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Baylor falls to Texas Tech University, 42-17

Nov. 9, 2004

By DREW WILLIAMSON, sports writer

LUBBOCK -- Coming off a miraculous win against Texas A&M University, the Baylor football team failed to upset yet another Big 12 Conference foe on Saturday, losing 42-17 to Texas Tech University.

The Bears got off to a quick start, as sophomore wide receiver Trent Shelton caught a swing pass, which was later called a lateral, from sophomore quarterback Shawn Bell on only the third play of the game, and took it 71 yards for the score, as Baylor took an early 7-0 lead.

"First, I just turned up field, and I was just trying to get the first down," Shelton said. "But then I saw J Fields had a good block. After I turned the corner, Marques Roberts had a good block. When I turned to the right, Dominique Zeigler came through on the end of the run. I got good blocking from everyone on that play."

Later in the first quarter, after the Red Raiders scored on a rushing touchdown by Taurean Henderson, which tied the game, the Bears were able to muster an 11-play drive which ended in a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Kenny Webb, and took a 10-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

Both defenses dominated the second quarter, but with just seven seconds left in the first half, Cumbie was able to find wide receiver Trey Haverty in the corner of the end zone as time expired. The Red Raiders took a 14-10 lead into the half, marking the third time in the last four games that Baylor has allowed points on its opponent's last possession of the half.

"Right before the half the last few games we haven't been very good," head Coach Guy Morriss said. "Whatever little bit of steam we may have had, we felt it just go out on us."

Steam or no steam, the Bears were still in the game going into the second half, only down four points to a team that was favored by 31 points. The Red Raiders were able to march down the field on their first possession and Cumbie hooked up with wide receiver Danny Amendola for a 16-yard touchdown, making it 21-10.

"If we would have stopped them at the start of the third quarter, we would have won," junior safety Willie Andrews said. "Even at the half we felt we were still in the game."

Texas Tech was able to figure out the scheme of Baylor's defense in the second half and Cumbie was able to get going, and the Red Raiders were able to score 35 unanswered points before the Bears scored on their last possession of the game.

The Baylor offense never got going in the second half, putting up only 96 total yards of offense in the second half, 79 of which came on the last drive of the half against Tech's second-string defense.

"In the second half, we couldn't put any drives together," senior running back Anthony Krieg said. "It kept our defense on the field too long and they got tired."

Morriss was disappointed that he didn't see the same energy he saw from his team last week in its upset of Texas A&M.

"I didn't see the same team as last week; there wasn't the same energy," Morriss said. "I didn't get the sense that we were too excited to play today."

Baylor will try to get back on track this week as they prepare to take on Oklahoma State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Stillwater.

"We have two games left; we can't rest now," senior linebacker Justin Crooks said. "We have two games left to play, and then we can go rest."