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Tech shuts out Baylor

Hodges sloppy, but Raiders still win, 28-0

October 30, 2005

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— Texas Tech's wacky aerial attack was held in check for most of the day, and quarterback Cody Hodges was downright sloppy at times.

But the Red Raiders finally got it together in the fourth quarter, with Hodges throwing a key touchdown pass to help No. 17 Texas Tech to a 28-0 victory Saturday over Baylor.

"This is probably the worst game I've ever played in my life," said Hodges, who threw for 266 yards and two interceptions. "The first half I threw a lot of bad balls - bad decisions - but nobody panicked."

Texas Tech (7-1 overall, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) is off to its best start since 1976 when the team went 8-1, and the Red Raiders have won 10 straight over Baylor (4-4, 1-4).

The Raiders led 6-0 early in the fourth when Hodges found Robert Johnson in the middle of the field on a short pass. He shook off one defender before stiff-arming another and zigzagging down the field for a 50-yard score.

Taurean Henderson had 69 yards rushing in the fourth and scored on runs of one and two yards. His second touchdown was set up by a 60-yard interception return by Antonio Huffman.

Henderson finished with 136 yards on 18 carries for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. He caught three passes for 14 yards and now needs just 75 yards to become the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving.

Receiver Jarrett Hicks helped out late, gaining 80 of his 115 yards receiving in the second half.

Tech is bowl eligible for a 13th straight season, making the Red Raiders the only Big 12 team to be eligible in every year of the league.

For the first 45 minutes, the Red Raiders looked like they were still reeling from last week's 52-17 loss to No. 2 Texas. The offense sputtered until the fourth quarter and Hodges had only 162 yards heading into the fourth quarter. He was picked off twice in the first half, but recovered to throw for 104 yards in the final 15 minutes.

"It's as good as anybody's played them this year," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said.

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