Texas Tech 62, Baylor 14

WACO, Texas (AP) -- B.J. Symons doesn't have a favorite receiver.
And he certainly knows how to rebound from a subpar game.

Symons threw for 428 yards and seven touchdowns to six different
receivers in just 2{ quarters Saturday in Texas Tech's 62-14
victory over Baylor.

"I was seeing the receivers good and hitting them," Symons
said. "It shows how good our receivers corps is. We don't have to
depend on one guy, and defenses can't focus on any one person."

And can't slow down Symons, who leads the nation with 4,741
passing yards and 44 TDs.

The seven scores were one short of Symons' Big 12 record set
this season against Texas A&M. It was his fifth game with at least
five TDs and came a week after he threw five interceptions and for
"just" 399 yards in a 26-21 win over Colorado.

"This felt like B.J. had a good game. Everybody has a periodic
bad game, and B.J. had his last week," Tech coach Mike Leach said.
"We got the ball to a lot of people."

Symons completed 32 of 47 passes, throwing his last two TD
passes in a 74-second span of the third quarter after returning to
the game limping on a sore left knee. With the Red Raiders (7-3,
4-2 Big 12) ahead 49-14, Symons didn't play again.

"There was no need to be out there," he said.

After spending some of the fourth quarter signing autographs for
fans, Symons said he would be ready for the last two regular-season
games, against No. 11 Texas and No. 1 Oklahoma.

Baylor (3-7, 1-5), which led two plays into the game, tied the
score at 14 on Robert Quiroga's 100-yard kickoff return midway
through the first quarter. Texas Tech scored the last 48 points.

"It was a good opening drive and went downhill from there,"
Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "It was nice to see Robert have
success, and I thought it was going to be a jumpstart from us."

It didn't.

Texas Tech was stopped on its next drive, on fourth down at the
Baylor 15. Symons then threw touchdowns on the next three series,
the tiebreaking 59-yarder to Nehemiah Glover coming on the first
play after a punt.

TD catches by Carlos Francis (3 yards) and Taurean Henderson (13
yards), who also had the first scoring catch, gave Tech a 35-14
halftime lead.

Backup quarterback Sonny Cumbie threw a 24-yard touchdown pass
to Francis on the first play of the fourth quarter, making the
tight end the school's career leader with 21 TD catches. Cumbie
finished 11 of 16 for 146 yards.

"It was a total team meltdown," Morriss said. "We knew we
couldn't leave our defense out there for 100 snaps, and it felt
like 200. We just couldn't get anything going."

The Red Raiders ran 92 plays for 716 yards, their third 700-yard
game, with three 100-yard receivers. Glover had five catches for
132 yards, Mickey Peters had nine for 130 yards and Francis had
seven for 112.

Symons had five touchdowns by halftime, then on the opening
series of the second half stayed down on the ground after getting
hit by linebacker John Garrett on an incomplete pass. Symons put no
pressure on his left leg while being helped off the field.

But he was back on the next series, which ended with a perfectly
thrown 32-yard TD over a defender to Peters.

The Red Raiders got the ball back when the squibbed kickoff
ricocheted off one of Baylor's front-line players and back to
kicker Keith Toogood. Four plays later, Symons threw a 4-yard TD
pass to Wes Welker and was done for the day with 7:23 left in the
third quarter.

"B.J. is so good, and with our line, he is able to pick them
apart," Welker said.

Symons extended his NCAA record with his ninth straight game
with at least 400 yards of total offense. The record was Ty
Detmer's five in a row in 1990.

Welker also set the NCAA career record for punt return yardage
on his 22-yard return in the second quarter. That was the second of
his five returns Saturday for 67 yards.

Welker has 1,739 career return yards, breaking the 54-year-old
record of Lee Nalley, who had 1,695 yards at Vanderbilt from
1947-49. A week earlier, Welker set another NCAA record with his
eighth career punt return for a touchdown.

Baylor started the game with its quickest touchdown since 1995,
when Rashad Armstrong broke loose for a 54-yard run on the second
play of the game. It was the only offensive touchdown in three
games for the Bears, who have lost five straight by an average
margin of 40 points.

Armstrong finished with 124 yards on 15 carries for the Bears,
who were held to 275 yards. Starting quarterback Aaron Karas
(4-of-8 for 26 yards and an interception) was replaced by freshman
Shawn Bell (14-of-18 for 138 yards).

Said Karas: "I felt pretty helpless on offense."


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