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
"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
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.
After Tech's Danny Amendola returned a punt 51 yards to the
Lions 22, L.A. Reed caught a Todd pass around the 10 and ran it in
for Tech's eighth TD.
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
"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
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
"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
The shutout was Leach's seventh and is the most for a Tech coach
since Dell Morgan, who had 20 from 1941-50.