Sept. 30, 2008
By Taylor Eastman, Media Relations Student Assistant
It was a breezy fall night at Floyd Casey Stadium and the Baylor Bears had high hopes of bringing their home record to 1-1. The Bears had fallen short to Mississippi State, 30-21, just two weeks prior to their matchup against Texas Tech.
On Sept. 30, 1995, Baylor took advantage of that opportunity to improve their record and defeated the Red Raiders, 9-7, in front of 40,000 fans.
Despite kicker Jarvis Van Dyke's poor performance in the past two games, head coach Chuck Reedy did not doubt his abilities for a second.
"We had confidence in Jarvis, we really did," Reedy said."We stuck with him and it paid off."
It certainly did pay off. Van Dyke was able to break his slump just eight minutes into the first quarter with a 33-yard field goal to give the Bears a 3-0 lead. With two minutes remaining in the quarter, Van Dyke successfully kicked a 32-yard field goal to provide Baylor with a six-point cushion going into the half.
Van Dyke increased the Bears' lead to 9-0 with just under four minutes left in the game with a 19-yard field goal.
The Bears strong defense continued to show throughout the second half but the Red Raiders weren't going to go down without a fight.
As the final seconds ticked off the game clock, Tech quarterback Zebbie Lethridge darted into the end zone for a touchdown. This particular drive not only put the Raiders on the scoreboard, it also diffused the Bears' hopes of the program's first back-to-back shutout games since 1956.
Although many were hoping for a shutout, senior linebacker LaCurtis Jones didn't let that overshadow their accomplishments that night.
"We really wanted the shutout," Jones said. "But as long as we win, that's all that matters."