Blake Szymanski tries to escape from Texas Tech's Paul Williams.
Nov. 4, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Graham Harrell threw for four touchdowns -- three of them to Joel Filani -- and 483 yards to lead Texas Tech to a 55-21 win over Baylor on Saturday.
It was the second straight week Harrell has put up big passing numbers. Last week he threw for 519 yards in Tech's loss to Texas.
Baylor freshman Blake Szymanski made his first collegiate start, struggling at times to move the Bears (4-6, 3-3 Big 12). He completed 16 of 30 passes for 196 yards with an interception and a touchdown. He ran for two 3-yard scores.
Harrell threw to 10 different Tech receivers, but Filani was by far his favorite target. He caught touchdowns of 4, 32 and 76 yards and finished with 212 yards on eight catches. He had 120 of those in the first half; he came into the game averaging 89.3 receiving yards, 12th in the country.
It was Filani's third career three-touchdown game and second this year. The first was in a 42-26 win at Iowa State.
Szymanski replaced Shawn Bell, the nation's No. 4 passer, who is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Baylor's 31-21 loss to Texas A&M last week.
Harrell was 35-of-52 with one interception and was replaced by backup Chris Todd with Tech leading 52-21 midway through the fourth quarter.
Tech (6-4, 3-3), not known for a strong running attack, got a career-high 125 yards on 10 carries from Shannon Woods, whose previous best was 104 yards against SMU early in the season.
Tech had a season-best 682 total yards.
The Red Raiders had the game in hand by halftime, leading the Bears 28-14.
Baylor had kept it fairly close early on. A fourth-down try by Tech late in the first quarter translated into a quick score for Baylor. On fourth-and-5 from Baylor's 44, Harrell was hurried and threw an incompletion. On the first play after taking over on downs, Szymanski hit Trent Shelton along the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown to tie it 7-7.
The Bears' only lead, 14-7, came early in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Szymanski. The score came one play after Baylor defensive back James Todd intercepted a Harrell pass and returned it 25 yards.
The Red Raiders took control by scoring three touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the first half. Woods started the spurt with a 34-yard run to tie the score, and the first two Harrell-to-Filani touchdowns put Tech ahead for good.
Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda had two 60-yard punts and set an NCAA record with his 89th punt of longer than 50 yards. Brian Smith of Mississippi had 86 from 1983 to '86. The 60-yarders were the 20th and 21st of Sepulveda's career.