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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Defense optional in the Cotton Bowl

By David Ubben

We're barely halfway through the second quarter, and Baylor and Texas Tech have already put more points on the board than Texas and Oklahoma did on the same field a week ago.

Taylor Potts threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Alex Torres to take a 28-21 lead.

For Baylor, the defensive performance looks like the one it turned in against TCU, when the Horned Frogs racked up 35 first-half points on their way to a 45-10 win.

This time, however, the Bears' offense is keeping up, thanks to some timely special-teams play.

Baylor returned an onside kick for a touchdown -- the second time in two weeks Texas Tech has allowed that to happen -- and kept a drive alive with a 34-yard pass on a fake punt.

If one defense can stabilize -- and Texas Tech looks more likely to do it so far -- they might be able to run away with it. But in a game like this, a turnover might swing it, too.

Receiver Josh Gordon is playing for Baylor and has one catch for 34 yards. Gordon and fellow receiver Willie Jefferson were arrested for alleged marijuana possession last weekend, and were found passed out in the drive-through of a Taco Bell near campus.