It was the best game Cody Hodges ever played in a Red Raider uniform, and he helped No. 13 Texas Tech get off to its best start since 1998 (6-0).
Hodges threw for 643 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Raiders beat Kansas State 59-20 on October 15, 2005. His yardage was the fourth highest ever in Division I-A and the second time in two years a Tech quarterback threw for more than 600 yards.
But hardly anyone remembers what Hodges did during that game. What they do remember is one of the most famous hits in Texas Tech football history.
That hit is certainly representative of the beating Tech gave the Bill Snyder-coached Wildcats.
Four Red Raiders (#ReceiverU) topped 100 yards receiving: Joel Filani set a new conference record for receiving yards in a game with 255 on 10 catches, Taurean Henderson caught 10 passes for 118 yards, Jarrett Hicks made nine catches for 105 yards and Robert Johnson caught seven for 107 yards.
But, like we said, despite all those offensive fireworks, senior safety Dwayne Slay made the play of the day. It was the second fumble he forced that game, adding to his Big 12-record eight that would eventually earn him Big 12 Defensive Player of Year honors in 2005.
However, it’s sad to think that such a hit these days would earn you nothing more than a 15-yard penalty and ejection for being too violent. Unfortunately, we’ll likely never see a player like Slay in college football again thanks to the nanny state.