Texas Tech chases down Baylor for last-second win
Welcome to big-time football, Jonathan Garibay. And welcome back to the spotlight, Alan Bowman.
They were key figures Saturday as the host Texas Tech Red Raiders staged a 24-23 come-from-behind victory against the Baylor Bears in Lubbock, Texas.
Garibay made a 25-yard field goal as time expired, capping a 79-yard drive that Bowman engineered after he took over at quarterback for good in the second half when starter Henry Colombi suffered a forearm injury.
Installed as the starting kicker earlier the week, Garibay booted four field goals – his other three were from 48, 28, and 46 yards – and he hit two in the final 4:41 to help the Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5 Big 12 Conference) claw back with the final 12 points of the game.
Garibay was also a huge factor as the punter, averaging 49.4 yards on five punts.
Bowman, Texas Tech’s starter to begin each of the last three seasons, lost his job to Colombi three weeks ago and had played sparingly since. He played a series in the first half Saturday and threw an interception that Baylor’s Jalen Pitre returned 26 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
The Bears (1-5, 1-5) methodically built on that 7-3 lead, with senior quarterback Charlie Brewer’s steady performance as both a passer and runner: He threw for 153 yards on the day and ran for a team-high 86 to buoy a 207-yard rushing day for Baylor.
But Red Raiders linebacker Colin Schooler thwarted Brewer’s bid for what could have been a game-sealing touchdown when he stopped the quarterback in his tracks inches from the goal line late in the third quarter. A procedure penalty then forced the Bears to settle for a field goal that padded their lead to 23-12.
The rest of the game belonged to Texas Tech. With Bowman at the controls, the Red Raiders ran 26 plays in the final 15 minutes and carved out 176 yards to produce a touchdown and Garibay’s two field goals.
The defense chimed in as well. With Baylor trying to run out the clock inside the final three minutes, Texas Tech cornerback Zech McPhearson delivered a big pass breakup on third-and-5 to force the Bears to punt.
Starting from the 14-yard-line with 2:14 to go, the Red Raiders moved down the field quickly. Bowman connected on five passes for 58 yards, and running back SaRodorick Thompson wiggled out of a tackle for a 15-yard pickup to convert on third-and-8 and put Texas Tech at the 7 with 31 seconds to go.
Garibay calmly drilled the game-winner after Baylor coach Dave Aranda called a timeout to ice the kicker.
–Field Level Media