Hodges throws for 333 yards, TD in Big 12 opener

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech and Cody Hodges faced some
decent competition for the first time this season, had a few rough
spots, and managed to stay undefeated.

Cody Hodges passed for 333 yards and a touchdown and ran for a
score in the 16th-ranked Red Raiders' 30-17 victory over Kansas on
Saturday night.

Hodges threw an interception and fumbled four times, losing two
that the Jayhawks (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) converted into points.

"I'm disappointed because our offense only scored two
touchdowns, but I would rather have an ugly win than a pretty
loss," Hodges said. "We didn't play smart at times."

Hodges, though, didn't get much support from his offensive line
as he has earlier this season. In Tech's first three games, the
line allowed the first-team offense to scored pretty much at will.
The Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0) led the nation in scoring coming into
the game, having tallied 56, 80 and 63 points against Florida
International and two Division I-AA schools.

Kansas defenders put pressure on Hodges throughout the game,
forcing him to hurry numerous passes and sacking him four times.

"I don't think I will be able to get up in the morning, to be
honest," Hodges said. "Kansas is a physical team, and they take
great pride in that."

He completed 34 of 52 passes and his yardage was a season low
for when he's played in all four quarters. Jarrett Hicks caught
nine passes for 112 yards -- one of them a 4-yard TD pass.

Leach said blame for the hits Hodges took should be spread

"At times, if he would have recognized better, it would have
saved him some hits," he said. "And at other times, if our
offensive line would have recognized fronts better it would have
saved him some hits."

But the Jayhawks' offense couldn't match the defense's effort,
at least not in the first half.

In the second half, the Jayhawks came to life. Down 20-0, Kansas
finally got on the scoreboard after a turnover by Tech. Hodges
faked a pass and the ball slipped from his hands at his own 23.
Jayhawks end Charlton Keith picked up the ball and returned it to
the Tech 11.

The Jayhawks scored on their first play when John Cornish ran
for a touchdown to whittle the margin to 20-7 early in the third

But Tech drove 56 yards in six plays on the ensuing possession
and made it 27-7, when Hodges ran around end for 5 yards and a

The Jayhawks found its rhythm three possessions later, driving
73 yards to pull within 27-14. The drive included four catches for
43 yards by Mark Simmons, who caught the last one for 17 yards and
a touchdown to close within 27-14.

On Tech's ensuing possession, Hodges fumbled again and gave
Kansas the ball at the Tech's 38. Five plays later, Scott Webb's
field goal made it 27-17 Tech.

A career-best 46-yard field goal by Tech's Alex Trlica put the
game out of reach at 30-17 with 4:44 remaining in the game.

Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino said the difference in the game was

"He is a tough kid," he said. "We knocked him down, sacked
him and got after him all night and he just kept competing, making
play after play after play."

Kansas made it tough on itself in the first half. On first down
from the Jayhawks' 10, Tech linebacker John Saldi forced a fumble
as Kansas quarterback Brian Luke attempted to pitch the ball to
running back Clark Green. Saldi recovered the ball in the end zone
to put Tech up 17-0.

"It was cool to do that," Saldi said. "I've always wanted to
do that, so it was good."

On its next possession, Kansas drove into Tech territory for the
first time with 9:08 remaining in the half before a pass from Luke
was intercepted by Sylvester Brinkley.

But Tech immediately reciprocated when Hodges' pass to Danny
Amendola was deflected by Jerome Kemp and intercepted by Rodney
Fowler, who ran it back for an apparent touchdown.

But an illegal blocking penalty against Kansas called it back
and the Jayhawks got the ball on Tech's 31. But even with a second
chance the Jayhawks couldn't score. Kyle Tucker's field goal
attempt from 51 yards out fell short.

Luke completed 13 of 27 passes and Adam Barmann was 8-for-10.
They combined for only 154 yards passing.

"If it wasn't a misfire, it was a drop," Mangino said. "If it
wasn't a drop, then it wasn't a well-run route."


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