No. 9 Baylor still has the 12 biggest titles after beating Tech

No. 9 Baylor still has the 12 biggest titles after beating Tech

Waco, Texas Blake Shapen threw 254 yards and two touchdowns on his first start for the ninth-seeded Baylor, and the Bears went on to a 27-24 win over Texas Tech on Saturday that kept their hopes of making the Big 12 Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

Abram Smith ran for 117 yards and landed the Bears (10-2, 7-2 Big 12, CFP No. 8), who had to wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s game between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 10. Oklahoma. The Cowboys were already locked in their first Big 12 title match, and a win over the Sooners in Bedlam would put Baylor in next Saturday’s match with them.

Linebacker Terrell Bernard said: “We’ve been completely focused on Texas Tech, and we’re prepared for whatever happens next. We’re excited to win this game… and we’ll see.”

Baylor coach Dave Aranda said he understood the repercussions of the game later on Saturday night, but mentioned “things you can’t control” and said he was proud of how his team had grown and united after leading 2-7 on their debut last year.

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Shapen hits Tristan Ebner with a stride Close to 25 for a 61-yard score in the game’s opening round that put Baylor ahead for survival. Shapen earned the crucial TD pass from 9 yards to a tight end Ben Sims with 7 minutes left to respond to Tech’s score.

The Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6) still had another chance after stopping Baylor in fourth at 12 with 1:18 and no timeouts left. They got centered for a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Garibai, who had plenty of leg but pushed the kick to the left in the final play. Garibai, who had been aged 13 out of 13 in field goals prior to this, had 62 yards at the end of the game to defeat Iowa State two weeks ago.

“Incredibly proud of our team, the fight they’ve shown,” Sonny Cumbie said of Saturday and all of his four games as interim head coach for Tech. “It’s so easy when things are going against you to take your ball and go home, take your ball and stop playing and stop fighting. And if anything, these kids did the exact opposite.”

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Donovan Smith was 16 of 23 passes for 262 yards with two late TD passes for the Red Raiders, who had only 108 yards prior to that in a 23-0 loss to Oklahoma State in their home final. This was the first time that Tech had closed in 303 games since 1997.

Smith 38 yards TD to Mannix McLane Leaving 11:37 cut the deficit to 20-17. Baylor responded with 10 matches that ended with a Shapen pass to Sims. Smith then threw a screen pass for tight end Travis Coates that turned out for 75 yards.

Chapin completed 20 of 34 passes that started in place of Jerry Bohannon, who injured his right hamstring late in the first half of his 20-10 win last week at Kansas State that Chabane finished.

Smith’s 4-yard TD came to lead 17-3 5 minutes before the break, five plays after the Texada Rally sacked Smith and forced Smith with a stumble he recovered from at Tech 24. Brooks’ tag had 1 yard of TD To trim Tech’s deficit in the first half to 17-10.

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Texas Tech: New Red Raiders coach Joey McGuire, who was in his fifth season on the Baylor staff prior to being hired three weeks ago, did not show up for the game. Combi, who will officiate their ball game, will remain on McGuire’s squad as offensive coordinator. …Texas Tech will have to win the bowl game to avoid losing the sixth consecutive record.

Baylor: The Bears’ unexpected loss in the TCU on November 6 ended with no effect on their standings in the Big 12 on the final day of the regular season. Even if they had won that game three weeks ago, Baylor should have won on Saturday and Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma. The Bears lost 24-14 at Oklahoma State on October 2, and beat the Sooners 27-14 at home two weeks earlier.

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Next weekend Texas Tech will find out who and where they will play in their first game since 2017.

Baylor had to wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s Bedlam game to determine whether the Bears would play in the Big 12 title match or if their next match would be a bowl.

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