There’s only 16 days remaining until the Red Raiders take the field against the Ole Miss Rebels. Today, we will not only be talking about one of the best quarterbacks in Texas Tech history, but the current head coach of the Red Raiders, Kliff Kingsbury.
Kingsbury originally came to play quarterback for Coach Spike Dykes. He hailed from New Braunfels, Texas where he threw for 3000 yards and 34 touchdowns. He began making an impact in his redshirt freshman year as he started the final game of that year against the Oklahoma Sooners. At the end of the season, the Red Raiders made a coaching change, bringing in new head coach Mike Leach, who would not only bring in a new attitude, but a new offensive scheme, the air raid offense.
Kingsbury thrived in this offensive scheme, taking the starting spot as a sophomore and throwing for 3,400 yards with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He led the team to 7 wins and a bowl appearance in Coach Leach’s first season. His second season was only slightly better than his first yardage wise, but Kingsbury took better care of the ball, dropping his interceptions from 17 to 9. His senior season was one of the best in college football history.
Kingsbury, along with head coach Mike Leach led the Red Raiders to a nine win season and a win in the Tangerine Bowl in 2002. Kingsbury set many Red Raider records that year by becoming the first Red Raider to throw for over 5,000 yards in one season as he threw for 5,017 that season. He also threw 45 touchdowns, the most to that date. This included two 6 touchdown performances against New Mexico and rival Texas. Not only did Kingsbury beat Texas that year, but by beating Texas, he became the first Texas Tech Quarterback to beat both Texas and Oklahoma in his career.
When he left Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury had essentially re-written the record books on passing in Texas Tech history. He left the school with the most passing yards and touchdowns in school history with 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns. Kingsbury still ranks second all-time in Texas Tech history in both of those categories, only behind Graham Harrell. He also is still currently 7th all-time in Big 12 history in passing yards, is 6th all-time in passing touchdowns, and 3rd all-time in completions with 1,231. He was the conference’s first true air raid quarterback, and someone who set the trend for great quarterbacks who have come since.
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