2:30 PM ET, November 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Glasco Martin scored on a 4-yard run in overtime and Baylor overcame three missed field goals, including one on the last play of regulation, to become bowl eligible with a 52-45 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Nick Florence threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (6-5, 3-5 Big 12), who didn't lead until Eddie Lackey's 55-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play of a wild fourth quarter.
Lackey's second pick, with 1:46 left, set up Baylor at the Red Raiders 32. But Aaron Jones missed wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt.
After Martin's second TD run, Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5) started overtime with a holding call and two incompletions. After a 15-yard pass set up fourth-and-5, Seth Doege's pass to a well-defended Eric Ward was incomplete, ending the game.
Doege completed 30-of-40 passes for 359 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Ward had nine catches for 113 yards, and Darrin Moore had 13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
With Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III watching from the Bears sideline at Cowboys Stadium, two days after the rookie led the Redskins to a victory there over the Cowboys, Baylor got bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. That is a first in school history.
Baylor was coming off a Bowl Championship Series-shaking 52-24 victory over Kansas State, then the No. 1 team in the BCS standings.
The teams combined for 1,241 total yards (674 for Baylor and 567 for Tech). There were 167 plays run in the game.
Jones kicked a 22-yard field goal with 2:48 left in regulation to tie the game at 45. The Red Raiders got the ball back and already had picked up a first down when Doege threw a short pass that deflected off the helmet of offensive lineman Terry McDaniel and into the hands of Lackey.
Both of Moore's TD catches came in the fourth quarter, including a 6-yard fade route with 6:19 left that put Tech up 45-42. That came after a 4-yard touchdown catch by Terrance Williams, who had seven receptions for 175 yards while setting a Baylor single-season record for receiving yards (1,693).
Lache Seastrunk ran for 136 yards on 19 carries, and Martin had 23 carries for 98 yards.
It was the third overtime game this season for the Red Raiders. They won in triple overtime at TCU on Oct. 20, and have won only one of their five games since -- that victory being a double-overtime win over Kansas two weeks ago.
After Florence had a 4-yard run with 5 minutes left in the third quarter to get Baylor within 24-21, Jakeem Grant returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Florence then threw a 27-yard TD to Lanear Sampson, who reached over the defender to make the catch.
Texas Tech was up 21-7 at the Baylor 7 late in the first half when a scrambling Doege was hit from behind and fumbled the ball.
Baylor recovered and went 93 yards in eight plays, scoring on Florence's 39-yard pass to a wide-open Levi Norwood with 5 seconds left.
Along with two missed kicks by Jones before the half, Martin was stuffed for a 3-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 from the 2.
Doege went 19 yards on his first rushing TD of the season, and Kenny Williams had a 5-yard run to put Tech up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Martin scored on a fourth-down run from the 1, his fourth consecutive carry after Williams' 41-yard catch to the 3. The Red Raiders then needed only three passes to cover 75 yards, getting a 23-yard TD from Ward for a 21-7 lead.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-18||6-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-1|
|TD||10:37||Seth Doege 19 Yd Run. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||0||7|
|TD||03:02||Kenny Williams 5 Yd Run. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||0||14|
|TD||00:12||Glasco Martin 1 Yd Run. (Aaron Jones Kick)||7||14|
|TD||14:17||Eric Ward 23 Yd Pass From Seth Doege. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||7||21|
|TD||00:05||Levi Norwood 39 Yd Pass From Nick Florence. (Aaron Jones Kick)||14||21|
|FG||10:45||Ryan Bustin 29 Yd||14||24|
|TD||04:50||Nick Florence 4 Yd Run. (Aaron Jones Kick)||21||24|
|TD||04:36||Jakeem Grant 97 Yd Kickoff Return. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||21||31|
|TD||02:16||Lanear Sampson 27 Yd Pass From Nick Florence. (Aaron Jones Kick)||28||31|
|TD||14:44||Eddie Lackey 55 Yd Interception Return. (Aaron Jones Kick)||35||31|
|TD||12:24||Darrin Moore 15 Yd Pass From Seth Doege. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||35||38|
|TD||08:58||Terrance Williams 4 Yd Pass From Nick Florence. (Aaron Jones Kick)||42||38|
|TD||06:19||Darrin Moore 6 Yd Pass From Seth Doege. (Ryan Bustin Kick)||42||45|
|FG||02:48||Aaron Jones 22 Yd||45||45|
|TD||Glasco Martin 4 Yd Run. (Aaron Jones Kick)||52||45|