LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman running back Richard Reese ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns, AJ McCarthy returned an interception for a score and Baylor beat Texas Tech 45-17 on Saturday night.
Second among NCAA freshmen in rushing yards, Reese went 53 of 75 yards on a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter as Baylor (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) dominated time of possession.
Baylor snapped a 10-game losing streak in Lubbock while handing Texas Tech (4-4, 2-3) its first home loss under coach Joey McGuire, a Texan who has been a lifelong assistant at Baylor the past five seasons.
On a night when Texas Tech named Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes the eighth honorable mention receiver, the Red Raiders ended up throwing five interceptions while trying all three of their top QBs.
“I think what Tech was doing really stresses you out,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. “There is a lot of creativity in their pace. I give credit to the players because they came out and really had a chip on their shoulder and played with an edge.”
Tyler Shaw went 31-17 in the fourth quarter for the first time since a shoulder injury as a starter, and McCarthy stepped in front of his first pass and ran untouched 18 yards down the sideline.
Freshman Beren Morton was 4-for-17 with two interceptions and three sacks after a pick in the first minute of the second half, setting up Blake Shapen’s 9-yard TD pass to Hal Pressley for a 24-3 Baylor lead.
Morton responded with two touchdowns, including an 8-yarder on fourth-and-7 to get Texas Tech within 24-17 after a Reese fumble.
The Red Raiders were held to four interceptions — three by Morton and another by Donovan Smith on one of his two passes — as McGuire turned to Shaw, who the coach said will be available next week.
“You have to watch the film and see what good those guys did,” McGuire said. “It was one of those deals where we realized the point at the end of the game, we were really trying to make sure we didn’t come out with somebody down or hurt.”
Reese’s third TD was a 1-yard plunge to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive after the Red Raiders pulled within seven.
“It was nice to see,” Aranda said. “I thought the offensive line really took it upon themselves to impose their will and really be physical, and our running backs really worked on making plays behind the pads and rotating the legs and all that stuff.”
Morton went 11 of 33 for 152 yards and three interceptions. Shapen was much more efficient, going 19 of 30 for 211 yards with a TD and no interceptions for the defending Big 12 champions.
FOR TAKE AWAY
Baylor: Down 21 points to seven, Reese ran 16 yards on third-and-3 to spark a TD drive that ended with his 1-yard score. Only one of Reese’s first nine TDs was on the road. He was coming off a 186-yard walk with two TDs at home against Kansas.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders ran just 27 plays in the first half and finished with 73 after leading the FBS with nearly 90 plays per game.
Baylor: Next Saturday at Oklahoma.
Texas Tech: At undefeated No. 7 TCU next Saturday.