By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.org
Big 12 Sports.com Correspondent
Last season's tiebreaker controversy in the Big 12 South Division almost didn't happen. It took a gutsy comeback from Texas Tech to avoid a season-ending loss to Baylor.
Going into the final weekend of the regular season, Texas, Oklahoma and the Red Raiders all had one loss in the South Division; UT had defeated OU, OU had defeated Tech and Tech had defeated UT. After Texas defeated Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night, Oklahoma faced a Bedlam game at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech was hosting the 4-7 Bears.
At halftime, hearts were glad in Austin. Baylor had a surprising 21-14 lead at the break. Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell had broken two fingers on his left hand and All-American wide receiver Michael Crabtree was out after injuring his right foot in the second quarter.
The Bears built their lead to 28-14 when they scored on their first possession of the second half. Harrell, who would need surgery to fix his fingers, kept playing and led Texas Tech to 21 consecutive points to rally for a 35-28 victory.
"We came out flat and I think they came out excited, and when that happens, you'll get beat," said Harrell, who finished 41-of-50 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. "Luckily we were able to come into the locker room, get excited at halftime, go back out there and play really well in the second half."
The Red Raiders got a 1-yard TD run by Shannon Woods, a 3-yard touchdown run by Baron Batch and a Harrell's 4-yard touchdown pass to Detron Lewis to go up 35-28. Baylor was unable to answer that surge.
When Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State, the South Division wound up in a three-way tie with the Sooners earning the tiebreaking edge based on the final BCS standings.
Leach, though, whimsically lobbied for a tiebreaking rule based on graduation rates - Texas Tech's 79 percent rate was tops in the Big 12.
"I think they should break that three-way tie based on a graduation rate. I think the Big 12 conference should have an executive session tonight," he said. "And I think when they do that they will find that no one's more deserving than the Red Raiders to win Big 12 South."