ARLINGTON — All through this stinker of a season, a lot of Texas Tech football fans clung to one thought to console themselves.
Not wait ’til next year. Wait ’til next year with Jarrett Stidham.
Do we need to bring in Lee Corso for a not so fast, my friend?
Patrick Mahomes might have something to say about that after the Red Raiders closed the season Saturday with a 48-46 loss here at AT&T Stadium. The freshman did his best to out-Baylor fifth-ranked Baylor, and he nearly pulled it off.
To no avail
Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman rankled Texas Tech’s side late in the first half of the Bears’ 48-46 victory Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Oakman and Bears end Brian Nance sandwiched Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes for a sack on a third-and-10 play. Then with Mahomes on his back, Oakman put a knee in Mahomes’ face as players unpiled.
ARLINGTON -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said he felt good after the Bears' 48-46 victory Saturday against Texas Tech, but he was diagnosed with a mild concussion after a hit from Sam Eguavoen forced him out of the game in the third quarter.
“Everything went black when I tried to open my eyes,” Petty said. “Everything was kind of blurry.”
Robertson, who hit Petty under the chin, was flagged for roughing the passer. Petty’s health is key for Baylor, which finishes the regular season Saturday hosting No. 11 Kansas State.
First quarter fumbles
Baylor didn’t even have to fight in a scrum for the ball.
It popped right over to them – twice.
After Texas Tech running back Kenny Williams picked up a first down on fourth and 2, he tried to plow his way past the first down marker the ball popped loose.
Terrell Burt caught the ball as it came out of the senior running back’s hands.
ARLINGTON -- Senior kicker Ryan Bustin took over the Texas Tech career record for field goals by making his 49th and 50th on Saturday in a 48-46 loss to Baylor. He came into the game sharing the top spot with Alex Trlica.
However, Bustin missed a 50-yard field goal off the left upright just before halftime, which was costly in a 48-46 loss.
In the last month of the season, Bustin missed two extra points and a 29-yard field goal, as well as field-goal tries from 48 and 50 yards.
IRVING -- Texas Tech starting safeties J.J. Gaines (shoulder) and Keenon Ward (head) both missed Saturday's season finale against Baylor, as did top backup Jalen Barnes (head).
Usual cornerback starter Justis Nelson, himself returning from injury, started at Ward’s free safety spot and Derrick Dixon made his second start in a row at strong safety.
Linebacker Sam Eguavoen said Nelson had a full week of practice at safety, the position at which he started his Tech career.
IRVING -- Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman rankled Texas Tech’s side late in the first half of Baylor's 48-46 victory Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Oakman and Bears end Brian Nance sandwiched Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes for a sack on a third-and-10 play. Then with Mahomes still on his back, Oakman put a knee in Mahomes’ face as players unpiled.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury pleaded his case to officials to no avail.
Texas Tech and Baylor were at AT&T Stadium in Arlington again, and yes, it was or is another high-scoring affair.
And if you are tired of scrolling through Twitter to see what people were talking about, see our Twitter Synapsis of the gamer here: Baylor vs. Texas Tech (as told by Twitter)
Offense: Projected starters
Pos. Player Class
LT Le’Raven Clark Jr.
Clark vs. Oakman a battle of titans
LG Alfredo Morales Jr.
Rebounded from midseason knee sprain
C Jared Kaster Jr.
Faces NT Andrew Billings (11 TFL)
RG Baylen Brown So.
Helped Washington to 186 yards
RT Reshod Fortenberry Sr.
Gave line a solid two years
SE Devin Lauderdale So.
Pair of two-touchdown games
Texas Tech and Baylor might very well provide entertaining football for the fan with no rooting interest on Thanksgiving weekend.
Unfortunately, the Red Raiders have to play defense against Baylor which, at 50 points per game, has the nation’s highest-scoring offense. But it might be no picnic for the Bears either, the Red Raiders having developed a big-play dimension themselves.
By the Numbers
3Baylor’s current winning streak against Tech. Before that, Tech had won 15 in a row in the series.
6Where DeAndre Washington’s 186-yard rushing performance at Iowa State ranks by a Tech player in a Big 12 game.
39Number of consecutive games in which Tech has reached 325 yards total offense. It’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
Get used to it
Baylor has played with a double-digit lead nearly two-thirds of the time this season.
The defending Big 12 nhampions have the nation’s top offense, averaging 584.5 yards and 50.0 points per game.
Not only do the Bears score, they do it quickly as well.
Baylor leads the FBS in touchdown drives of under one minute with 20. The Bears also have 15 touchdowns of 40 or more yards, most in the FBS.