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(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Texas Tech 45, Baylor 38
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Taylor Potts threw for 462 yards and four touchdowns, helping lift the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 45-38 win over the Baylor Bears in a Big 12 showdown at the Cotton Bowl.
Texas Tech (3-2, 1-2 Big 12) has now won 15 straight in the head-to-head series against Baylor. Potts completed 42-of-59 passes, including 15 in a row during one stretch in the first half. Detron Lewis hauled in 11 passes for 95 yards and a score, while Alexander Torres had seven catches for 82 yards and a pair of TDs. Baron Batch had 123 total yards and two scores.
Robert Griffin threw for two touchdowns and ran for another two for Baylor (4-2, 1-1), finishing with 384 yards on 31-of-42 passing. Kendall Wright notched 11 catches for 14 yards and a TD in the loss.
Griffin got the scoring started with a one-yard touchdown plunge at the 9:24 mark of the opening quarter, capping an 11-play, 82-yard opening drive.
Texas Tech answered right back with a nine-play, 80-yard drive, punctuated by Eric Stephens' 10-yard touchdown scamper.
The Red Raiders then tried to catch Baylor off guard with an onside kick, but Terrance Ganaway was ready, as he scooped up the ball and returned it 38 yards for a TD.
Later in the first quarter, Texas Tech tied the score at 14-14 on a one-yard touchdown pass from Potts to Torres.
Baylor reclaimed the lead with 11:52 remaining in the second quarter, when Griffin found Josh Gordon for a 34-yard scoring strike.
But Texas Tech responded less than a minute later, as Batch broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run.
The Red Raiders took a 28-21 lead midway through the quarter on a three-yard touchdown pass from Potts to Torres.
Potts wasn't done there, as he extended TTU's lead to 35-21 on a 10-yard scoring strike to Lewis with 1:38 to play until halftime.
The rapid scoring pace continued only seconds later, as Griffin hooked up with Wright for a 62-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 35-28.
The Red Raiders opened the second half with an 11-play, 53-yard drive, but they had to settle for three points on a 30-yard field goal by Matt Williams.
TTU pushed the margin to 45-28 midway through the third quarter on a seven- yard touchdown pass from Potts to Batch.
Baylor answered with 31-yard field goal by Aaron Jones at the 3:48 mark of the third quarter, capping a 10-play, 58-yard drive.
The Bears trimmed the deficit to 45-38 with 14:11 to play in the fourth quarter, as Griffin found the end zone on a two-yard run. However, the Red Raider defense held its ground the rest of the way to keep Baylor out of the end zone.
With the win, Texas Tech avoided its first-ever 0-3 start in Big 12 play.
10/09 16:55:34 ET