ARLINGTON — It was billed as a shootout at AT&T Stadium, and that’s exactly what the 69,188 fans got Saturday night.
Baylor beat Texas Tech 63-34 in game where the two teams combined for a total of 176 snaps, split evenly with 88 plays by each team.
The win extended Baylor’s winning streak to a school record 13 games.
The team now has a chance to move into the top four in the BCS standings, since Stanford lost for the second time this season on Saturday.
Texas Tech got off to a quick start, but still found themselves trailing Baylor 21-20 when the first quarter ended. Baylor head coach Art Briles told his team he liked the way the Bears bounced back from that early deficit.
“It looks impressive if you’re ahead of a team 56-14 at the half,“ Briles told his team. “That looks impressive. But when you’re down 14-0 and down 20-7 and you withstand that surge against a good team and finished the way we finished, to me that’s impressive. That shows you have a tough football team.”
“It’s happened a couple of times the last couple of games,” said Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. “It’s frustrating because we like to start fast. For us, we know what’s coming, so we just have to settle down.”
Despite the slow start, Baylor’s offense got rolling to amass 675 yards of total offense. That was 11 below their average, which leads the nation. The 63 points scored against Texas Tech was two more than their average of 61 per game for the season.
“This team hasn’t faced much adversity so far this year,” Petty said. “I think tonight showed us a lot. We’re a resilient team. I think there is a lot of talent involved, and we’ve got a lot of guys work hard. It’s more than just talent. This is a special team.”
Petty finished by completing 17 of 31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He had two receivers over 100 yards. Levi Norwood had 7 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Antwan Goodley had four receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Baylor also had two running backs over 100 yards, despite not having their top two running backs available. Shock Linwood had 29 carries for 187 yards and one touchdown while Devin Chafin had 11 carries for 100.
Baylor still has three games left in the season, on the road at Oklahoma State, at TCU, and the season finale against Texas in Waco.