Tangent should be Mike Leach’s middle name, not Charles, which doesn’t seem to fit.
He went off on one Saturday, but he did just perhaps turn his Mississippi State’s team back around with a 26-22 win at falling fast Texas A&M. And he is open this week before the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1 SEC) host No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0) on Oct. 16.
Leach also won for the fourth time out of his last five games at Texas A&M’s 102,733-seat Kyle Field.
“It’s always good to win at Kyle Field, and I’ve done it more than most people have,” he said.
Leach is 4-2 in Kyle Field — 1-0 as Mississippi State’s coach and 3-2 as Texas Tech’s coach from 2000-09. His “Air Raid” offenses — developed as offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky and Oklahoma — tend to put up points in bunches there. His Texas Tech team won 48-47 at Kyle in 2002, 31-27 in 2006 and 43-25 in 2008.
“It’s awesome to win at Kyle Field,” he said. “Kyle Field’s one of the greatest places. I’d be willing to hear your list if you wanted to offer it of better stadiums to play, but if this is below that top five, I mean you’re going to have to get another line of work.