LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Cody Hodges sees no reason Texas Tech
can't score even more points than the 80 points the Red Raiders put
up Saturday night.
Hodges threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the first half
and Texas Tech embarrassed Division I-AA Sam Houston State 80-21,
the Red Raiders' highest scoring game in 80 years.
The fifth-year senior who led the nation in total offense coming
into the game added 80 yards passing and another TD throw in the
third quarter to put Tech up 56-7 before backup quarterback Graham
Harrell took over.
Hodges finished 26-of-37 for 436 yards.
"I think if we play well and we capitalize on every drive, we
can score 100 points," Hodges said. "If we can do it, we need to
do it next week."
Tech (2-0) next plays another Division I-AA opponent, Indiana
State, next week.
Tech's point total was the largest since 1925, when the Red Raiders scored 120 against Wayland Baptist. The last time Texas Tech scored in such proportion was October 1952, when the Red Raiders put up 71 against New Mexico A&M, now New Mexico State.
Tech's 770 total yards was second-most in school history to the
775 the Red Raiders got against Iowa State in 2003.
The Bearkats (1-2) were outplayed from the outset. They punted
on their first four possessions, all from inside their 25-yard
line, and didn't cross midfield until the 11:53 mark of the second
Getting into Tech territory was a gift, though. Tech was hit
with a personal foul on a kickoff after going ahead 35-0 on an
11-yard TD pass from Hodges to Joel Filani early in the second
The Bearkats needed just five plays to capitalize on their good
fortune, cutting the margin to 35-7 on a 19-yard run by Stevie
Smith. They didn't score again until early in the fourth quarter
when Jason Godfrey ran 1 yard to make it 66-14.
The first-half numbers told the story succinctly: Sam Houston
State had 72 yards of total offense and was penalized 90 yards. The
Bearkats finished with 253 yards.
"I think we were certainly out-manned. I think that was
obvious," Bearkats coach Todd Whitten said. "I was hoping we
might play better. There were some bright spots."
Tech coach Mike Leach said the offense still showed some
"We have plenty of things we need to polish up on," he said.
"I think we're trying hard to steadily improve. We're doing a good
job pulling the trigger. We just need to balance that out and play
a little smarter."
Taurean Henderson had three short touchdown runs for Texas Tech.
For a second straight game, Hodges' favorite target was Robert
Johnson, the quarterback-turned-receiver who had a breakout game
last week with nine catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Against the Bearkats, Johnson caught eight passes for 209 yards,
becoming only the seventh Tech player in history to have more than
200 receiving yards in a game. The last time was when Jarrett Hicks
got 211 in a 70-35 win over TCU in 2004.
Johnson's longest catch was a 67-yarder from Hodges.
Hicks, who did not play in Tech's 56-3 win over Florida
International last week because of what Leach called personal
reasons, caught five passes, two for touchdowns, for 73 yards.
"He gives us a downfield receiver, so it was good to see him
fired up and ready to go," said Hodges, who along with Harrell
threw completions to 14 receivers for 650 yards.
Tech scored on 12 of 15 possessions, missing on a field goal in
the third quarter and having to punt once in the second quarter.
Time ran out while Tech had the ball.
Harrell completed 14 of 17 passes for one touchdown and 208
yards, the longest a 44-yarder to Catron Houston that set up a
1-yard score by Taurance Rawls to give Tech a 66-7 lead late in the
Phillip Daugherty, Sam Houston's backup quarterback who
transferred from Tech last month, had better stats than starter
Wade Pate, but they came against Texas Tech's reserves. Pate
finished with 38 passing yards; Daugherty had 157 yards and a
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... the Division I-AA Bearkats agreed to come to Lubbock and pick up a paycheck.
Gameball goes to... Texas Tech wideout Robert Johnson, who caught eight passes for 209 yards.
Stat of the game... 80: the point total is Texas Tech's largest since posting 80 on New Mexico State in 1953.