Texas Tech Edges Past Kansas, 31-30

Sonny Cumbie throws four interceptions and has two touchdown passes in the win against Kansas. (file photo)

Sonny Cumbie throws four interceptions and has two touchdown passes in the win against Kansas. (file photo)
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Sept. 25, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Taurean Henderson ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard burst in the final minutes, and Texas Tech came back from a 25-point first-half deficit to beat Kansas 31-30 on Saturday.

Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) scored 26 unanswered points against the Jayhawks (2-2, 1-1), who did not score after halftime.

Henderson's game-breaking run with 2{ minutes remaining came three plays after Kansas' Scott Webb hit the left upright on a 39-yard field goal attempt. Two plays after Henderson's long run, Jabari Smith sealed the Red Raiders' win with the second of their three interceptions.

Sonny Cumbie threw four interceptions for the Red Raiders, but also had two touchdown passes. He finished 28-for-52 for 356 yards with scoring passes to Trey Haverty and Jarrett Hicks. The receiving duo had eight catches each for the Red Raiders - Haverty for 143 yards and Hicks for 131.

Texas Tech's offensive outburst came a week after scoring 56 straight in a 70-35 win over TCU.

Webb also came up short from 45 yards earlier in the fourth quarter, part of the biggest comeback ever against the Jayhawks. Colorado came back from a 19-0 deficit in the fourth quarter for a 20-19 victory in 1961.

After Charles Gordon - a Jayhawks cornerback - caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Adam Barmann, Kansas led 30-5 with 48 seconds left in the second quarter. Gordon also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play.

The Red Raiders needed only 33 seconds to drive 80 yards and score on Cumbie's 32-yard pass to Haverty. After a failed 2-point attempt, Texas Tech entered intermission trailing 30-11.



Chad Johnson set the tone for the second half on the Jayhawks' first possession, intercepting Barmann's pass and returning it 56 yards to Kansas' 12.

Two plays later, Henderson's 1-yard TD run got the Red Raiders within 30-18, and Cumbie's 27-yard scoring pass to Hicks late in the third made it 30-24 after a botched conversion kick.

The Red Raiders went up 2-0 on Kansas' first possession, when Kevin Kane's snap went through punter Kyle Tucker's legs and out the back of the end zone for a safety.

But Kansas responded when Rodney Harris intercepted a pass on Texas Tech's ensuing position, and Barmann hooked up with John Randle on a 36-yard screen pass one play later to put the Jayhawks up 7-2.

Randle's 1-yard run later in the first made it 14-2. Then, after Texas Tech's Alex Trlica and Webb traded field goals, Gordon took a pitch from Barmann and found Brandon Rideau alone at the goal line for a 24-5 lead.

Webb's field goal came after Clark McCracken recovered Danny Amendola's muff at Texas Tech's 21.


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