Texas Tech handed Nebraska its worst loss in its 114-year history, with Sonny Cumbie completing 44 of 56 passes for 436 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 70-10 victory in Lubbock, Tex.
Tech (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) recorded its first victory in eight tries against Nebraska (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), which set school records for points allowed and margin of defeat.
Before yesterday, the most points scored against Nebraska came in a 62-36 loss to Colorado in 2001. Nebraska's largest previous margin of defeat was 54, set in a 54-0 loss to Minnesota in 1943 and matched in a 54-0 loss to Indiana in 1944 and a 61-7 loss to Minnesota in 1945.
Cumbie, who came into the game leading the nation in passing yards at 417 yards a game, threw touchdown passes of 22, 80, 6, 3 and 2 yards. It was his fifth straight game of more than 350 yards passing and his fourth of more than 400 yards this season.
First-year coach Bill Callahan's passing game backfired on Nebraska, which threw five interceptions and set up easy Tech scores.
Tech has scored 70 points in each of its two home games this year. The Red Raiders beat TCU, 70-35, in September after trailing by 21 points.
Cumbie's longest scoring pass came late in the first half when he found Jarrett Hicks on the left sideline for an 80-yarder that made it 21-3. It was the longest touchdown pass by Tech since Coach Mike Leach brought his aerial offense five years ago. The longest previous touchdown pass came last season when B.J. Symons threw a 70-yarder to Carlos Francis.
-- Associated Press