Saturday’s game between Texas Tech and Baylor features two programs that are looking to rebound. The Red Raiders have lost two in a row, and the Bears find themselves mired in a five-game slump.
Baylor's coaches like to think that they run the same offense as Texas Tech. However, an analysis of the two teams reveals that Baylor is a little off in that assessment.
The Bears will be led by sophomore QB Blake Szymanski. He’s has battled injuries and inconsistency this season. Baylor has played five different people at QB this year, but Szymanski appears to be their best option. He has completed 185-338 passes for 2,147 yards, adding 17 TD’s and 13 INT’s.
Brandon Whitaker is Baylor’s leading rusher. He has 73 carries for 255 yards and 1 TD this season. Behind him, Jay Finley has 50 carries for 191 yards and 2 TD’s.
Next on the list is the Szymanski, who has 41 carries for 131 and one trip to the end zone. Jacoby Jones has 21 carries for 73 yards, but no TD’s. No other ball carrier has more than six rushing attempts.
16 different players have caught a pass for Guy Morriss’ version of the spread offense. RB Whitaker leads Baylor in receptions in addition to his running duties. He has 37 catches for 299 yards and 2 TD’s this season.
Justin Akers is just behind Whitaker with 36 receptions. However, he’s done more with his touches—397 yards and 4 TD’s.
Redshirt freshman Brad Taylor is emerging for the Bears. He has 27 catches for 357 yards and 2 scores. Sophomore David Gettis has 25 catches for 356 yards, but no scores.
Former walk-on Thomas White has 16 grabs for 232 yards and 4 TD’s. Krys Buerck (2), Earmest Smith, Jay Finley, Jacoby Jones, and Keegan Van round out Baylor’s receiving TD’s with one apiece.
Texas Tech Passing
8—that’s the number worn by Cowboys great Troy Aikman and former Tech QB Zebbie Lethridge. However, the number is a lot more painful for Tech fans this week because that is exactly how many interceptions QB Graham Harrell has thrown in the last two games.
On the other hand, Harrell has thrown 35 TD’s this season, as compared to 38 all of last year. He has completed 348-478 passes for 3,979 yards with 35 TD’s and 11 INT’s.
Texas Tech Rushing
True freshman Aaron Crawford will get the start again this week. On the season he has rushed 21 times for 89 yards but no scores. Obviously, the youngster has been impressing the coaches.
He carried the ball twice against Colorado and one of them was a 29-yard gain. He has some things to learn as far as blocking and where to go in certain formations, but it appears that the young man has a very bright future at Tech.
Shannon Woods leads the Raiders in attempts at 84, but may not see the field very much the rest of this season. With those 84 touches, Woods has gained 439 yards and has 8 TD’s.
Kobey Lewis is next with 33 rushes for 126 yards and 2 scores. Speedy WR Ed Britton has 7 rushes for 42 yards but no scores. QB Harrell has 3 scores on short yardage plays to round out Tech’s rushing scores.
Texas Tech Receiving
Early in the season, all the experts were reserving judgment on freshman WR Michael Crabtree because they wanted to see how he performed against better competition. So far the results have been mixed. However, Crabtree picked up last week with 12 catches for 131 yards and one score.
On the season, Crabtree has 100 catches for 1,451 yards and 18 TD’s. He continues to lead the nation in all three categories. Danny Amendola is next with 78 catches for 906 yards and 5 TD’s.
Eric Morris has 47 catches for 522 yards and 5 scores. Grant Walker (3), Edward Britton, Shannon Woods and Detron Lewis (2 each), and Lyle Leong (1), finish Texas Tech’s receiving scores.
Texas Tech and Baylor both need a win. However, unlike Colorado and Missouri, Baylor just doesn’t have the talent to hang with the Red Raiders. Similar to what Texas Tech did for A&M coach Dennis Franchione, a Red Raider win Saturday could help Guy Morriss sell his house in Waco.
It is rumored in Bear country that BU legend Mike Singletary has been talking to school officials. Mike Leach and the Red Raiders should move the ball all day on a demoralized Baylor defense.
Texas Tech 48, Baylor 28