LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach saw two
football games in Saturday's 42-17 win over Baylor.
There was the mistake-filled first half. Then there was the
dominant second half.
"I'm very disappointed with the first half, pleased with the
second, so it's kind of a love-hate game really," Leach said. "I
think we need to learn from the first half and build on the second
Sonny Cumbie threw for 397 yards and five touchdowns but had
trouble finding time in the first half because of a stout Baylor
rush. Tech led just 14-10 at halftime on a late score.
But Cumbie, who led the nation in passing entering the game,
threw two TD passes in the third quarter as Tech (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)
broke open the game. Cumbie threw two 11-yard scoring passes and
also added TD throws of 3, 16 and 57 yards.
Baylor (3-6, 1-5), coming off an upset of Texas A&M last week,
failed to win its first Big 12 road game and pick up its first
consecutive conference wins. The Bears have lost 35 straight Big 12
"I didn't see the same football team that was on the field last
week. I don't think we played with a lot of energy or emotion,"
Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "Our offense shifted into neutral
and we couldn't get anything going."
Tech led 14-10 at the break after Cumbie's 3-yard TD pass to
Trey Haverty as time ran out. Cumbie had a season-low 132 passing
yards in the first half and was sacked four times.
"The first half, Baylor's three defensive linemen consistently
whipped our five offensive linemen," Leach said.
Leach called the offense to the sidelines a couple times in the
first half. At halftime, he continued his tongue lashing.
"It was pretty intense," Tech linebacker Mike Smith said. "It
was a close game, and the coaches were into it. We fixed what we
needed to fix to win the game."
Cumbie faulted execution in the first half.
"We didn't start with the mentality we needed to," said
Cumbie, who finished with 37-of-48 completions and one
interception. "We didn't come out and play hard."
The Red Raiders scored on their only drives of the third quarter
as Cumbie found Danny Amendola for a 16-yard TD pass and Haverty on
a 57-yarder, extending Tech's lead to 28-10.
Haverty finished with 11 receptions and 158 yards, both career
Cumbie threw five TD passes for the second time this season. He
also did it in a 70-10 win over Nebraska last month.
Baylor tried to get back into it with a fake punt, but failed to
pick up a first down. Cumbie then threw his fourth touchdown pass,
an 11-yarder to Jarrett Hicks to give the Red Raiders a 35-10 lead.
Tech earned 236 yards on those three scoring drives, while
Baylor managed just 21 yards in the span.
"Our players got tired," Baylor tailback Anthony Krieg said.
"In the second half we didn't put any drives together and that
kept our defense on the field."
Taurean Henderson ran for 81 yards on eight carries and one
touchdown in the first half for Tech. He finished with 111 yards on
The Bears led twice, the first time coming after they scored on
their first possession to take a 7-0 lead.
Trent Shelton took a lateral pass from Shawn Bell on a
third-and-1 from the Baylor 29. Shelton hugged the sideline before
cutting across the field and scampering into the end zone. The
79-yard play was Baylor's longest of the season.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.