Today’s game was televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. It was Texas Tech’s third appearance on the network this season.
Today’s game marked the 79th all-time between Texas Tech and Baylor and the first at Jones AT&T Stadium since 2008.
Texas won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Red Raiders have now won the toss in only two of their last five games.
Texas Tech wore black helmets, red jerseys and red pants for the first time this season. Since 2009, the Red Raiders are now 4-1 in the combination.
Today’s game captain was Tony Bradford Jr. As part of Texas Tech’s entrance pregame, Travis Koontz carried the U.S. flag, while DaMarcus Fields ran out with the state of Texas flag.
Today’s attendance: 12,914.
Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Caleb Rogers, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Josh Burger, (QB) Henry Colombi, (RB) SaRodrick Thompson, (WR) KeSean Carter, (TE) Travis Koontz, (WR) Eric Ezukanma, (WR) Ja’Lynn Polk; (Defense) – (DE) Tyree Wilson, (T) Tony Bradford, (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (SAM) Riko Jeffers, (MIKE) Krishon Merriweather, (WILL) Colin Schooler, (CB) Zech McPhearson, (SPUR) Adam Beck, (CB) DaMarcus Fields, (S) Eric Monroe, (S) Dadrion Taylor.
TEXAS TECH’S WIN…
Gives Texas Tech a 3-5 overall record and an 2-5 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
Gives Texas Tech a 39-39-1 all-time record against Baylor, including a 24-14-1 mark in games played in Lubbock.
Gives Matt Wells a career record of 7-13 at Texas Tech.
Gives Matt Wells a 51-47 career record all-time as a head coach.
Gives Matt Wells a 1-1 career record all-time against Baylor.
TEXAS TECH’S TEAM NOTES
With the win, the Red Raiders are now a perfect 8-0 against Baylor at home during the Big 12 era. Texas Tech has now won 10-consecutive games over the Bears at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Jonathan Garibay’s 25-yard field goal to win the game marked the first time Texas Tech has ended regulation with a game-winning field goal since Ryan Bustin found the uprights from 28 yards out versus Minnesota in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
The victory marked the first time Texas Tech has won by a single point since edging Nevada, 35-34, early in the 2011 season. Tech was also forced to overcome a similar 14-point deficit in that win. It was the first time the Red Raiders had defeated a Big 12 opponent by a one-point margin since topping Kansas, 31-30, in Lawrence to open league play in 2004.
The Red Raiders were able to recover from an early 14-point deficit to pick up the 24-23 win. The win marked the first time Texas Tech has overcome a two-touchdown deficit since rallying from an early 20-0 setback at Kansas in 2011. The Red Raiders rallied to win that game, 45-34.
Texas Tech has now scored in 290-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that now ranks seventh nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference. The win pushed Texas Tech into sole possession for 10th all-time for the longest scoring streaks in FBS history as the Red Raiders moved past Tennessee’s run of 289-consecutive games with points from 1994-2017.
The Red Raiders have scored on three of their last four game opening drives, a trend that continued on Saturday thanks to Jonathan Garibay’s 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. Defensively, Tech has also held opponents scoreless on opening possessions in each of the last six games, and all but two games this season.
Texas Tech needed only five plays to find the end zone following Zech McPhearson’s interception in the third quarter. It marked the fourth time the Red Raiders had turned a takeaway into points so far this season and the first time since defeating West Virginia on Oct. 24.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Junior kicker Jonathan Garibay hit a 48 yard field goal on the Red Raiders’ first offensive possession to give Texas Tech a 3-0 lead. The field goal marked the first of Garibay’s career on his first career attempt. Garibay went on to finish the game 4-of-4 on field goals, including makes from 46, 48, 28 and a 25-yarder to win the game. It marked the most successful field goals for a Red Raider since Ryan Bustin also had four in a 2013 victory over Kansas. Garibay also handled punting duties in the victory, averaging an impressive 49.4 yards per boot.
Senior linebacker Riko Jeffers recorded his first solo sack of the season in the first half. He now has 6.5 sacks for his career and 1.5 for the season as it was part of seven tackles in the win.
Zech McPhearson intercepted his third pass of the season–and his second in as many weeks–in the third quarter on Saturday, setting up a Red Raider touchdown drive to cut the Baylor lead to 20-12. McPhearson has been involved in five of Tech’s seven takeaways this season, including a fumble recovery and blocked kick–both of which were returned for touchdowns.
Tahj Brooks added his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of the season in the second half, punching it in for a one-yard score in the third and then a two-yard touchdown in the fourth. It marked the first game of Brooks’ career with multiple touchdowns. Brooks now has four rushing touchdowns on the season, which is two shy of SaRodorick Thompson for the team high.
Colin Schooler recorded a season-high 11 tackles to power the Red Raider defense, including two that went for a loss. Schooler now has 48.5 tackles for a loss, which ranks second among active FBS players. He is now 6.5 tackles for a loss shy of ranking among the top 25 in FBS history as he trails Cincinnati’s Antwan Peek (2000-02) and Michigan’s Brandon Graham (2006-09) for 24th all-time.
Eric Monroe reached double digits for tackles (11) for the second time this season as he previously totaled 12 takedowns earlier this year at Iowa State.
KeSean Carter had seven catches in the game, his most since hauling in eight grabs for 52 yards against Kansas State early in the season.