Fifth-year senior Dylan Cantrell tied a career high with 11 catches, and the Texas Tech wide receiver made 94 yards out of those opportunities. Baylor was playing soft coverage on the outside, so much so that during one stretch, Nic Shimonek threw to Cantrell four plays in a row, completing all four.
“If they’re going to play 9, 10, 11 yards off (in coverage),” Shimonek said, “it would be foolish on our part to try to throw something deep. It just happened to be Dylan, but it could have been T.J. (Vasher), could have been Keke (Coutee), Cam (Batson). It just happened to be that situation.”
Cantrell also caught 11 passes last year at Kansas State. His production Saturday increased his season totals to 50 receptions for 624 yards and five touchdowns.
While the offense struggled, the Texas Tech defense dictated some of the momentum against Baylor.
One key component was defensive back Vaughnte Dorsey, who finished with a career-high eight tackles, intercepted a pass before halftime and notched a pass breakup in the victory over Baylor.
The junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College admitted he enjoys playing a physical style.
“Well, as a young guy, you got to learn o be very physical,” he said. “I guess that’s the way I play. It’s great for that. I really just play with a lot of emotion. And I’m already a physical person just overall. So I feel like — that’s how I play.”
With the win Saturday, Texas Tech is up to five wins — just one win away from bowl eligibility.
The Red Raiders will have two chances to reach six games when it hosts TCU on Nov. 18 and travels to play Texas on Nov. 24. If Texas Tech did become bowl eligible, it would mark the 38th time in program history.
“I think we’re at a place where we found a way to win a game and we got to learn from that,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We know we have to play better and continue to get better. Both those teams are very good. We like our team. We think we have moments where we can play with anybody, and we have to be more consistent.”