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Halftime: Baylor 35, Texas Tech 27

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The Red Raiders came out like gangbusters, jumping out to a 21-7 lead before Baylor came roaring back. Now they lead by 8 at intermission and will receive the kick to open the second half.

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This has clearly not been the best half of football Baylor has ever played, but we have a lead.  After a first quarter in which they had no answers for the Baker Mayfield - Jace Amaro connection, they improved significantly in the second quarter and allowed a TD only on a drive begun inside their 25 yard line after a Bryce Petty fumble.

For his part, Petty has been less than perfect, missing several opportunities for big plays down the field.  It's hard not to wonder at this point if it is big game jitters or something opposing teams are doing to rattle him.  Regardless, the offense has 308 yards (Tech has 305, both stats unofficial) at the half and 28 points.  The other 7 came from Levi Norwood's electric punt return that really turned things around for the Bears in the first quarter.  It was one of 3 TDs for Norwood in the first half alone.

Team Stat Comparison

TTU
BAY
1st Downs 16 13
3rd down efficiency
6-13 4-8
4th down efficiency
1-1 0-0
Total Yards 304 308
Passing 223 227
Comp-Att
24-41 11-23
Yards per pass
5.4 9.9
Rushing 81 81
Rushing Attempts
20 17
Yards per rush
4.1 4.8
Penalties 4-47 8-71
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 20:11 9:49