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Baylor ends Texas Tech's historic streak

11/26/2011

The hit looked scary when it happened, and Robert Griffin III looked pretty dazed after his head bounced off the turf following a hit while Griffin slid.

He returned briefly, but Baylor was forced to play the entire second half without its leader and Heisman contender. They answered, beating Texas Tech, 66-42, for the first time since 1995 and sending Texas Tech to its first losing season since 1992. It also ends Texas Tech's streak of 11 consecutive trips to bowl games.

Nick Florence threw touchdown passes of 46 and 40 yards to Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams, and the defense forced some timely turnovers to help Baylor get the win.

Terrance Ganaway also turned in a historic performance, carrying the ball a school-record 42 times for 246 yards and a touchdown. That's what the Bears needed, and Ganaway answered. Huge effort from him and an encouraging sign.

The biggest issue for Baylor, though, is the status of Griffin. He'll be watched closely in the coming days, but his Heisman hopes likely rest on being available for next week's game against Texas. He looked like his usual self on the sideline.

He was all smiles at the end and gave coach Art Briles a big hug as his team moved to 8-3 and 5-3 in the Big 12, the first time Baylor has ever won five Big 12 games in a single season.

There's been no definitive word that Griffin suffered a concussion.

Baylor grew up a bit on Saturday night, turning a close game into an easy win and becoming the second team in three games to score 66 points on Texas Tech. A 31-28 halftime score and 30 minutes without Griffin sounded scary.

Baylor made it look easy, outscoring the Red Raiders 35-14 in the half.

What's scarier? Baylor taking on Texas, the best defense in the Big 12, without its top talent. Florence finished 9-of-12 for 151 yards and two touchdowns, but Baylor knows Texas is a whole different animal on defense. Texas A&M learned that on Thursday night.

Baylor ended Texas Tech's season, and now have a chance to notch some history of their own. A second 10-win season in school history is still possible with a win over Texas next week, followed by a bowl win.