple of major penalties.
One flag wiped out a Reginald Davis kickoff return near midfield. Another wiped out a long punt return by Tanner Jacobson, who made it to the Baylor 17-yard line before he was brought down.
Levi Norwood’s punt-return TD was the first against Tech sinceTexas’ Jordan Shipley did it in 2009.
Brewer gets a look
Quarterback Michael Brewer came in for Texas Tech’s last offensive series, a three-and-out in which both his passes were incomplete. It was only Brewer’s second game appearance this season and first since Oct. 5.
Tech has an open date next week before the regular-season finale Thanksgiving night atTexas. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he’ll use it to look at Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb and Brewer.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do going into this last week,” Kingsbury said. “It’s good we have a bye week. We’ll get all three reps and see who our starter will be for the last game.”
Mayfield started the first five games of the season, Webb the next five and Mayfield got his sixth start on Saturday. Webb didn’t get in. The last game in which Webb did not play was the season opener against SMU.
Attendance was 69,188, the second-largest Baylor-Texas Tech crowd. The series record was 71,964 for the 2009 game, which was the first in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. … Baylor’s 675 yards set a stadium record. … True freshman Baylen Brown made his first career start for Texas Tech at RG. Beau Carpenter, the usual starter at that position, has been out with concussion symptoms. The previous week, Tech started James Polk at LG and moved Alfredo Morales to RG. … Tech S Tre Porter suffered a right hand and-or thumb injury early in the second half. Porter had the right hand and thumb heavily wrapped and padded on the sideline and returned for the next series, but didn’t play the rest of the game. … WLB Will Smith was in on 16 tackles, the most by a Tech player since 2005, when S Dwayne Slay was credited with 18 against Baylor. … Baylor’s 13-game winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the FBS behindOhioState(19) andAlabama(14). … Baylor has won three straight against Tech for the first time since the Bears won four in a row in the series from 1984-87. … Baylor has won 10 games in a row by at least 10 points, the second-longest active streak behindFloridaState(11).