Mike Leach is one of the better offensive minds that college football has ever seen. Leach’s teams have always been able to fill up the scoreboard through his air raid passing attack, which took the sport by storm when Leach was an offensive coordinator under Hal Mumme at Kentucky, of all places. Since his short stint as a coordinator in Lexington, Leach found success as the head coach at Texas Tech and then Washington State, and now he is teaching his passing ways in Starkville.
In Leach’s debut with the Bulldogs earlier this season, his quarterback, KJ Costello, threw for a record 623 yards and five touchdowns in an upset of defending champion LSU. One week later, Costello threw for 300+ yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort against Arkansas.
But Saturday night at Kentucky, Leach ran into a Mark Stoops defense with its back against the wall after two disappointing performances to start the season. The Cats responded with six interceptions (it could’ve been seven, eight, maybe even nine) and held Leach’s offense to zero points scored in the game.
It was the first time in Leach’s 19-year coaching career that his team didn’t score a touchdown, and it happened where his air raid got its start.
231 straight games with at least one touchdown… until Saturday.