Tech Defeats Baylor Behind Hanspard's 287 Yards
By Garrett McKinnon
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sometimes, almost everything works right.
That was certainly the case as junior I-back and Heisman Trophy candidate Byron Hanspard thrilled a series-record crowd of 50,594 at Jones Stadium by rushing for a school-record 287 yards on 35 carries to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2, 2-1) to a 45-24 win over the previously undefeated Baylor Bears (3-1, 0-1).
Hanspard broke the record for rushing yards in a game he set against Oklahoma State Sept. 7 when he had 272.
The Red Raiders began the scoring just as they had the four previous games-on the first drive. After a Bear punt had pinned them on their own six-yard line, the Raiders let Hanspard loose. After leading the Raiders to their own 49-yard line, Hanspard went around right end on a 51-yard touchdown jaunt, the longest run allowed by the Bears this year. In all, Hanspard rushed for 75 yards and caught a screen pass for 19 more to account for all 94 yards on the drive. He passed former Tech star Byron "Bam" Morris for third-place on Tech's career all-purpose yards on the drive as well.
The Raiders didn't let up there. A typically strong defensive effort forced the Bears to punt on their next possession. Fullback Sammy Morris made them pay, rushing for 35 yards on the drive before scoring on a 13-yard scamper in which he dragged three Bear defenders into the end zone with him. With 5:25 left to play in the first quarter, a blow out seemed to be in order as the Raiders led 14-0.
Two possessions later, the Raiders put the Bears deeper into the hole when Jaret Greaser kicked a 29-yard field goal to put Tech up 17-0.
Baylor made it interesting with 10 unanswered points after that. Kyle Atteberry put the Bears on the scoreboard with a 45-yard field goal following a Raider fumble, and the Bears capitalized on a missed Grease field goal by driving 80 yards and scoring on an 18-yard pass from backup quarterback Jermaine Alfred to split end Pearce Pegross.
With the lead now down to seven points, the Raider offense went to work with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. An 80-yard drive ended when quarterback Zebbie Lethridge found wide receiver Field Scovell in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the half.
The scoring wasn't over.
Jody Brown, playing raider in Tech's 4-4 defensive alignment, sacked Alfred near the Baylor 30-yard line, causing a fumble. Defensive end Montae Reagor scooped up the loose ball and ran 21 yards for the touchdown. Greaser's extra point kick gave the Raiders a 31-10 halftime cushion.
After the break, the Raiders went up 38-10 on Hanspard's second touchdown run, an 18-yard scamper off tackle. During the drive, Hanspard surpassed the 200-yard rushing mark for the fourth straight game. He has reached the double-century mark six of the last seven games and has rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 consecutive games dating to last season.
With 4:06 left in the third and the Raiders up by 28 points, fans were doing the wave in Jones Stadium.
The Bears quieted the crowd with two quick touchdowns. The first came on a four-yard option run by Alfred on fourth-down and goal-to-go and culminated a five-play, 64-yard drive that was set up by Alfred's 57-yard pass to Pegross. For the game, Pegross caught seven passes for 154 yards.
After the Bears forced a Raider punt on the next possession, Baylor found the end zone again when fullback Clifton Rubin barrelled in from one yard out.
Leading 38-24 with 10:26 left in the fourth, the Raiders put Lethridge and Hanspard back in the game after the duo had sat out one possession. The team captains led the Raiders on an eight-play, 77-yard drive that culminated in Morris' second touchdown run of the night, a 17-yard scurry. More importantly, the drive ate five minutes off the clock.
Hanspard set the school's rushing record during the drive. His 347 total yards also set school records for most tandem yards in a game and most all-purpose yards in a game. It also marked the most yards by a single running back ever given up by a Baylor team.
The Red Raiders rolled up 624 yards of offense against the Bears, the first time this season the Raiders amassed more than 600 yards. The Bears surrendered 45 points in the game after coming in averaging 13 points per game defensively through their first three contests.
The Bears gained 370 total yards on offense, but only 84 yards on 33 rushes. The Raiders meanwhile, rushed 59 times for 482 yards.
The 45 points was the second-most scored by the Raiders in a series that dates back to 1929, and which Baylor leads 32-22-1. The Red Raiders beat the Bears 55-24 in 1973.
BAYLOR 0 - 10 - 7 - 7 -- 24 TEXAS TECH 14 - 17 - 7 - 7 -- 45 First Quarter TECH - TD, BYRON HANSPARD 51 YD RUN (JARET GREASER KICK), 5:34 TECH - TD, SAMMY MORRIS 13 YD RUN (JARET GREASER KICK), 9:35 Second Quarter TECH - FG, J GREASER 35 YD, 2:26 BYLR - FG, KYLE ATTEBERRY 45 YD, 6:11 BYLR - TD, PEARCE PEGROSS 18 YD PASS FROM JERMAINE ALFRED (KYLE ATTEBERRY KICK), 13:00 TECH - TD, FIELD SCOVELL 22 YD PASS FROM ZEBBIE LETHRIDGE (JARET GREASER KICK), 14:47 TECH - TD, MONTAE REAGOR RECOVERED FUMBLE IN END ZONE (JARET GREASER KICK), 14:55 Third Quarter TECH - TD, BYRON HANSPARD 18 YD RUN (JARET GREASER KICK), 9:58 BYLR - TD, JERMAINE ALFRED 4 YD RUN (KYLE ATTEBERRY KICK), 12:10 Fourth Quarter BYLR - TD, CLIFTON RUBIN 1 YD RUN (KYLE ATTEBERRY KICK),4:34 TECH - TD, SAMMY MORRIS 17 YD RUN (JARET GREASER KICK), 9:34 Baylor Tech First downs 23 29 Rushed-yards 33-84 59-482 Passing yards 286 142 Sacked-yards lost 3-18 0-0 Return yards 11 70 Passes 18-36-1 10-20-0 Punts 6-48.8 4-53.3 Fumbles-lost 6-2 2-1 Penalties-yards 9-75 17-147 Time of possession 26:16 33:44 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Baylor-Douglas 16-58, Overstrett 3-19, Muhammad 2-11, Ford 1-9, S Washington 3-5, Rubin 1-1, Alfred 7-minus 19. Texas Tech-Hanspard 35-287, Morris 7-98, Lethridge 8-57, Ervin 3-23, Mitchell 1-6, Cavazos 1-6, Robertson 2-3, R Jones 2-2. PASSING: Baylor-Alfred 14-27-1-249, Watson 4-9-0-37. Texas Tech-Lethridge 10-20-0-142. RECEIVING: Baylor-Pegross 7-154, Muhammad 5-37, Douglas 2-41, Domel 2-21, Ford 1-21, Cagnolatti 1-12. Texas Tech-Hanspard 3-60, Bass 3-20, Scovell 1-22, Mckenzie 1-19, Morris 1-12, Dubuc 1-9. Att: 50,594