2004 Texas Tech Football
Red Raiders vs. SMU (Gerald Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas)
Sept. 4, 2004
Texas Tech Postgame NotesGETTING STARTED
Texas Tech won the opening kickoff and elected to receive the ball and defend the north endzone.
Seniors Adell Duckett and Mike Smith are the most seasoned veterans on the squad as both made their 39th career appearance while Smith made his 34th career start compared to 26 by Duckett.
The following Red Raiders made their first career starts tonight: Sonny Cumbie, Joel Filani, Jarrett Hicks, Dek Bake, Antonio Huffman and Khalid Naziruddin. Danny Amendola (WR), Dek Bake (DT) and Khalid Nazirruddin (RC) made an appearance in their first Division I contest tonight against SMU. Bake is a transfer from Reedley Junior College while Nazirrudin transferred from Division III Howard Payne and Amendola is a true freshman from The Woodlands, Texas.
Starters - (LT) Daniel Loper, (LG) Cody Campbell, (C) Dylan Gandy, (RG) Manuel Ramirez, (RT) E.J. Whitley, (QB) Sonny Cumbie, (F) Taurean Henderson, (BH) Clay McGuire, (Y) Joey Hawkins, (X) Jarrett Hicks, (Z) Joel Filani (Defense) - (LE) Seth Nitschmann, (NT) Fred Thwreatt, (DT) Dek Bake, (RE) Adell Duckett, (SAM) John Saldi, (MIKE) Brock Stratton, (WILL) Mike Smith, (LC) Antonio Huffman, (SS) Chad Johnson, (FS) Vincent Meeks, (RC) Khalid Naziruddin
RED RAIDERS DRAW BIG IN BIG D Tonight's crowd of 34,689 marked the third sellout in the history of Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Two of the three sellouts have occurred with SMU hosting the Red Raiders (32,000 in 2002). The first was the initial game in the stadium when SMU faced Kansas Sept. 2, 2000. Tonight's crowd is a new stadium record.
OPENING THE SEASON
Texas Tech opened on the road for just the second time in the Mike Leach era and in the process picked up its first win since the 1997 season when Tech defeated Baylor 17-7 in Waco.
Texas Tech is now 51-26-3 in season opening games and has met SMU in the opener now three times in school history (Tech now 2-1 against the Mustangs in season openers).
Head Coach Mike Leach improved to 15-5 against non-conference opponents.
NEW YEAR, NEW QUARTERBACK Tonight's game marked the second time in Head Coach Mike Leach's tenure that a fifth year senior quarterback took over the offense in the season opener. Last season B.J. Symons took over for record setting QB Kliff Kingsbury and went on to complete the most prolific single season passing attack in NCAA history (5,833). In his debut last season Symons passed for 297 yards (23-of-38 with one INT and three TD's) against SMU in Lubbock while Kingsbury threw for 186 yards (21-of-47 with two TD's and one INT) in his first game under Leach against Utah State on Sept. 2, 2000. Note: Kingsbury's first career start was against Oklahoma on Nov. 20 1999 under then head coach Spike Dykes.
Sonny Cumbie's Final Stats: 470 yards (40 of 66 with 4 TDs). Cumbie's 470 yards bests the first career starting performances of predecessors Kingsbury and Symons.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech's first touchdown of the 2004 season came on a 14-yard pass from Sonny Cumbie to Bristol Olomua at the 2:16 mark in the first quarter (Tech's second possession of the game). The touchdown was Cumbie's second career TD and was the first career receiving touchdown by Olomua.
Texas Tech has now scored in 81 straight games dating back to a 16-13 win over Texas A&M on Oct. 25, 1997. The scoring streak is the second longest in school history.
The Texas Tech defense has now recorded at least one turnover in the last six games dating back to the 2003 season. The unit picked up three turnovers in the game for the first time since the Texas game last season in Austin.
Cornerback Antonio Huffman picked up his first career interception on the final play of the first half. He added a fumble recovery to his game resume at the 4:42 mark in the third quarter.
Wide receiver Joel Filani scored his first career touchdown (15 yard reception from Cumbie) on what was just his second career reception and the first of this season. The TD came at the 7:23 mark in the third quarter and Alex Trlica connected on the extra point. The extra point was the first action of Trlica's career.