Cumbie weighs in on TCU Rivalry

Texas Tech co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has played and coached against TCU. Now Cumbie weighs in on the Horned Frogs coming to Lubbock for the first time in nine years.

Kliff Kingsbury has yet to face the TCU Horned Frogs. Sonny Cumbie has faced TCU twice. Once as a player and once as a coach.

Cumbie got the chance to coach against TCU in 2012 when Texas Tech traveled to Fort Worth and played in the newly renovated Amon G.  Carter Stadium. Unless you are new to the scene or were asleep throughout the Tommy Tuberville era, you probably remember how interesting the game turned out.

The final score was 56-53 in triple overtime.

Tech would end up with one more win before Tuberville bolted to Cincinnati and Tech hired current Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Cumbie said he has reminisced about the 2004 game lately.

"It's been a long time," Cumbie said. "I was thinking about that."

The last time TCU entered Jones AT&T Stadium, Cumbie was the Texas Tech quarterback. The game was nine years ago in 2004 when a cocky TCU team jumped out to a 21-0 lead.

If you can remember watching the game on television, Fox Sports Southwest reporter Jim Knox stated that TCU defensive back Marvin Godbolt said, "They are not going to score today." For a while, it looked like Godbolt was correct. Then the Red Raider offense woke up.

"The first thing was all the boo-birds I was getting," Cumbie said. "It was 21-0. It was bad and then we completed that ball to Hicks and just kinda got it going."

Runningback Taurean Henderson put the Red Raiders on the board for the first time with 6:24 left in the second quarter. Cumbie would toss two touchdowns to tie up the ballgame heading into halftime.

The week prior to facing TCU, Tech lost to New Mexico. Cumbie still has people mention the loss to him.

"I get reminded of that quite a bit," Cumbie said.

Tech came out of halftime and scored 28 points in the third quarter. Mike Leach's squad did not stop there. Henderson capped off a streak of 56 unanswered points with a 2 yard touchdown with 13:08 remaining in the game.

TCU scored two more touchdowns before the Red Raiders finished off the game eventually winding up with a 70-35 victory.

It was the first matchup between the two teams since they were Southwest Conference rivals. Cumbie finished 30-50 with 441 yards and four touchdown passes. TCU racked up 316 total yards. Red Raider fans may be wondering what Godbolt thought of his words after the game.

Cumbie is 2-0 against the Horned Frogs when dressed in the scarlet and black. He'll look to go 3-0 when the Horned Frogs return to Jones AT&T Stadium Thursday.

Cumbie told the press what he thought of the game Monday.

Cumbie said, "That was a fun afternoon for us."

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