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Game #3
Texas Tech 7, Baylor 9
September 30, at Waco, Texas.
Attendance: 40,882

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.

TEAM

TEXAS TECH
BAYLOR

1

2

3

4

F

0

0

0

7

7

3

3

3

0

9

STATISTICS

First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Returns
Total Offense
Passes
Punting
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties
Third-Down Conversions

TT

14
35-112
146
31
71-258
13-36-0
11-40.8
3-2
6-43
4-18

BU

11
50-209
44
30
66-253
6-16-2
8-44.3
0-0
10-47
3-16

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.

SCORING

BU--Van Dyke 33 field goal, 12:53, 1Q

BU--Van Dyke 32 field goal, 2:18, 2Q

BU--Van Dyke 19 field goal, 3:57, 3Q

TT--Zebbie Lethridge 1 run (Tony Rogers kick), 00:05, 4Q

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