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Baylor 33, Texas Tech 30

WACO, Texas - Backed up to his 1 after a sack and needing a field goal in the final two minutes to keep the Big 12's longest current winning streak alive, Charlie Brewer found a way to get Baylor another victory in its first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule.

Brewer drove the Bears 97 yards to the tying kick on the final play of regulation, JaMycal Hasty ran for the winning score in the second overtime and No. 22 Baylor joined Oklahoma atop the Big 12 with a 33-30 victory over Texas Tech.

Brewer was 24-of-37 passing for 352 yards, but threw his first three interceptions of the season. He ran for three touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in the first overtime. The Bears have won eight straight games going back to last season.

"I just feel like that's when the quarterback has to be at his best, when the game's on the line," Brewer said. "I made my handful of mistakes earlier in the game. But as a quarterback you've just got to let it go and realize you've got a chance to win the game."

Hasty's run came after Trey Wolff's 35-yard field goal for Texas Tech opened the second extra period, leaving the Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) tied with the sixth-ranked Sooners. They are the only two teams to win each of their first three Big 12 games.

Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2), playing its third consecutive Top 25 opponent, got to the second overtime when TJ Vasher made a diving 2-yard catch on a nice lob throw by Jett Duffey for his only TD pass.

Duffey finished 31 of 42 for 362 yards and two interceptions. R.J. Turner had seven catches for 138 yards.

"We took a big step last week," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said, referring to a win over Oklahoma State. "One could argue we didn't win this game, maybe you didn't take a step. But I think we did."

Texas Tech took a 20-17 lead on SaRodorick Thompson's second touchdown run, a 30-yarder with 1:37 left in regulation. Thompson finished with 28 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

"We matched blow for blow," Wells said. "That drive at the end of the game, with Jett and the crowd and the noise, it was precision. They threw and caught the ball. We made plays all the way down the field."

After getting back up to the 1, Brewer had five completions for 74 yards, including an incredible 19-yard catch along the sideline by Denzel Mims.

Baylor got to the 5 before taking two more shots at Mims in the end zone. He couldn't hold onto one in traffic and then drew a defensive holding call that put the ball at the 2 with 3 seconds remaining. John Mayers then kicked a tying 19-yard field goal.

"I thought you saw resolve, grit and toughness from our team," Rhule said. "To take it (97) yards, go down there and have a chance to score. It was truly a shootout in every sense of the word. Proud that we won it."

Both teams had more than 500 total yards - 510 for Tech and 525 for Baylor. Both also had three turnovers.

Associated Press


October 12, 2019

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