Texas Tech Cruises Past Baylor|
Nov. 6, 2004
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sonny Cumbie threw for 397 yards and five touchdowns, leading Texas Tech to a 42-17 victory over Baylor on Saturday.
Cumbie, who led the nation in passing entering the game, was 37-of-48 with an interception. He threw two TD passes in the third quarter as Tech (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) broke open a close game. Cumbie threw two 11-yard scoring passes and also added TD throws of 3, 16 and 57 yards.
Baylor (3-6, 1-5), coming off an upset of Texas A&M last week, failed to win its first Big 12 road game and pick up its first consecutive conference wins. The Bears have lost 35 straight Big 12 road games.
Tech struggled in the first half but took a 14-10 lead at the break after Cumbie's 3-yard TD pass to Trey Haverty. Cumbie had a season-low 132 passing yards in the first half and was sacked four times.
The Red Raiders scored on their only drives of the third quarter as Cumbie found Danny Amendola for a 16-yard TD pass and Haverty on a 57-yarder, extending Tech's lead to 28-10.
Haverty finished with 11 receptions and 158 yards, both career highs.
Cumbie threw five TD passes for the second time this season. He also did it in a 70-10 win over Nebraska last month.
Baylor tried to get back into it with a fake punt, but failed to pick up a first down. Cumbie then threw his fourth touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Jarrett Hicks to give the Red Raiders a 35-10 lead.
Tech earned 236 yards on those three scoring drives, while Baylor managed just 21 yards in the span.
Taurean Henderson ran for 81 yards on eight carries and one touchdown in the first half for Tech. He finished with 111 yards on 16 carries.
The Bears led just once, after scoring on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead.
Trent Shelton took a lateral pass from Shawn Bell on a third-and-1 from the Baylor 29. Shelton hugged the sideline before cutting across the field and scampering into the end zone. The 79-yard play was Baylor's longest of the season.