No lead ever safe from a Mike Leach offense

IT WAS JUST about five years ago, when the biggest bowl comeback in the history of college football played out. The coach behind the winning team? Mike Leach.

The 2006 Insight Bowl at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium didn't start out well for Leach and Texas Tech. Minnesota rolled to a commanding 35-7 halftime lead. Then Minnesota ran a 16-play, 78-yard drive that ended in a field goal. The deficit was 38-7, and there was only 7:47 left in the third quarter. Game over, right?

One problem with that, Leach's offense doesn't take long to score.

And Leach's offense proceeded to score 31 unanswered points the rest of the way, with a 52-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Minnesota was held to a field goal in the extra frame. Texas Tech took it into the end zone, and history was made.

Given that Tech had 445 yards passing and overcame such a huge deficit, the focus post-game was naturally on the offense. But Leach's defense, abused in the first half, had just as impressive, if not more, of a turnaround. They held Minnesota to six points total in the second half and overtime.

In the end, it proved no lead is ever safe when it comes to the Air Raid offense. And a fired up Mike Leach defense can have some things to say, too.

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