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Mike Leach’s offense didn’t score for the first time in 232 career games

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for Mike Leach’s offense didn’t score for the first time in 232 career games

  1. UKinIN
    12:41 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    While I’m thrilled about the win and the defense not giving up points, let’s not forget that Leach is in his first season and he didn’t have a normal spring because coronavirus reactions. But let’s appreciate that UK finally didn’t have to face NFL quality WR and they made them look bad.

  2. blueballs80
    1:13 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    I guess dropping 8 back helped.

  3. JohnnyCat
    7:37 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    They needed more cow-bell. UK was a matchup nightmare for State. UK didn’t play a gimmick defense or do something they don’t always do. Stoops entire philosophy since being at UK has been to basically drop 7-8 in zone and rarely blitz. The teams that hurt us usually run the ball well enough to cause him to start adjusting and then gambling with the blitz.

  4. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    11:54 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Costello three 3 picks again f’d arkansas not 3 touchdowns FYI

    This is a great state and love that it ended in Lexington; home of the air raid

  5. bbn606
    6:49 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

    There’s a couple of times Leach’s teams failed to score a touchdown, the last being against Cal in 2017. Do your homework KSR.