7:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Jones AT&T Stadium, LUBBOCK, TX
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Mike Leach was just moderately pleased with how Texas Tech rebounded after a loss a week ago.
With a 62-0 win over Division I-AA Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night, the coach now wants to see if the Red Raiders can sustain it.
"We're going to see if we can play well for two weeks in a row instead of short periods of time," said Leach, who was critical of his team all week after a 12-3 loss to nationally ranked TCU. "We were up for this one, now we need to make sure we're up for the next one."
Tech opens Big 12 play at Texas A&M on Saturday.
Graham Harrell threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns -- all in the first half -- against the Lions.
Tech scored on six of its first seven possessions and the game was out of reach by the end of the first half with Tech up 42-0.
"I think that from top to bottom we played pretty well," Leach said. "As a result we had a level of consistency in our play."
Harrell was replaced in the second half by backup Chris Todd, who completed a 48-yard pass to Jarrett Hicks on his first play. It was the first game back for Hicks, Tech's top receiver. He missed the first three games before the NCAA granted him an academic eligibility waiver Friday.
"I felt like I worked hard in practice trying to stay in shape and be ready," said Hicks, who had three catches for 59 yards. "Really, this was a good starting point."
Three plays later, Shannon Woods scored on a 5-yard run to put Tech up 49-0.
The Lions (1-3) allowed 106 yards rushing and 403 yards passing, and their offense sputtered throughout. Southeastern Louisiana finished with only seven first downs and 119 total yards.
The Lions' longest drive came in the first quarter and lasted only nine plays.
Lions coach Dennis Roland missed the game and two preceding contests as he fights an infection brought on by chemotherapy he received for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was diagnosed in May 2005, but the cancer has remained in remission since the end of last season.
"It would have been good if (Tech) had been coming off a win against TCU," Lions coach designate Tony Hatmaker said. "That would have been in our favor."
The Red Raiders (3-1) were trying to rebound from last week's measly offensive outing. Tech had more total yards in the first half Saturday night (315) than it got the whole game (242) against the Horned Frogs.
"It wasn't a lack of confidence," Harrell said of last week's performance. "We went into that game last week with the wrong mind-set and the wrong mentality. You do that, you'll get beat every time."
Harrell was flustered last week by TCU's pressure, but this time he threw touchdown passes of 9, 5, 7 and 6 yards. He completed 20 of 29 passes, and Todd was 10-of-12 for 151 yards.
"Coach Leach has made it clear to all of us that we have to go out there and earn our jobs," Hicks said. "Hopefully, I can go out there and earn my job. I have a lot of hunger after missing the first three games."
The TCU loss knocked the Red Raiders out of the Top 25 and Tech coach Mike Leach promised to make changes for what he called the "sorriest offensive effort" he'd ever seen. For the first few plays, he kept receivers Joel Filani, Robert Johnson and Todd Walker on the sideline.
Once they got in, though, they made their presence known. Walker caught a 9-yard pass from Harrell on Tech's first possession, and Filani caught touchdown passes of 5 yards and 7 yards in the first half.
"It is what it is," Filani said of the early benching. "Coach Leach always tries to do things to get us riled up or get us motivated."
The shutout was Leach's seventh and is the most for a Tech coach since Dell Morgan, who had 20 from 1941-50.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-14||3-8|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|TD||13:17||TODD WALKER 9 YD PASS FROM GRAHAM HARRELL (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||11:12||SHANNON WOODS 18 YD RUN (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||3:17||JOEL FILANI 5 YD PASS FROM GRAHAM HARRELL (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||10:55||JOEL FILANI 7 YD PASS FROM GRAHAM HARRELL (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||5:38||BARON BATCH 13 YD RUN (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||2:05||JARRETT HICKS 6 YD PASS FROM GRAHAM HARRELL (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yards.
|TD||10:03||SHANNON WOODS 5 YD RUN (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||4:57||L.A. REED 22 YD PASS FROM CHRIS TODD (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 22 yards.
|FG||14:21||ALEX TRLICA 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 31 yards.
|FG||5:57||ALEX TRLICA 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yards.