The Good: For the first time in several games, the Red Raiders came out hot to start the game, scoring touchdowns on 3 consecutive drives and handing Baylor it’s first double digit deficit of the season. The first 12 minutes of the game couldn’t have gone any better for the Red Raiders as Baker Mayfield threw touchdown passes to Kenny Williams, Jace Amaro, and Eric Ward and the Red Raider defense provided stops on 2/3 Baylor drives to start the game, giving Texas Tech a 20-7 lead with 3:38 remaining in the 1st quarter. It wouldn’t last, but the Red Raiders offense ended the day with 458 yards of offense and touchdown passes to Williams, Amaro, Ward, and Reginald Davis.
The Bad: Just as quickly as Tech found themselves leading the # 5 team in the nation, it rapidly disappeared as Baylor forced Texas Tech into a 3-and-out, and on the ensuing punt the Bears took it to paydirt to cut the deficit to 20-14. Things would get worse for the Red Raiders, as on their very next possession Baker Mayfield threw an interception and it took only one play for Bryce Petty to hit Antwan Goodley for a 31 yard touchdown, sucking any momentum the Red Raiders had out of them and giving the Bears a 21-20 lead as the 1st quarter ended after it seemed like the Red Raiders may have had Baylor on the ropes.
The Ugly: As has been the case all season, Texas Tech couldn’t help but to give turnovers to the other team, and when you are playing offenses that don’t need help scoring all you are doing is digging a huge hole for a defense that doesn’t need any more adversity to hit them. Baker Mayfield threw an interception and fumbled and Kenny Williams fumbled as well as Texas Tech was outscored 56-14 over the final 48 minutes of the game Saturday night.