No. 9 Baylor still has the 12 biggest titles after beating Tech
Waco, Texas Baylor coach Dave Aranda was well aware of the big 12 implications for his ninth-place Bears side in a game score later in the evening. In many ways, that didn’t really matter to him.
Blake Chapin threw 254 yards and two touchdowns on his first start, Abram Smith ran for 117 yards with a score and the Bears held out Texas Tech 27-24 on Saturday for their 10th win, which kept their hopes of a big win. 12 championship matches for the second time in three seasons.
Then came the awaited Bedlam match between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Oklahoma.
“I’m always, things you can’t control, you can’t control,” Aranda said instead, praising his team for how they’ve grown since making their 2-7 debut last year.
“I think about these things, and so I think we are winners in that way,” Aranda said. “All of these things will be extra.”
Oklahoma State, who beat Baylor 24-14 in October, was already in its first Big 12 title match. A Cowboys victory over six-times Big 12 holders Oklahoma would put Baylor (10-2, 7-2 Big 12, CFP No. 8) in next Saturday’s game 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.”
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 was on the 13th of 13 on-field goals prior to that, had 62 yards left 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 Tech coach. “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.”
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.
Abram’s Smith’s 4-yard team came in to lead 17-3 5 minutes before halftime with five plays after the Texada Rally sacked Donovan Smith and forced a stumble on Tech 24. Brooks’ tag had 1 yard of TD To trim Tech’s deficit in the first half to 17-10.
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 will officiate the bowl match and remain on McGuire’s crew as offensive coordinator. … Texas Tech has to win the bowl game to avoid losing the sixth consecutive record.
Baylor: The Big 12 Bears suffered an unexpected 30-28 loss in the TCU on November 6. Aranda scored a field goal at the end of the 27-14 win over Oklahoma two weeks ago which would have potentially been important in the tiebreak based on the points difference, but that didn’t come into play in the end. The Sooners’ loss on Saturday night would be their second in the Big 12 and Baylor win the head-to-head tiebreak.
Combi said “10 times out of 10” he wanted Garibai to try this field goal at the end of the game.
“We didn’t get our way,” Combi said. “It’s the reason we’re really 6-6 and go to the ball game.”
Garibay’s kick at the end of an Iowa State game that earned the Tech Bowl qualified for the longest last minute game of an FBS game. He also had a field goal from 32 yards with 18 seconds left in a 23-20 win over West Virginia on October 2.
Next weekend Texas Tech will find out who and where they will play in their first game since 2017.
Baylor had to wait to see if her next match was for the Big 12 title or a pot one.
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