Taurean Henderson had a record-setting night, rushing for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns, bringing his career total to 55 and breaking the school record of 52. Tech's running game was spectacular with Henderson averaging over 14 yards per carry, and back-up Shannon Woods racking up 13 yards per carry. Cody Hodges spread the ball around this game, throwing touchdowns to Joel Filani, Jarrett Hicks, and Robert Johnson. Hodges threw for 226 yards and 3 tds, but he also threw his first interception of the season.
Coach Leach benched many of the offensive starters after the first half, which gave the second string offense an opportunity to gain some valuable experience. Harrell completed 9 of 15 passes for 69 yards and 1 touchdown.
At the end of the first half, Tech scored three touchdowns in a little over two minutes. Robert Johnson started the scoring frenzy with a 7-yard catch from Hodges. On the ensuing kickoff, the Red Raider special teams recovered an Indiana State fumble. The offense scored in less than 10 seconds when Hodges connected with Filani on an 11-yard pass. The Red Raider defense held strong again and forced the Sycamores to punt the ball away. Brandon Douglas flew in from the outside and blocked the punt and then recovered it in the end zone.
Tech's defense held Indiana State scoreless for nearly 56 minutes, allowing only 268 total yards on the night. The Sycamores gained 123 yards through the air and 145 on the ground. True freshman McKinner Dixon out of Lufkin, Texas had a great game from his defensive end position. He was able to get in the back field with ease and caused a lot of problems for the Sycamores.
Penalties continued to plague the Red Raiders, who had 10 penalties for 86 yards. This is the 3rd week in a row that Tech has had a problem with penalties, which will need to be straightened out by next week when Big 12 play begins.