LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech's backups had another chance to
shine during a third straight early season runaway.
This time, coach Mike Leach said they didn't make the most of
Taurean Henderson ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and
No. 19 Texas Tech beat Division I-AA Indiana State 63-7 on Saturday
night. But the Red Raiders scored only once after taking a 56-0
lead on their first possession of the third quarter, leaving Leach
worried about his team's effort.
"The score affects the clock and it affects the plays you
select, but it should not affect how hard you try," Leach said.
"We had some cases where it did, and we'll be addressing that
Texas Tech (3-0) was coming off an 80-21 win over Sam Houston
State, another I-AA school. After that game, quarterback Cody
Hodges said be believed his offense could score 100 points. He
later clarified his comments, saying the Red Raiders expect to
score every time they have the ball, but weren't focusing on
reaching triple digits.
Henderson and Hodges came out after the first half, and Indiana
State (0-4) easily avoided the record book.
"I think that coach Leach showed a lot of class by getting his
younger guys in the game," Indiana State coach Lou West said.
"They may need those guys down the stretch this season and it is
good experience for them. I thought as a team they showed a lot of
class and that is something I will not forget."
Leach said the Red Raiders' lopsided wins -- they also beat
Florida International 56-3 in their opener -- have enabled younger
players to gain experience. But he was disappointed after Texas
Tech had trouble scoring in the second half Saturday.
"The backup offense I thought was poor," Leach said. "The
backup defense I thought was good for a period of time."
Henderson, the NCAA's active leader in touchdowns, scored on
carries of 3, 44 and 6 yards to give Texas Tech a 21-0 lead. His
first scoring run made him the Red Raiders' career leader in
touchdowns and points. Henderson finished the game with 55
touchdowns for 330 points -- James Gray had 52 touchdowns and 312
points from 1986-89.
Henderson has scored in 10 straight games.
"What we do as an offense is score points," he said. "My job
as a running back in this offense is to score points. Getting the
record is something that just came along with it."
Hodges went 25-of-32 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. His
10-yard pass to Jarrett Hicks made it 28-0 in the second quarter,
and Texas Tech blew the game open later in the period with two
touchdowns in 9 seconds.
Hodges threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Joel Filani with 3:37 left
in the half. After Martuan Sample fumbled the ensuing kickoff,
Hodges found Filani again for an 11-yard touchdown.
On Indiana State's next possession, Brandon Douglas blocked a
punt, picked up the loose ball and ran 2 yards to the end zone to
make it 49-0.
Hodges, who entered as the nation's leader with 445 yards
passing per game, threw his first interception of the season in the
opening quarter. But when Rocky Alo tried to return it, he was hit
by Hodges and fumbled. Texas Tech recovered.
"We were sloppier on both sides of the ball but we played well
for a period of time," Leach said.
Henderson also caught four passes for 18 yards. The senior has
247 receptions, second on the NCAA career list among running backs
behind Long Beach State's Mark Templeton, who had 262 from 1984-87.
Texas Tech entered ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring
offense, total offense and passing offense, but Indiana State
forced the Red Raiders to punt after only three plays on their
"I feel like we gained their respect from the first series of
the ballgame," Sycamores defensive back Rocky Alo said. "No one
expected us to come out and force Texas Tech to three and out."
But the Red Raiders, who host Kansas to begin Big 12 play next
weekend, finished with 538 total yards. Backup Graham Harrell threw
a 9-yard touchdown to Marquis Johnson in the third quarter, and
Shannon Woods had a 12-yard run in the fourth to complete the
Blayne Baggett threw a 5-yard pass to Jami Petrowski in the
fourth quarter for Indiana State's only points. The Sycamores' Sam
Logan, who had 17 receptions in a 27-15 loss to Murray State last
week, didn't catch a pass.
Texas Tech's Robert Johnson entered the game ranked No. 1 in the
nation with 169 yards receiving per game, but was held to only 12
on two catches.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Division I-AA Sycamores agreed to make the trip down to Lubbock.
Gameball goes to... Taurean Henderson, who ran for 141 yards and 3 TDs on 10 carries.
Stat of the game... 55, 330: Henderson set Tech career records for TDs and points.