Baylor-Texas Tech: Red Raiders Try to Rebound, Knock off Bears

John BaucumCorrespondent INovember 28, 2008


Coming off a disappointing loss, Texas Tech enters its season finale eager to prove it is a much better team than the one that played in Norman last week. However, the normally tame Baylor Bears will present plenty of challenges.

New head coach Art Briles has Baylor playing well. Dynamic freshman QB Robert Griffin is playing really well and has many weapons at his disposal in Baylor's version of the spread offense.


Baylor Passing

The aforementioned Griffin is a true talent for the Bears. His running and passing abilities make him one of the top young players in the talented Big 12.

On the year, Griffin has completed 148-252 passes (58.7%) for 2,000 yards with 14 TDs and 2 INTs. He has also rushed 155 times for 744 yards (4.8 YPC) and 11 TDs.


Baylor Rushing

Jay Finley is the leading RB for the Bears with 134 attempts for 760 yards (5.7 YPC) and 7 TDs. Next is Jacoby Jones with 45 rushes for 192 yards (4.3 YPC) with 5 TDs.

Receiver Kendall Wright has 28 carries for 165 yards (5.9 YPC) and 1 score. Jeremy Sanders has 34 attempts for 128 yards (3.8 YPC) 1 TD. Ray Sims has 29 attempts for 122 yards (4.2 YPC) and 1 TD.


Baylor Receiving

Kendall Wright leads Baylor's receiving corps with 47 catches for 635 yards (13.5 YPC) with 5 scores. Thomas White is next with 31 grabs for 346 yards (11.2 YPC) and 2 scores.

David Gettis has 27 receptions for 369 yards (13.7 YPC), but with scores. Justin Akers has 13 catches for 158 yards (12.2 YPC) and 2 scores. Brad Taylor has 8 catches for 93 yards (11.6 YPC) and 1 TD.

Ernest Smith has 6 catches for 174 yards (29 YPC) and 2 scores. Justin Fenty has 6 catches for 50 yards (8.3 YPC) and 1 TD. Jay Finley has 6 catches for 135 yards (22.5 YPC) and 2 scores.


Texas Tech Passing

Graham Harrell leads the Red Raiders offense. On the season, Harrell has completed 365-518 for 4.438 yards with 39 TDs and 6 INTs. In his final game at the friendly confines of Jones AT&T, fans should expect the senior leader to be razor sharp.

Harrell has had a stellar career; with only one more regular season game to go, the gunslinger's final game will no doubt be a great performance.


Texas Tech Rushing

The Oklahoma game marked the first time all season that the Red Raider rushing attack did not reach the 100 yard mark in a game in this season. Texas Tech must run the football successfully to keep the Baylor defense from dropping back extra defenders in pass coverage. 

Senior Shannon Woods leads Texas Tech's rushing attack with 124 carries for 627 yards (5.1 YPC) with 11 TDs.

Baron Batch is next with 101 rushes for 714 yards (7.1 YPC) with 5 scores.

Receiver Eric Morris has six carries for 34 yards (5.7 YPC) with two scores. Aaron Crawford has 8 carries for 26 yards (3.3 YPC) with one score.


Texas Tech Receiving

Senior Day for the Red Raiders will also mark the final home appearance for sophomore WR Michael Crabtree. His two remarkable seasons at Texas Tech have caught the eye of NFL talent scouts and most expect Texas Tech's game-breaking WR to be a first round selection in April's NFL Draft.

It will be a bittersweet moment for Texas Tech fans. But, there's no doubt that Mike Leach has the next great WR either on the way or already playing for the Red Raiders!

Crabtree paces Tech's receivers with 84 receptions for 1,072 yards (12.8 YPC) and 18 TDs. Detron Lewis is next with 62 receptions for 801 yards (12.9 YPC) and 2 scores.

Eric Morris is next with 60 receptions for 655 yards (10.9 YPC) and 7 TDs. Tramain Swindall follows him 40 catches for 506 yards (12.7 YPC) and 2 TDs.

Batch throws in 37 grabs for 406 yards (11.0 YPC) and 1 score. Edward Britton has 29 catches for 482 yards (16.6 YPC) and 4 scores. Shannon Woods, Lyle Leong, Adam James, and Ryan Hale have combined to score seven TDs.



Like last week, Mike Leach faces a former colleague. Baylor coach Art Briles spent two season's at Texas Tech as the running backs' coach.

Briles' familiarity with Texas Tech's might help him plan for the game, but he simply doesn't have the defensive talent to slow down Tech's offensive attack.

Coming off the season's first loss, it will be interesting to see how Texas Tech responds. Expect Mike Leach to have the Red Raiders ready to play.



Baylor 27

Texas Tech 56