Home Opener for the Record Books

Hometown fans were given quite a show today at Jones SBC Stadium. Texas Tech recovered from a slow first quarter to pick up the largest come-back in school history, defeating TCU 70-35. Quarterback Sonny Cumbie and the rest of the Red Raiders came out blazing after the tied half, entertaining the crowd with a notorious passing assault complemented by devastating punt returns and the most outstanding defensive performance since the Spike Dykes era. The SWARM is back!

"I can't say enough about the players and how they came together and rose up. Our plays didn't change, it was the mentality, attitude and chemistry," said Head Coach Mike Leach.

"We came together simultaneously. We've done it in spurts, this time we did it on all three sides of the ball," he added.

The Red Raiders scored 56 unanswered points, the most since 2000. Cumbie remains at the top of the nation's passing game with 441 yards and four touchdown passes.

"Once we relaxed and played our game everything went well. When you're down 21-0 you have to take one possession at a time. We knew we could score seven points each drive and we did," said Cumbie.

"We had a lot of momentum from there and we fed off of the defense. This time we were 7-for-7 in the red zone and we punched it in. We knew once it started it would snowball. We really clicked today," he added.

The running game clicked as well, with junior tailback Taurean Henderson making an impact on the ground, rushing for 68 yards and three touchdowns. He is now ranked ninth on the Texas Tech all-time career rushing touchdown list and is tied for fifth place on the career touchdown list with 32.

Running back Johnny Mack had his first receiving touchdown of the season with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Fans were also witness to a record-setting game by sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Hicks. Hicks had his third straight 150-yard plus game, finishing the day with a total of 211-yards receiving and one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"It's hard not to be on the same page with that guy. He's awesome, he's incredible. I wish I had thrown to him a few more times," said Cumbie.

Hicks had the Horned Frog secondary in a frenzy, weaving through traffic on 45-yard and 62-yard catches.

"The biggest adjustment was execution, executing our offense and making routine plays. Once we got the first touchdown everyone played a little looser. Offense, defense, special teams, everyone started to play well," said Hicks.

Tight end Bristol Olomua added two touchdown catches to the day, picking up the first at the end of the second quarter followed by an Alex Trlica extra point to tie the game. His second touchdown catch in the third quarter gave the Red Raiders the lead.

Freshman receiver Danny Amendola returned four punts for 104 yards. His most impressive runs were a second quarter 52-yard return and a 47-yard return in the third. Amendola weaved through a field of Horned Frogs on both carries.

The defense kept the Red Raiders in the game during the first half by holding TCU to short possessions. The Horned Frogs were kept to just 316 yards of total offense.

"I'm so proud of the defense. [Keyunta] Dawson played excellent. Everyone was playing hard. We aligned and executed. We were hitting on all cylinders. Anytime you do that you're supposed to win," said defensive end Adell Duckett.

Sophomore defensive end Dawson recovered a fumble for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the Red Raiders up 42-21.

"It was a hustle play," said Dawson. Duckett had a busy game himself, being credited for quarterback hurries throughout the game.

"I don't think there's one player on defense who made the big play. I saw Meeks make a couple of plays early, Duckett, I saw Mike Smith make a play, Saldi. It was more of a group unit today, rather than individual players," said Defensive Coordinator Lyle Setencich.

Linebacker Fletcher Session picked up his first career sack in the third quarter, taking down TCU quarterback Tye Gunn.

The Red Raiders(2-1) hit the road next week to take on Kansas.

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