Properly speaking, Texas Tech and Sam Houston State do not have a series history insofar as the two schools have played only one game. Still, Tech and Sam Houston State do have a history, very modest though it may be.
The history occurred on Sept. 17, 2005 in Lubbock when Mike Leach’s Red Raiders put the monumental sum of 80 points on the Bearkats, while allowing the visitors to score 21. The 80 points were second most in school history, trailing the 120 Tech scored on Wayland Baptist in 1925, Tech’s first season of football. The number eclipsed the 71 points Tech hung on New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State) in 1953, to settle in the No. 2 position.
This game was never remotely in question. At the end of the first quarter the score stood at 28-0, with the Red Raiders scratching on touchdown passes to Jarrett Hicks andscoring runs by Taurean Henderson.
The second quarter was only half as bad for Sam Houston as Tech tacked on only 21 more points while the visitors managed a touchdown of their own.
In the third quarter, with the Red Raiders up 56-7, Leach pulled starting quarterback Cody Hodges and replaced him with Graham Harrell. Hodges finished with 436 yards and five touchdowns on 26 of 37 passing, while Harrell added 208 yards and another touchdown, while connecting on 14 of his 17 attempts. Robert Johnson was the star receiver, snaring eight passes for a whopping 209 yards without, however, scoring a touchdown.
And truthfully, Tech did almost all of its damage through the air, netting a modest 120 total rushing yards on 26 attempts. Even against an overmatched Sam Houston outfit, the Red Raiders were hardly a team that could mash you in the ground game.
Tech also fared poorly in terms of penalties, getting whistled for 15 infractions amounting to 142 yards.
Defensively, however, the Red Raiders were stellar. This was the unit in which Dwayne Slay emerged as a senior, and it held the Bearkats to 253 yards, 195 of which came through the air.
Phillip Daugherty, a former Texas Tech signee from Bridgeport, Texas, didn’t start for Sam Houston, but put up most of the Bearkats’ passing numbers, going for 157 yards and a TD on 13 of 25 passing.
After dumping Sam Houston in game two of the season to go 2-0, the Red Raiders would win four more in a row before losing to Texas in Austin 52-17. Tech finished with a 9-3 record, closing out the season on a melancholy note, dropping a gut-puncher to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl by a 13-10 count. A loss in the Cotton Bowl in 2015 would count as the capper to a very successful season, and a lopsided win over Sam Houston a surprise.