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Callahan not bitter about rout

October 12, 2004


— Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach never stops trying to score points, even with a big lead. He makes no apologies for that, and Nebraska coach Bill Callahan doesn't expect any.

Not even after Nebraska's 70-10 loss that was the worst in school history. Texas Tech scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first two with starter Sonny Cumbie still throwing passes.

"I don't have any problem with it. We're accountable for putting points on the board and holding points off the board," Callahan said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "You can't get sensitive to that."

Especially the Cornhuskers, four-time national champions who so often have been on the winning side of such lopsided scores.

"It's not possible for Nebraska as an institution to criticize anybody for a big score," said Leach, whose first Tech team lost, 56-3, to the Cornhuskers in 2000.

Plus, the score and the circumstances Saturday were somewhat of an anomaly.

Nebraska kept giving the ball away, especially late when the score got out of hand. Of its seven turnovers, five came on consecutive drives that directly led to the last five Tech touchdowns.

The Red Raiders lead the nation with 428 yards passing per game and were throwing as usual, but they had to go less than 15 yards for four of their last five scores.

"This was kind of a floodgate game," Leach said. "We're not that good. Nebraska's not that bad."

  • Title rematch: When they played in December, Kansas State beat Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game.

That was a long time ago for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2). This isn't the same team that won the last league title.

"You'd like to think there would be the belief that anything can happen at any time," coach Bill Snyder said. "Miracles can happen, but this team and last year's team ... there is a distinct difference between the two."

While the Wildcats are struggling, No. 2 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) is as strong as ever. And the Sooners surely haven't forgotten the 35-7 loss that cost them a shot at the national championship.

"I'm sure they're not lacking for motivation," Snyder said.

  • Extra points: Missouri leads the Big 12 North, but isn't thinking about winning the division. "We're not good enough to consider other things," coach Gary Pinkel said. "We have enough to worry about. That's Texas." ... Colorado coach Gary Barnett said his team was getting better despite two straight losses. Silly mistakes have hurt, such as not covering an Oklahoma State receiver who never went to the huddle after coming off the sideline.

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