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Texas Tech Hands FB Loss in Finale

Blake Szymanski threw for 234 yards and rushed for another 43 yards in the loss.

Blake Szymanski threw for 234 yards and rushed for another 43 yards in the loss.

Nov. 28, 2009

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ARLINGTON, Texas--Needing a touchdown to tie the game in the closing minutes, Blake Szymanski marched Baylor down to the 5-yard line before running out of downs in a 20-13 loss to Texas Tech Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

Baylor's defense held the Red Raiders (8-4, 5-3 Big 12) to their fewest points in a victory since beating Texas A&M 12-0 in November 2001. It was the third-fewest points in a victory in coach Mike Leach's 10-year tenure.

Texas Tech came in averaging 38.2 points, seventh-best in the nation, but looked nothing like an offensive juggernaut. The Red Raiders didn't score until getting a field goal with four seconds remaining in the first quarter. Other than back-to-back touchdowns in less than two minutes during the third quarter, their only other points came on a pair of field goals.

Baylor (4-8, 1-7) started Szymanski at quarterback in his final game and he nearly pulled off the upset. He kept the Bears close all game, then had them at first-and-goal from the 10 late in the fourth quarter.

On fourth down from the 5, he scrambled to his right and threw behind receiver Ernest Smith. Even if Smith had caught it, he wasn't in the end zone, and two Tech players were near him.

Jay Finley led the Bears with 44 yards on 15 carries, while Szymanski rushed for 43 yards and threw for another 234 on 22-of-35 passing.

Senior linebacker Joe Pawelek recorded a game-high 12 tackles in his final game, and Antonio Johnson returned an interception 57 yards for the Bears.

David Gettis caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 57-yard reception on the Bears' first drive of the game. That reception led to a 25-yard field goal from Dary Stone, and the Bears extended their lead to 10-0 when Szymanski rushed in from one yard out for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Texas Tech looked poised to add a touchdown just before the half, but Baylor's defense came up with a goal-line stand to hold the Red Raiders to an 18-yard field goal and the Bears led 10-3 at the half. Texas Tech was held without a touchdown in the first half for just the second time in its last 30 games.

Stone added a career-best 40-yard field goal early in the third quarter, but Tech answered with a 6-yard TD pass from Taylor Potts to Lyle Leong that cut its deficit to 13-10.

Potts and Leong would connect again less than two minutes later, this time on a 12-yard TD pass that gave Tech its first lead at 17-13. Matt Williams put the final points on the board when he capped a 13-play, 54-yard drive with a 43-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

 

 

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