Texas Tech 7, Baylor 9
September 30, at Waco, Texas.
Two breakdowns in the kicking game and a sparodic offense proved too much to overcome as the No. 24-ranked Red Raiders dropped their Southwest Conference opener 9-7 to Baylor.
The Bears converted field goals after two big special teams plays: a 76-yard game-opening kickoff return and a recovered fumble on a short punt after the ball bounced off a Tech blocker.
The loss was the first by a Spike Dykes-coached team when it did not give up a touchdown.
The Raiders made it close by scoring a touchdown with five seconds left and then narrowly missed recovering the on-sides kick.
Tech held Baylor to only 44 yards passing, the least given up by a Raider defense since 1983. Tech did not allow a TD despite excellent field position by Baylor -- six BU possessions started at midfield.
"It was an old-fashioned alley fight," said Dykes. "It was a great defensive knock-down, drag-out affair."
Sophomore defensive tackle Corey Chandler was a major surprise. Starting just his second game he registered 10 tackles.
Rushers: TT--Hanspard 17-73; Lethridge 13-25, 1TD; Walker 4-9; Cherry 1-5; BU--Hodge 5-18; Douglas 25-157; Washington 10-32; Muhammad 2-10;Rubin 2-3; Watson 5-(10); Ford 1-(1).
Passing: TT--Lethridge 13-36-0, 146; BU--Watson 6-16-2, 44.
Receiving: TT-- Scovell 5-83; Darden 3-22; Adams 1-6; DuBuc 1-16; McKenzie 2-10; Hanspard 1-9; BU--Dennard 1-21; Douglas 2-(1); Muhammad 1-11; Pegross 2-13.
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