LUBBOCK _ Following back-to-back wild plays, Baylor took a 21-14 lead over No. 7-ranked Texas Tech into the halftime dressing room Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Baylor went out front 19-14 when quarterback Robert Griffin flipped a 1-yard TD to Ernest Smith with one second left before hafltime. That touchdown came after possession was first given to Tech, then reversed and awarded to Baylor.
Tech had gained possession of the ball when Griffin fumbled after a mad scramble, and the ball ended up awarded to the Red Raiders after it was knocked out of the end zone for a touchback. But after a review, replays showed Griffin's left knee clearly was down at the 1, so the Bears regained possession with 10 seconds left.
After the TD, the Bears decided to go for the two-point conversion. Tech linebacker Bront Bird charged through the line and had Griffin within his graps near the 20-yard line.
Griffin, however, somehow broke free and fired the ball into the end zone, and Kendall Wright outjumped everyone as the Bears successful completed the two-point conversion for a 21-14 lead.
The Baylor TD was set up when defensive end Leon Freeman stripped the ball from Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, and it was recovered by defensive tackle Vincent Rhodes at the Tech 16 with 1:27 remaining in the first half.
Tech still has a chance to win the Big 12 South. But the Red Raiders need to defeat Baylor and have Oklahoma State win its home game tonight against Oklahoma for that to happen.
But with Michael Crabtree in the locker room with an injured right ankle, and Harrell already respodned for two turnovers, it doesn't look good for Tech at the moment.
If Tech loses to Baylor, Texas would win the Big 12 South and render tonight's OU-OSU game meaningless.
_ Dwain Price
_ Dwain Price