LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- It took a while for Texas Tech to get
started Saturday, but it was worth the wait.
The Red Raiders failed to score on their first seven drives and
fell behind 21-0, but then scored 56 straight points in a 70-35
victory over TCU.
"I wasn't happy," said Tech coach Mike Leach of the slow
start. "We didn't change plays from the first quarter to the
second quarter. The plays were the same. It was chemistry and the
way everyone came together."
The Red Raiders (2-1) came together behind the nation's leading
passer. Sonny Cumbie completed 30 of 50 passes for 441 yards and
four TDs. Taurean Henderson added three scoring runs and Jarrett
Hicks caught eight passes for 211 yards and a TD in the first
meeting since the teams were Southwest Conference rivals.
TCU (2-1) pulled to within 56-35 with about 11 minutes left, but
then Cumbie and backup Cody Hodges each added a TD pass.
"It was not going to be about yardage; Tech's going to get
passing yards," TCU Gary Patterson said. "It was going to be
about keeping them out of the end zone. For the first 20 minutes we
were a good football team and did that."
Cumbie entered the game as the nation's leading passer and is
averaging 453 yards in his first three starts in Tech's wide-open
passing scheme. He follows prolific Tech passers Kliff Kingsbury
and B.J. Symons.
"It's tough when you look up there and you're down 21-0," said
Cumbie, who was intercepted twice. "You want to press and make
something happen, but you can't score 21 points on one drive, so
you have to just take it one possession at a time."
Henderson ran for TDs of 4, 6 and 2 yards. Hicks, who was third
in the nation in receiving yards per game coming in, had his third
straight game of 150 yards or more.
"I've been fortunate to get a couple of yards the last couple
of weeks," Hicks said. "It was great to get a win today, and I'm
just trying to improve on it for next week."
It was the Horned Frogs' first visit to Lubbock since 1995. They
lost that game 27-6. They later joined Conference USA, while Texas
Tech became a member of the Big 12.
The loss ended TCU quarterback Tye Gunn's winning streak as a
starter at 10. He had been chasing the school record of 12 straight
set by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.
Gunn's ankle was bothering him and he left the game in the
second quarter. Backup quarterback Brandon Hassell came in for the
Horned Frogs' final drive of the first half.
"I couldn't plant and throw, which was making all the balls fly
high on me," Gunn said.
Initially, the Red Raiders had difficulty sustaining drives. On
their first seven possessions, the closest they got was the TCU 29,
where they failed on a fourth-and-2 on a pass attempt from Cumbie
Tech has had trouble scoring the past two weeks.
"The big thing, the first two games, we kind of stopped
ourselves," Cumbie said. "Today we were seven-or-even in the red
zone. We knew it would snowball once it started."
Tech's first score came on Henderson's 4-yard TD midway through
the second quarter. Then Tech pulled within 21-14 when Cumbie threw
a short shovel pass to Johnnie Mack from the 8. The TD was set up
by Danny Amendola's 52-yard put return to TCU's 3. A celebration
penalty put the Red Raiders at the 18 and three plays later they
Cumbie leveled it at 21 on the closing drive of the first half,
capping a 65-yard drive with a 4-yard pass to Bristol Olomua.
Tech never trailed after that and even scored on defense. With
about nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, Adell Duckett
forced a fumble from Hassell and Keyunta Dawson recovered it and
went in for the score to make it 42-21.
Down by 35 in the fourth quarter, TCU scored two touchdowns in
15 seconds. Hobbs scooted for 61 yards and a TD and the Horned
Frogs trailed 56-28. On Tech's next possession, Mark Walker
intercepted Cumbie then Hassell threw a 22-yard pass to Quentily