Tech didn’t manage the upset, but the Red Raiders did manage to score more points against Baylor than any other team the Bears have faced thus far. And a few guys had really good showings against the top five team. Let’s take a look at them.
Offensive player of the game: Eric Ward and Jace Amaro. Both had touchdowns, and both contributed in important ways. Eric Ward made an amazing one-armed catch for a Red Raider touchdown. He also had 82 receiving yards. Jace Amaro got things going from the start with back-to-back touchdowns.
Defensive player of the game: Will Smith. Smith seemed to make all the tackles. He recorded 13 solo tackles and assisted with three more. That’s more than double any other defensive player for Texas Tech. That’s the most tackles by a single player since Dwayne Slay in the 2005 matchup against Baylor.
Freshman of the game: Justis Nelson. The true freshman had five tackles and broke up three passes. The break ups came at crucial times. I can’t wait to see how this kid develops over the next few years.
With one more game before the bowl, Texas Tech has one more chance to improve their record. Let’s see if these guys show up to play some more or if we’ll have three new players of the game. Wreck ‘em!