WACO, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech's wacky aerial attack was held in check for most of the day and quarterback Cody Hodges was downright sloppy at times.
But the Red Raiders finally got it together in the fourth quarter, with Hodges throwing a key touchdown pass to help No. 17 Texas Tech to a 28-0 win over Baylor on Saturday.
"This is probably the worst game I've ever played in my life," said Hodges, who threw for 266 yards and two interceptions. "The first half I threw a lot of bad balls -- bad decisions -- but nobody panicked."
Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) is off to its best start since 1976 when the team went 8-1, and the Red Raiders have won 10 straight over Baylor (4-4, 1-4).
The shutout was Tech's first since 2002 and its first ever in a Big 12 road game.
The Raiders led 6-0 early in the fourth when Hodges found Robert Johnson in the middle of the field on a short pass. He shook off one defender before stiff-arming another and zigzagging down the field for a 50-yard score.
Hodges then hit Bristol Olomua for the two-point conversion.
Taurean Henderson had 69 yards rushing in the fourth and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards. His second touchdown was set up by a 60-yard interception return by Antonio Huffman.
Henderson finished with 136 yards on 18 carries for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. He caught three passes for 14 yards and now needs just 75 yards to become the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards
The senior said he never lost confidence in the team.
"[You] can't never be nervous," he said. "You have to stay positive and believe in yourself."
Receiver Jarrett Hicks helped out late, gaining 80 of his 115 yards receiving in the second half.
Tech is bowl eligible for a 13th straight season, making the Red Raiders the only Big 12 team to be eligible in every year of the league. They had to reach seven victories, rather than the usual six, because they were only allowed to count one of their wins over
Division I-AA opponents.
For the first 45 minutes, the Red Raiders looked like they were still reeling from last week's 52-17 loss to No. 2 Texas. The offense sputtered until the fourth quarter and Hodges, the nation's leading passer averaging 398.4 yards entering the game, had only
162 yards heading into the fourth quarter.
He was picked off twice in the first half but recovered to throw for 104 yards in the final 15 minutes.
"It's as good as anybody's played them this year," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "Had we gotten anything going offensively, the fourth quarter probably wouldn't have gotten out of hand."
Baylor applied constant pressure to Hodges in the first half and he had as many completions (two) as interceptions in the second quarter.
Hodges' 22 completions and total passing yards were his fewest since he completed 25 for 227 against Indiana State. He only played half that game.
Tech's only points of the first half came on field goals of 33 and 47 yards by Alex Trlica. Saturday marked the first time since a 28-13 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 2, 2004, that the Red Raiders hadn't scored a touchdown in the first half.
"[It was] one of those deals where you've got to be patient, keep pounding until stuff starts going your way," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "Which it did."
Baylor had a chance to take the lead early in the third quarter when Shawn Bell threw what looked like a touchdown to Dominique Zeigler in the corner of the end zone.
Officials ruled him out of bounds. The play was upheld upon review even though replay appeared to show his right foot landing in bounds before his left foot hit out of bounds.
Baylor made a field goal but Tech was called for roughing the kicker and the Bears decided to go for it from the 2-yard line. Paul Mosley was stuffed just short of the goal line and Baylor came up empty again after that play was reviewed and confirmed.
"Guy had faith in me and said, 'Get it,'" Mosley said of his scoring attempt. "I tried everything I could and was really grinding. I felt like I got it."
Tech had just 139 yards and eight first downs at halftime and Hodges had 91 yards passing.
Anthony Arline leaped high into the air to grab one of Baylor's two interceptions on the 32-yard line as Hodges threw under heavy pressure in the second quarter. Baylor wasn't able to convert though and had to punt it away.
Bell was 13-of-21 with two interceptions for 127 yards before being replaced by Terrance Parks in the fourth quarter. Parks threw for 77 yards and had an interception.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Cody Hodges connected with Robert Hodges on a 50-yard TD play in the fourth quarter to put the Red Raiders up 14-0 and signal to Baylor that the Tech offense was finally waking up.
Gameball goes to... The Texas Tech defense, which recorded its first shutout since 2002 and first ever in a Big 12 road game.
Stat of the game... 5: The number of consecutive times Texas Tech, when playing the role of homecoming opponent, has ruined that team's Homecoming by winning, including Saturday's win over Baylor.