WACO, Texas (AP) -- Another ho-hum day for Graham Harrell, and
another passing milestone.
In what has become so routine, Harrell was 37-of-46 for 433
yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing the 4,000-yard passing mark
for the second season in a row in Texas Tech's 38-7 victory against
Baylor on Saturday.
Harrell, who had his 10th career 400-yard game, completed 10
straight passes on the first two scoring drives in Tech's 12th
consecutive win over the Bears.
"The win is bigger than [4,000 yards]," Harrell said. "It's a
nice accomplishment. But I've had good players around me to help me
do that. In this offense, everyone can make a play. We have
playmakers at every position."
There was at least one surprise when a new playmaker emerged for
the Red Raiders (7-3, 3-3 Big 12).
Freshman running back Aaron Crawford, in his second start,
scored his first four collegiate touchdowns. He ran for two scores
and caught two others.
Crawford scored on Tech's first three possessions in the third
quarter when the Red Raiders extended their 17-0 halftime lead. He
finished with 10 catches for 82 yards and nine rushes for 44 more.
"With as much as we move the ball and throw the ball, you are
going to get a lot of touches," Crawford said. "I was fortunate
to play well ... A lot of credit goes to Graham for calling my
Baylor (3-7, 0-6) has lost its Big 12 games by an average of 30
points. The sixth straight loss guaranteed the Bears' 12th
consecutive losing season and put coach Guy Morriss' job in more
jeopardy despite having another year left on his contract. Morriss
is 18-38 in his fifth season.
"I can't answer that," Morriss said when asked about his job
status. "I'm focused on trying to get these guys ready to play.
All of that other stuff is out of my control."
After the game, athletic director Ian McCaw reiterated previous
comments that the program and Morriss' future will be evaluated
after the season.
The Bears play at Oklahoma (No.6 BCS, No. 5 AP) next Saturday before
their home finale against Oklahoma State.
Harrell, a junior, became the fifth quarterback at the NCAA's
highest level, formerly known as Division I-A, to have multiple
Ty Detmer of BYU and Timmy Chang of Hawaii each had three
4,000-yard seasons, and Byron Leftwich had two at Marshall. Hawaii
senior Colt Brennan has two 4,000-yard seasons and 2,820 yards
through eight games this year for the 12th-ranked Warriors, who
didn't play Saturday.
Harrell hit 4,000 yards on the nose with his first completion, a
21-yarder to Edward Britton midway through the first quarter.
Harrell immediately followed with two more long passes, 20 yards to
Crawford and 37 to Eric Morris for Harrell's 36th TD pass this
"Every time we touch the ball, we feel we should score,"
With two more TDs after that, Harrell matched his 38 TDs from
last season when he threw for 4,555 yards. He has an NCAA-high
4,412 yards this year with two regular season games and a likely
After a 15-yard completion to convert a fourth-and-5 on the
first play of the fourth quarter, Harrell came out of the game with
Tech ahead 38-0.
Danny Amendola had eight catches for 108 yards to join Michael Crabtree with more than 1,000 yards receiving. They are the 24th
set of teammates in NCAA history to have 1,000 yards in the same
season (the Red Raiders had three 1,000-yard receivers in 2003).
Crabtree, a freshman, had his worst game with four catches for
61 yards. But he is still the NCAA leader with 104 catches for
1,522 yards and 18 TDs.
Defensive end Brandon Williams' sack and fumble recovery set up
Tech's first touchdown. Williams blind-sided Szymanski, then
crawled over the Baylor quarterback to get the ball.
"That put momentum on our side, and we never lost it," Harrell
Harrell responded with his 10 consecutive completions, the three
that led to the first score, and seven more for 66 yards on the
next drive that set up Crawford's 3-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead.
Crawford turned a screen pass into a 17-yard TD on the first
play after Amendola's 65-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Crawford later scored on a 17-yard run and a 7-yard catch.
"[Crawford] focuses on what he's doing and doesn't let anything
distract him," coach Mike Leach said. "Others make it more
complicated than it is. He keeps it simple. When he sees a hole, he