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2004 Texas Tech Football
Red Raiders vs. TCU (Jones SBC Stadium, Lubbock, Texas)
September 18, 2004

Postgame Notes

GETTING STARTED

  • Texas Tech won the opening kickoff for the third-straight week and elected to receive the opening kickoff (TCU defending the south goal).
  • Senior inside receiver Trey Haverty made his first career start in today's game.
  • Today's attendance was 51,272 marking the highest attendance for a season opener since the 1983 season when Tech had 52,109 in attendance for the Texas A&M game.
    Starters - (LT) Daniel Loper, (LG) Cody Campbell, (C) Dylan Gandy, (RG) Manuel Ramirez, (RT) E.J. Whitley, (QB) Sonny Cumbie, (F) Taurean Henderson, (H) Nehemiah Glover, (X) Jarrett Hicks, (Y) Trey Haverty, (Z) Cody Fuller Defense - (LE) Seth Nitschmann, (NT) Chris Hudler, (DT) Ken Scott, (RE) Adell Duckett, (SAM) Fletcher Session, (MIKE) Brock Stratton, (WILL) Mike Smith, (LC) Antonio Huffman, (SS) Chad Johnson, (FS) Vincent Meeks, (RC) Khalid Naziruddin

    RED RAIDERS PICK UP BIGGEST COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN IN SCHOOL HISTORY
    Texas Tech picked up its biggest come-from-behind win in school history today as the Red Raiders rebounded from a 21-point deficit and defeated TCU 70-35. The previous record was 18-point deficit's against Texas A&M in 2002 and Texas in 1998.

    56 UNANSWERED
    Texas Tech scored 56 unanswered points against TCU today marking the largest number of unanswered points since Tech defeated Oklahoma State 58-0 in Mike Leach's first season in 2000.

    DEFENSE BABY!
    The SWARM defense is back! The Red Raider defense turned in its most impressive performance since the Spike Dykes era as Tech held the nation's No. 1 total offense in check. Defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich and staff devised a game plan that held the potent Horned Frog attack to just 316 yards of total offense, down from their average of 543.5. The Tech defense held the Frogs to just 139 yards of total offense in the first half and after the third quarter TCU had just 160 total yards.

     

     

    HICKS SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH THIRD STRAIGHT 150-PLUS YARD GAME
    Sophomore Jarrett Hicks set a new Texas Tech school record today as he picked up his third-straight 150-yard plus receiving game. Hicks had 150 yards receiving in the season opener against SMU and then followed that up again last week with 150 against New Mexico. He finished the game with 211 yards (just the sixth time in school history that a receiver has had a 200-plus yard receiving day) receiving and one touchdown.

    THE BIG ISLAND
    Junior redshirt receiver Bristol Olomua proved again that he can live up to his "big man" ability and be Tech's go-to guy in the clutch. He picked up his third touchdown of the season with two seconds remaining in the first half. The touchdown brought Tech to within one at 21-20 and Alex Trlica tied the game with the extra point. Olomua gave the Red Raiders a 27-21 lead with 12:45 remaining in third quarter when he caught a four-yard pass from Sonny Cumbie. His second touchdown of the game gave him two multiple touchdown games this season.

    HE'S BACK
    Junior tailback Taurean Henderson returned to his old form today, finishing the game with 68 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. He was responsible for Texas Tech's first touchdown of the 2004 home season when he scampered in four yards with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter. Henderson punched in his second touchdown of the game with 9:08 remaining in the third quarter when he took the ball in from six yards out. He now stands in ninth place on the all-time career rushing touchdown list at Texas Tech (surpassing former Tech QB Ron Reeves) and is tied for fifth place on the career touchdowns list with Bobby Cavazos (1951-53) with 32 touchdowns.

    NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Texas Tech's first touchdown of the 2004 home season came on a four-yard rush by Taurean Henderson with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter. Texas Tech was last held scoreless in the first quarter last season at home against Colorado. The rushing touchdown was Henderson's second of the season and the 19th of his career. He now stands in ninth place on the all-time career rushing touchdown list at Texas Tech (surpassing former Tech QB Ron Reeves).
  • Texas Tech was last held scoreless in the first quarter last season at home against Colorado.
  • Freshman receiver Danny Amendola returned punts for the first time this season and registered a 52-yard return late in the second quarter and a 47-yard return in the third. The last true freshman to return a punt was Wes Welker who owns a share of the NCAA record for most career punt returns for touchdown (8 with Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma). He finished the game with 4 returns for 104 yards.
  • Senior tailback Johnnie Mack registered his first receiving touchdown (second of his career) of the season with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.
  • Fletcher Session picked up his first career sack in the third quarter when he took down TCU quarterback Tye Gunn for a loss of eight yards.
  • Sophomore defensive end Keyunta Dawson returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown with 9:08 remaining in the third quarter to give Texas Tech a 42-21 lead. The fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Tech defense since the Baylor game in 2001 when Paul McClendon returned a fumble 21 yards. The defensive score was the first for Texas Tech since the SMU game in 2003 when Adell Duckett intercepted a pass and returned it five yards for the touchdown.
  • The Texas Tech produced more points in today's game against TCU than in either of the first two games combined (27 vs. SMU and 24 against New Mexico).
  • The 70 points scored by Texas Tech was the most since 1953, a 71-0 win against New Mexico A&M.
  • Junior quarterback, Cody Hodges, notched his first career touchdown pass with 3:05 remaining in the game when he connected with Johnnie Mack for a 30-yard score.
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