Mike Leach's high-powered passing attack generated a series of great victories for the fans at Texas Tech.
His innovative style produced quarterbacks who were able to put up record-breaking passing statistics.
The list of starting quarterbacks benefiting from Leach's system in Lubbock included: Kliff Kingsbury 2000-2002, B.J. Symons 2003, Sonny Cumbie 2004, Cody Hodges 2005, Graham Harrell 2006-2008, and Steven Sheffield/Taylor Potts in 2009.
I've taken a look at some of the signature wins for Coach Leach at Texas Tech. I'll identify one key victory from each of the ten years of Leach's career at Tech.
2000: Oct. 28, 45-39 win against the Kansas Jayhawks. Coach Leach picks up his first conference road win by beating Kansas in Lawrence. Kliff Kingsbury throws four touchdown passes to Derek Dorris and totals 394 passing yards.
2001: Nov. 10, 49-30 over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Leach's offense proves it has the ability to score big on the road with a blowout over OSU in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kingsbury throws for 440 yards and four touchdowns.
2002: Nov. 16, 42-38 home win over the University of Texas. Leach gets his first win as head coach over the University of Texas. Tech is led by Kliff Kingsbury passing for 473 yards and six touchdowns. Texas entered the game ranked No. 3 in the nation with the nation's third-ranked pass defense.
2003: Sept. 27, 49-45 win over the University of Mississippi. B.J Symons throws for a Big 12 record of 661 yards against the University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi. Eli Manning was the losing quarterback in this game. Manning goes on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
2004: Dec. 30, 45-31 Holiday Bowl win over the California Bears. Sonnie Cumbie throws for 520 yards, three touchdowns, and lands the MVP award. Cal entered the game ranked fourth in the nation but fell to the 11-point underdog Red Raiders.
2005: Nov. 19, 23-21 home victory over the University of Oklahoma. Mike Leach gets his first win over his former boss Bob Stoops. Cody Hodges throws for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
2006: Dec. 29, 44-41 Insight Bowl win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Red Raiders trailed by 31 points with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter but tied the game forcing overtime.
Tech won in the first overtime scoring a touchdown and holding Minnesota to a field goal. Graham Harrell throws for 445 yards completing 36 of 55 passes. This game set the record for the biggest comeback in a Division I FBS bowl game, breaking the 30 point deficit erased by Marshall in the 2001 GMAC bowl.
2007: November 17, 34-27 home win over the University of Oklahoma. Graham Harrell completed 47 of 72 passes for 420 yards and two touchdowns in upset of No. 3 ranked Sooners. The victory knocks OU out of the national title chase. Oklahoma had no answer for Michael Crabtree who had 12 catches for 154 yards.
2008: November 1, 39-33 home win over the University of Texas Longhorns. Texas goes to Lubbock with plans for another BCS bowl championship game and national title. Graham Harrell leads a furious last minute drive that ends with a winning last second touchdown to Michael Crabtree.
2009: October 17. 31-10 road win over the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska had one of nation's top defenses. Quarterback Steven Sheffield throws one touchdown and runs for two more. Thirty one points is the most scored by any team against Nebraska in all of 2009.
These wins make a pretty impressive resume. I would be interested in hearing what you feel is the top win in the career of Leach at Texas Tech.
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