Another Rout 66 for Texas Tech

Texas Tech’s most frustrating season had a fitting finish: A

rare loss to Baylor that gave the Red Raiders their first losing

season in nearly two decades.

Even with their Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Robert

Griffin III watching from the sideline after halftime because of an

apparent concussion, the 21st-ranked Bears raced to a 66-42 victory

Saturday against the Red Raiders.

Tech had won 15 games in the series since the two teams became

Big 12 members.

”This is as frustrating as it gets. We didn’t meet the

expectations we had for ourselves,” junior quarterback Seth Doege

said. ”When your season doesn’t end on a high note, you feel bad

for the seniors. I feel like I like I let them down

personally.”

Nick Florence filled in aptly for Griffin, throwing for 151

yards and two long TDs after halftime. Terrance Ganaway ran 42

times for 246 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.

Baylor (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) set a school mark for most points in a

conference game – Big 12 or the Southwest Conference for decades

before that – but was already ahead to stay when Griffin scored on

a 3-yard keeper just before halftime. That score came after he was

on the sideline for one play after taking an elbow to the helmet

while sliding at the end of a run.

”I’m excited. I’ve got a smile on my face,” Griffin said. ”I

only got to play half of the game, but I tried to contribute as

much as I could.”

Texas Tech (5-7, 2-7) finished with its first losing record

since 1992. The Red Raiders lost their last five games after a

41-38 upset last month at Oklahoma, which Baylor beat at home last

week.

”To not be able to enjoy a bowl game or a winning season is

definitely some motivation going into the offseason because you

definitely don’t want to let that happen again,” Doege said.

Griffin stood on the sideline after halftime holding a towel and

watching as the Bears reached eight wins for the first time since

1991.

Though Griffin wanted to play, Baylor medical officials took

away his helmet before the second half.

”We got in at halftime, he had a little trouble remembering

what was going on,” coach Art Briles said. ”We were going to be

cautious because that’s the right thing to do. Robert’s a tough

guy. He wanted to go. … But he didn’t need to go.”

Florence threw a 46-yard TD to Kendall Wright and a 40-yarder to

Terrance Williams before Joe Williams returned an interception 90

yards to push Baylor ahead 52-28.

”It was a team win. I’m still kind of taking it all in right

now,” said Florence, the primary starter after Griffin got hurt

only three games into the 2009 season.

Griffin had scrambled from one side of the field to the other

and slid inside the 5 with a first down when defensive back

Cornelius Douglas came in hard with an elbow that knocked Griffin’s

head back to the turf. The quarterback remained flat on his back

for a couple of moments before coming out of the game for a play.

He then returned for his second touchdown run to make it 31-21.

The two teams combined for 108 points and 1,061 total yards at

Cowboys Stadium, where Baylor outgained the Red Raiders 617 to 444.

The Bears had 294 before halftime with Griffin.

”It was pretty much tonight like it’s gone the rest of the

year. We just haven’t been able to stop anybody on defense,” said

coach Tommy Tuberville, whose team also gave up 66 points against

Oklahoma State earlier this month. ”They’ve got a good football

team. We tried everything in the world to get our offense back on

the field. We made a game of it for three and half quarters.”

Doege completed 41 of 55 passes for 355 yards and three

touchdowns with two interceptions. Eric Ward set a Tech single-game

record with 16 catches for 151 yards.

Baylor scored on its first five drives, including Griffin’s

33-yard TD pass on fourth down to Wright, who caught the ball in

the middle of the field at the 25 and spun away from a defender to

sprint to the end zone for a 10-0 lead.

The Red Raiders were within 17-14 after going 74 yards on 10

completions by Doege. Six were to Ward, the last for a 2-yard

TD.

A couple of plays after Baylor got the ball back, officials were

blowing the whistle for a false start when safety Terrance Bullitt

came from Griffin’s blindside and undercut his legs, knocking the

quarterback to the ground. That drew a personal foul penalty, and

the drive eventually ended with a 4-yard TD by Ganaway.

Tech then used a little trickery to score quickly. Backup

quarterback Jacob Karam, wearing a No. 85 jersey instead of his

normal No. 3, lined up as a receiver and went in motion. He took a

pitch from Doege and then threw a 43-yard TD to Darrin Moore, who

later caught a 1-yard TD from Doege.

The Red Raiders then recovered an onside kick. But they failed

to get a first down and punted.

That led to the wild 12-play drive on which Griffin got hurt.

Both teams called a timeout before a fourth-and-7 play, but Tech

was called for delay of game – and Tuberville was then flagged for

unsportsmanlike conduct when he protested, giving Baylor a first

down without having to snap the ball.