ARLINGTON — The Baylor receiving corps took another blow when freshman Gavin Holmes was carted off the field following a knee injury in the first quarter Saturday against Texas Tech.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule didn’t know the extent of the injury but it appears to be season ending with two games remaining.
Holmes had been playing his best football of the season in the last two games as he caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score against Kansas and caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Brewer against the Red Raiders.
“It hurt a lot,” said Baylor receiver Denzel Mims. “When one of my brothers goes down, I always get angry during the game and feel like I got to do this for the team. After the game, I told him it’s going to be all right. The comeback is going to be serious, and I told him I love him.”
Holmes was the third player to go out for the season for Baylor’s battered receiving corps, joining Chris Platt and R.J. Sneed.
However, Pooh Stricklin returned against the Red Raiders and made eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Rhule had feared that Stricklin was lost for the season with a sprained foot that forced him to miss the Kansas game.
“It was pretty bad, they told me not to play for the rest of the season,” Stricklin said. “But I was just like I’m going to fight through it for my teammates. I was feeling good from the jump.”
ARLINGTON — Nothing about what unfolded should have surprised the smattering of fans who attended Saturday’s Texas Farm Bureau Snoozeout.
Mims becomes 1,000-yard receiver
With 12 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown against Texas Tech, Baylor sophomore receiver Denzel Mims has now made 59 catches for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Mims became the first receiver to amass 1,000 yards for Matt Rhule, who was Temple’s head coach for four seasons before taking over at Baylor this year.
“Coach Rhule pushes me each and every day to be the best I can be,” Mims said. “To be the first receiver to get 1,000 yards for him means a lot because he pushed me to get this 1,000 yards. I’m glad he believed in me.”
Brewer sets Baylor records
In just his second start at quarterback, true freshman Charlie Brewer didn’t take long to erase a couple of Baylor records.
Brewer completed 43 passes in 63 attempts, the most in either category by a Baylor passer in school history. Bryce Petty and Blake Szymanski held the previous record for completions with 36, while Szymanski also held the previous mark for attempts with 60 in a 2007 game against Colorado.
Of course, Rhule would have preferred more balance in the offense.
“We threw the ball way too many times,” he said. “I don’t really want to play that way, but I thought (Brewer) answered the call in terms of those things.”
Tech takes series lead against Baylor
The Texas Tech-Baylor rivalry has been one of the most competitive in both schools’ long football histories. Now it favors the Red Raiders again.
The series had been tied 37-37-1 in 75 career meetings between the teams prior to Saturday. The Red Raiders reclaimed the series lead with Saturday’s 38-24 victory. The win was also Texas Tech’s second straight, giving Kliff Kingsbury’s program a winning streak in the matchup for the first time since Tech won 15 straight from 1996 to 2010.
In eight meetings in Arlington, Baylor has a 5-3 record against the Red Raiders.