Comeback Kings Prepare for OU

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    The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won despite large deficits

    Sept. 28, 2004

    By Jenny Dial Oklahoma Daily

    Norman, OK (U-WIRE) -- The Texas Tech football team seems to have a flare for drama.

    In the past two games, the Red Raiders have come from behind to defeat their opponents.

    Two weeks ago, the Raiders trailed TCU 21-0 and came back to win 70-35. Last weekend, in soap opera fashion, Tech bounced back from a 30-5 deficit to defeat Kansas 31-30.

    Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach said his team has been getting off to a slow start in games this season, but to football spectators, the Raiders have just become the NCAA's comeback kings.

    "When you get down, you have to stay confident," Tech running back Taurean Henderson, Big 12 Player of the Week, said. "We have been good at staying confident and staying in the game. That makes the difference."

    The Red Raiders' ability to climb from behind could be the key this weekend when they travel to Norman to take on the No. 2 Sooners.

    "We have to go out and play the best we can," Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach said. "[The Sooners] are a good team and we have to worry about going there and playing our best. We have to keep playing the next play and not worry about the scoreboard."

    Low start or strong comeback, the Raiders produce a challenge for the Sooners.

    Except for an early 7-0 lead that Houston took against the Sooners (OU went on to win 63-13), OU has been able to maintain a steady lead on every opponent it has faced this season.

    "This is a big week for our defense," Red Raiders linebacker Mike Smith said. "It's our time to show the nation what kind of defense we have and how much better we are this season. It's a big week for practicing and watching film. Everybody needs to do their job and get ready for Saturday."

    The time to watch the Raiders is right after halftime. Texas Tech has averaged 14.5 points in the third quarter this season, while averaging 23.5 points in the other three quarters combined.

    The third quarter dominance may have something to do with the halftime speech.

    "[Mike Leach is] a great coach and he has a lot of great things to say at halftime," Tech quarterback Sonny Cumbie said. "I think the way he handles this team and the way he handles situations like Saturday is what has made him become the great coach that he is."

    The Sooners host the Raiders at 11:40 a.m. at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Saturday.

    The game is the second conference game for Tech and the first for the Sooners.

    (C) 2004 Oklahoma Daily via U-WIRE

    OU - Texas Tech

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