Texas Tech raids Baylor Homecoming, 28-0Nov. 1, 2005
by JORDAN DANIEL, reporter
Missed opportunities ruled the day for Baylor football Saturday as the Bears fell to Texas Tech University 28-0 before a homecoming crowd of 43,525 at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Facing a key third down from Texas Tech's 5-yard line, junior quarterback Shawn Bell lofted a pass to junior wide receiver Dominique Zeigler for an apparent Baylor touchdown.
However, officials ruled the pass to be incomplete after they reviewed the play.
Two plays later, after the Red Raiders were flagged for running into the kicker, junior tailback Paul Mosley was stopped just inches from the goal line on fourth down, turning the ball over on downs.
After yet another review, officials again confirmed the call on the field, and Texas Tech took over in the shadows of their own goal posts.
The offense was unable to take advantage of strong defense and special teams and was unable to convert excellent field position into any points.
"We've been beaten before, but a game like this hurts your feelings," junior cornerback C.J. Wilson said. "Tech was averaging like 52 points a game, and we held them to six going into the fourth quarter. This is heartbreaking, but we just have to get back to work and get ready for Texas."
Baylor's offense began drives twice in Texas Tech's territory in the first three quarters.
In the second quarter, junior cornerback Anthony Arline intercepted Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges and returned the pick to the Raiders' 32-yard line.
Following a run for 2 yards by Mosley, Bell was called for intentional grounding and was caught by Texas Tech defensive end Brett Bischofberger when he tried to scramble for first down.
"We moved the ball, but we just didn't put the ball in the end zone when it mattered," Bell said. "We just didn't execute."
In the third quarter, senior outside safety and kick returner Willie Andrews returned a Red Raiders' punt 13 yards to the Texas Tech 45-yard line.
After moving the ball to the Texas Tech 34-yard line, Bell was intercepted for the second time in the game by Red Raiders' defensive back Vincent Meeks.
"Nobody was having any fun," Morriss said. "We weren't playing with much emotion and energy. How does half your team play with a lot of passion and energy and the other doesn't?"
Texas Tech's high-flying attack came into Waco as one of the best in the country. Quarterback Cody Hodges averaged almost 400 yards passing per contest, but the stingy Baylor secondary was able to limit him to 264 yards on 44 attempts.
"We knew man to man that their receivers were not better than us," Wilson said. "We just tried our hardest, and the defensive line did a remarkable job. The kudos should go to them."
The once much-maligned Red Raider defense limited the Bears to 325 yards of offense and pitched its first road shutout since the Big 12 began 10 years ago.
"If we had gotten anything going offensively, the fourth quarter wouldn't have gotten out of hand like it did," Morriss said. "You put your defense back out there and they're supposed to get them stopped, but there's only so much you can ask of them."
The Bears still sit two wins away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.