FB heads to Lubbock to face Texas Tech

WACO, Texas — The Baylor Bears open a two-game road swing, traveling to Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday in a game that starts at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 at Jones AT&T Stadium. The game is featured by Clay Matvik (play-by-play), Rocky Boiman (analyst), and Dawn Davenport (sideline) on ESPN2. The Learfield-based Baylor Sports Network will also broadcast the game, with the Voice of the Bears, John Morris on play-by-play, along with JJ Joe (analyst) and Ricky Thompson (sidelines). Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12 Conference) will face Texas Tech (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) in the third consecutive game played at a home location, after the two teams have played 10 times in a row. played in Dallas or Arlington. The Bears will be looking for their first Lubbock win since 1990 and a 10-game losing streak at Texas Tech. The Bears are coming off a 35-23 win over Kansas on Saturday, with Baylor leading a 28-3 halftime and finishing with 273 yards rushing. BU saw freshman Richard Reese — who ranks second of all NCAA freshmen in rushing TDs and yards — roll to career heights in carry (31) and yards (186) on a windy afternoon at McLane Stadium, opening up the possibilities for pitching games. limited. QB Blake Shapen has increased his season passing yards total to 1,608 yards after throwing 164 yards and a score and is among the BU single season record holders in passing efficiency (155.7) and completion percentage (68.1 ). Baylor’s defense came to its fifth game in seven attempts, rushing an opponent under 100 yards, limiting Kansas to 56 yards on the ground. It marks the second consecutive season that the BU has rushed at least five opponents to under 100 yards in a game and is tied for third in Baylor’s single-season history. BU handed just 11 first to Kansas and held football for over 40 minutes, the most time in possession in a game since at least 2006. SERIES HISTORY • Baylor leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 40-39- 1 but Tech leads the series in games played in Lubbock, 24-14-1. The Bears have won three of their last four games with Texas Tech and eight of their last 11 games. • The Red Raiders and the Bears have resumed a home-and-home series after 10 consecutive encounters in Arlington or Dallas, with the Bears holding a 7-3 record in those encounters. • Baylor looks for its first Lubbock win since 1990, a run of 10 consecutive encounters. Baylor’s last win in Lubbock was a 21-15 win in 1990. CONNECTING THE TEAMS • Texas Tech and Baylor have several connections, most notably that Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire spent the last five seasons on Baylor’s coaching staff (2017 -21). His tenure included two head coaches, including Matt Rhule and Dave Aranda, and saw him serve the Bears in a variety of roles, including as assistant head coach/outside linebackers coach under Aranda, as the defensive ends and associate head coach in 2019, and as the tight ends -coach in 2017-18. • Texas Tech Inside linebackers coach Josh Bookbinder was a quality control coach for the Bears for the past three seasons and also was a student assistant from 2007-08 before joining the Red Raiders. He is the grandson of legendary Baylor head coach Grant Teaff. • Technical Tight End Coach Josh Cochran was Baylor’s Quality Control Coach in 2019 after two seasons as a graduate assistant on the offensive line (2017-18). • Texas Tech chief strength coach Lance Barilow was Baylor’s senior associate director of athletic performance in 2021. Student-Athlete Development in 2018, Director of Football Administration in 2019 and Director of Football Activities under Aranda in 2020. • Director of Player Personnel at Texas Tech, James Blanchard, served as Director of Recruitment at Baylor in 2019 and 2020 and as Assistant Director of Athletics for Scouting in 2021. • Brian Nance, Texas Tech’s director of scouting, spent three years on the Baylor staff in 2019 as assistant director of football operations and the previous two seasons as associate director of player personnel. He played with Baylor from 2014-17, where he saw action in 38 games with 10 defensive starts, totaling 33 tackles, 8.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks in 2017. • Baylor Assistant AD for Football Scouting, Aaron Hunt , was an All-American and All-Big 12 defensive lineman at Texas Tech (1999-2002). Hunt set the Texas Tech and Big 12 record with 34 career sacks. He joined the Baylor staff in January 2021 as a recruiting and hiring assistant. FINAL MEETING • The Bears recorded a thrilling 27-24 win over Texas Tech at McLane Stadium last year, a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game and a perfect 7-0 season at home on the year. Baylor saw Texas Tech miss a 53-meter field goal into the wind that would have pushed the game into extra time, the first missed field goal of the year for Tech’s Jonathan Garibay, who had drilled a 62-meter field goal two weeks earlier on the last game of the game to beat Iowa State. • The win set McLane for the Bears in a 7-0 record, their first unbeaten season at home since 2013, at Floyd Casey Stadium, and pushed Baylor to its second Big 12 Championship game in the past three years, a title that BU would claim over Oklahoma State the following weekend. • Baylor raced to a 17-3 lead and a 17-10 lead at halftime, receiving a 61-yard TD from Blake Shapen to Trestan Ebner and a four-yard TD run from Abram Smith. Shapen found Ben Sims from nine yards for a 27-17 lead with seven minutes to go, but Tech narrowed the margin and brought in late action with a 75-yard TD attack with 6:40 to go. • Shapen threw 254 yards on 20 of 34 passes, while Smith rushed 30 times for 117 yards and a score. Ebner caught four balls for 118 yards. Tech’s Donovan Smith threw for 262 yards and two TDs, Tahj Brooks rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a TD, and Travis Koontz caught five balls for 117 yards and a score. Terrel Bernard had eight tackles, including two for a loss, to lead the BU defense. EXPLORE THE RED RAIDERS • Texas Tech is led by Baylor assistant coach Joey McGuire, who leads the Red Raiders in his first year. Tech has won four of its first seven games, including wins over Houston and Texas, both in overtime, and most recently a loss to West Virginia on Saturday 48-10. • The Red Raiders broke a two-game losing streak with the defeat of WVU on Saturday, receiving two TD passes from Behren Morton and two TD rushes from Tahj Brooks. The game was never in doubt, as Tech led 31-10 after three quarters and scored 17 in the fourth. • Kenny Perry serves as associate head coach/special teams coordinator/running backs coach for McGuire, with Tim Deruyter as defensive coordinator and Zach Kittley as offensive coordinator and QB coach. Deruyter comes to Texas Tech after a long stint on the West Coast, where he was the head coach of Fresno State from 2012-16, the defensive coordinator at Cal from 2017-20, and a year ago as the Oregon DC. Kittley has co-ordinated some of the most offensive strikes in college football in the past two years, in Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky, returning to Lubbock having previously worked under Kliff Kingsbury from 2013-17. • TTU has seen Donovan Smith and Morton split time below center, with Smith throwing 1,505 yards and 12 TDs – up to seven interceptions – and Morton had five TDs and 886 yards in six games. SaRodorick Thompson leads the team with 369 yards rushing and six TDs, while Brooks has six TDs and 322 yards on the ground. Xavier White has 31 grabs for 409 yards and three TDs, Myles Price has 31 catches for 309 yards and two TDs, and Jerand Bradley has 27 grabs for 359 yards and three scores. Defensively, Krishon Meriweather has a team-high 55 tackles, Tyree Wilson has 41 tackles, 9.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. Reggie Pearson owns two interceptions and Malik Dunlap has a team leading eight pass breakups. BEARS RUN CHANCE IN HOMECOMING SHOWDOWN • Baylor used a vigorous running game to score a homecoming win over upstart Kansas, extending BU’s winning streak to 13 consecutive times against the Jayhawks. The Bears held a 28-3 lead at halftime behind TDs from Monaray Baldwin, Richard Reese, Kyron Drones and Jordan Nabors. • Reese made his first career start, rolling to career heights in rushes (31) and yards (186), while getting double pay. He capped off a seven-play, 69-yard drive with a two-yard tote to take Baylor’s lead to 12 points with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter, cementing the win after Kansas scored 20 unanswered to the second half. to open. • Shapen threw 164 yards and scored on a windy day that made passing a challenge. BU also got 71 yards rushing on nine carries from Qualan Jones. FOURTH-DOWN AGGRESSIVITY • Baylor under coach Dave Aranda is one of the most aggressive teams in college football in fourth place. The Bears are second nationally in the fourth attempt (16), only behind Texas Tech (20 attempts). • The Bears converted 69.6 percent of their fourth-down attempts, ranking ninth among teams that attempted double-digit fourth-down attempts. BEARS IN NATIONAL STAT RANKING • Baylor ranks among the nation’s top 30 leaders in 16 categories, including checking in at number 16 in hasty defense, number 18 in fouls scoring and passing efficiency, and number 28 in total offense. • Individually, Richard Reese ranks 14th in rushing TDs and 32nd in rushing yards. Blake Shapen ranks 28th in efficiency and 25th in completion rate. REESE OUTS • Baylor Freshman Runs Back Richard Reese is off to a hot start to his collegiate career, leading the Bears in his first seven NCAA games. • Reese has 660 yards rushing over 116 carries with nine TDs, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 91.9 yards per game. • Reese, a native of Bellville, Texas, had 156 yards on the ground in a run across the state of Texas and scored three TDs. Among the NCAA freshmen, Reese ranks first in hasty TDs and second in rushing yards. RUSH DEFENSE HISTORY BACKS • The Bears opened the 2022 season with each of their first four opponents, and five of their first seven, to less than 100 rushing yards. It marked the longest run of consecutive games with enemies to less than 100 yards on the ground since 1953, when the Bears rushed opponents to less than 100 yards in games 2-6 (Miami, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, TCU). • The standard for the season program of holding an opponent to the ground to 100 yards or less came in 1986, when the Bears rushed Wyoming, LA Tech, USC, Houston, Texas A&M, Rice and Texas to less than 100 yards . BU grounded six opponents within 100 yards or less during the historic 2021 season. • A total of 11 opponents in the past two years nearly failed to reach 100 yards, the best total of two seasons in the program annals. BAYLOR LEADS NATION IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL WINS • Baylor Athletics is in the midst of a historic streak of success, including recent national titles in men’s and women’s basketball, and football from a Big 12 Conference Championship in 2021 and the Sugar Bowl in 2022. • As of 2011, and as of September 28, 2022, no other school can compete with Baylor’s run as the Bears lead the country in victories combined with men’s and women’s football and basketball. Baylor has 56 wins more than the next closest school, Notre Dame. The next Big 12 Conference team on the list is West Virginia at number 22 and Texas at number 25.

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