Kliff Kingsbury

A season after leading the Red Raiders to a 7-0 start and a big bowl win over Arizona State, Kliff Kingsbury will remain the head coach at Texas Tech through the 2020 season, the university said last Friday. Kingsbury, who quarterbacked the team from 1998-2002, led the Red Raiders to their third-straight bowl game and unified a fan base that has been fractured since Mike Leach was fired in 2009. The deal will pay Kingsbury an average of $3.5 million per year, which will make him the fourth-highest paid coach in the conference.

Iowa State receiver out for season

The 34-14 loss to North Dakota State, an FCS powerhouse, was tough enough for Iowa State, but things got even worse Monday for the Cyclones. Head coach Paul Rhoads announced that wide receiver Quenton Bundrage will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in the game Saturday. Bundrage, a redshirt junior, was expected to be a big part of the Cyclone offense, especially after the season he had last year. In 2013, he caught 48 passes for 676 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which led the team. The loss puts a dent in a position group that was expected to be a strength for Iowa State. The Cyclones returned nine receivers who caught a pass in 2013.

Baylor QB Bryce Petty day-to-day with back injury

Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty is listed as day-to-day after suffering a back injury during the Bears’ 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. The injury likely came when Petty was hit from behind on his first run of the game. However, he played through the rest of the first half before being removed for the start of the second half. An MRI on Monday showed bones sticking out from the spine were cracked, but the injury is expected to heal itself without surgery. Petty expects to be able to play Saturday when Baylor faces Northwestern State.

Boykin, Ogbah, Alford earn Big 12 honors

It appears that TCU head coach Gary Patterson made the right move last Saturday, starting quarterback
Trevone Boykin against Samford. Boykin was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after completing a career-high 29 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. The junior also added a rushing touchdown and led the Horned Frogs to scores on seven of his 12 possessions.

Oklahoma State nearly pulled off a big upset in week one, thanks in part to sophomore defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah registered six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his effort. Ogbah was part of a Cowboy defensive line that held Florida State to 3.4 yards per run in the losing effort.

Mario Alford, West Virginia kick returner, rounded out this week’s conference awards, claiming the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The senior gave No. 2 Alabama a bit of a scare with a 100-yard kickoff return, which tied the game at 17. Alford also had 54 receiving yards for the Mountaineers in the 33-23 loss.

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DALLAS ‒ The Big 12 unofficially kicked off the 2014 football season at the conference’s media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Monday.

The event began with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s annual State of the Conference address. Bowlsby delivered an eye-opening speech in which he warned that collegiate sports as we know it may be vastly different in the near future.

“Change is coming,” Bowlsby said. “There is change afoot, and some of it is going to be unhappy change because I think it will ultimately reduce the number of opportunities for young people to go to college and participate in sports.”

Bowlsby was followed by five of the 10 Big 12 Coaches: Art Briles, Charlie Weis, Mike Gundy, Gary Patterson and Kliff Kingsbury

Baylor: Briles preparing Bears to defend Big 12 title

The Baylor Bears won their first Big 12 title last season. Despite being picked to finished second by the Big 12 media behind Oklahoma, head coach Art Briles is teaching the team how to defend its title and the adversity that comes with the territory.

“We see ourselves as the guy fighting hard, scratching hard to try to get some recognition and some respect,” Briles said. “We have to learn how to prepare as the hunted as opposed to the hunter.  We've always been the hunter.  And I don't want to lose that edge and that attitude.”

Kansas: Weis, Jayhawks fighting for relevancy

The Kansas Jayhawks are six years removed from their victory in the 2008 Orange Bowl, and it’s been a rough road ever since.

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis, in his third year as head coach, knows the team needs to improve.

“We haven't done a thing in the two years I've been here,” Weis said. “But our team very clearly knows what our expectations are. There's no hiding it.”

Oklahoma State: Gundy looking for quarterback to replace Chelf

The Oklahoma State Cowboys were a game away from winning the Big 12 Championship last season because of great quarterback play from Clint Chelf. Chelf threw for 2,173 yards, 17 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns.

But now that Chelf is gone, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is trying to find his replacement and leading the way is junior J.W. Walsh.

“Walsh took the majority of the reps in the spring with the 1s and has had a good summer,” Gundy said. “Based on the style of play or the plan of attack that we want to use, we have a little bit of flexibility with the quarterback that we put in the game at that time.”

TCU: Patterson, Horned Frogs looking to overcome bowl-less season

For the first time in 16 seasons, TCU and head coach Gary Patterson missed out on playing in a bowl game. Despite the frustrating 2013 season, Patterson and the Horned Frogs are preparing themselves for a comeback.

“We got back to a Bowl game,” Patterson said. “So for me, it's all been about understanding it wasn't broke; you've got to make sure you go out — gotta be physical, gotta trust each other, gotta play together as a group, and also, you've got to find a way to make those plays at the end of the ballgame.”

Texas Tech: Kingsbury settling into coaching Red Raiders in second season

Under head coach Kliff Kingsbury, the Texas Tech Red Raiders rushed out to a 7-0 start in 2013. The Raiders followed that winning streak with a five-game losing streak. But a win in the Holiday Bowl revitalized Kingsbury and the team heading into the 2014 season.

“Yeah, [winning the Holiday Bowl] was huge,” Kinsbury said. “It proved to our team and our players that if you keep working hard and you keep focusing on your job and your responsibility, good things will happen.”

Texas and Texas Tech could not be more different. Led by its former quarterback-turned-coach Kliff Kingsbury — who may or may not moonlight as Ryan Gosling’s stunt double — the Red Raiders feature a high-octane offense that moves the ball effortlessly. The Longhorns, on the other hand, have relied on the leadership of a veteran coaching staff and strong running game to win six of their seven Big 12 games.

During his tenure as quarterback for the Red Raiders, Kingsbury threw for 95 touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards. He has restored this gunslinger mentality in Lubbock — absent after the school split ways with Mike Leach in 2009 — as Texas Tech enters with the nation’s top passing attack despite instability at the quarterback position. Through 11 games this season, Texas Tech quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb have collectively covered more than 300 passing yards in nine games, including four 400-yard performances and four 40-point games. 

This is an offensive philosophy that could not differ more from the Longhorns’, who have only scored more than 40 points once this season. Between junior quarterback David Ash and senior quarterback Case McCoy, Texas has had just one 300-yard passing game this year, which came against New Mexico State. The Longhorns choose to rely on a running game, averaging nearly 200 yards per game. 

But it is the matchups on defense that will decide the outcome of this game. On paper, the Longhorns hold a clear advantage. Thanks to a talented veteran secondary, Texas has not surrendered a 300-yard passing game all season. Instead, its Achilles heel is defending the run — far from a strength for Texas Tech. 

The Texas Tech defense faces a tougher matchup. During their 7-0 start, the Red Raiders allowed opponents to run for 200 yards once. But in its past four games — all losses — Texas Tech has allowed an average of 297 rushing yards per game. In each of those contests, its opponents have run the ball at least 45 times and averaged more than 5 yards per carry. 

This bodes well for the Texas offense. The Longhorns have topped 200 rushing yards three times in Big 12 play and have run the ball 48 times per game in their last five contests.  

From their playing styles to their coaches’ styles, these teams have little in common. But when they share the same field on Thanksgiving night, the Longhorns’ weaknesses and strengths will overwhelm the Red Raiders. 

Texas Tech players relating easily with new, young head coach Kliff Kingsbury

DALLAS – Kliff Kingsbury left Texas Tech in 2002 as the program’s all-time leading passer. In the 11 years since, Kingsbury was passed by Graham Harrell but was hired by his alma mater as head coach. At 33 years old, he is the youngest FBS head coach.

“We try to relate to our players to the way they think,” Kingsbury said. “Anything that can grab their attention is what we’re going to do, whether that’s a playlist at practice or a memo. We want to do things that grab their attention.”

Kingsbury did just that when he left his team a note a couple months ago advising his team to focus less on playing video games and more on preparing for the upcoming season.

“We advise you to be active over the break as you will need to be ready to work onc June rolls around,” the note began. “Sitting at the house playing COD/2K13/Madden against 12 year olds online doesn’t suffice as activity even if you claim to ‘wreck shop’. #BOOM #ComeAtMe #WreckEm”

His players took the note to heart.

“That’s the truth,” wide receiver Eric Ward said. “You’re hear to play football. You’re here to win football games. You can’t win football games by playing Call of Duty and doing irrelevant things that don’t contribute to your success on the football field. I’m 100 percent behind that statement.”

Defensive end Kerry Hyder admitted to spending a fair amount of time this offseason playing video games but acknowledged that he put in the necessary work as Kingsbury’s message hit home.

“It was just funny because you knew what guys were planning on doing for the whole break,” Hyder said. “It’s cool that he’s in tuned with what we’re ding. He knew what guys were planning on doing. It was a joke It was cool… He’s all about business and getting stuff done. Things have changed. It is more relaxed and more ‘swagged’ out but the discipline hasn’t changed. He’s in charge and he lets us know that.”

Big 12 Gunslingers

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It had been almost two years since Seth Doege made his last start at quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

But last Saturday, the junior from Wolfforth stepped back onto the field of Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock at the helm of the Texas Tech offense and looked to continue the streak of Red Raider quarterbacks with big passing numbers.

Completing 23 of his 33 passes for 326 yards and two TDs, Doege led the Red Raiders to a 50-10 victory over the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday during his first full game as the Texas Tech starting QB.

“I just saw in his eyes, he was a little bit nervous,” Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said about Doege’s performance against Texas State. “But you would be, too.”

Despite the nerves, Doege completed nine passes of 20 yards or more — including a 41-yard toss to junior receiver Darrin Moore in the first quarter — and avoided any turnovers.

“I thought he kept his composure fine. Made some great, long throws and thought he did a good job and pulled the ball down a couple times and ran it when he needed to,” Tuberville said. “Again, he’s a first-year player. So we’ll get better as we go. We just have to have some luck.”

Although Doege had a solid showing and led the Red Raiders to a win over the Bobcats, he has a long way to go to match the career performances of past Texas Tech quarterbacks such as Kliff Kingsbury and Graham Harrell.

In his four years for the Red Raiders, Kingsbury threw for 12,429 yards including 95 TDs and a completion percentage of 65.4. Graham Harrell, who is now a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, threw for a school record 15,793 yards and 134 TDs with a completion percentage of 69.2.

Unlike Doege, Kingsbury and Harrell both started three of their four years at quarterback and each ran the Texas Tech offense under former head coach Mike Leach — a coach known for his love of the passing game.

In their first games as starting QB for the Red Raider offense, Kingsbury threw for 492 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-28 win over Oklahoma in 1999, while Harrell threw for 342 yards and 5 TDs to give Texas Tech a 35-3 victory over SMU in 2006.

Despite the pressure to live up to his predecessors, Doege said the pressure didn’t get to him during Saturday’s game against the Bobcats.

“I never felt rattled,” Doege said. “Maybe the first drive I was a little anxious, but overall I felt calm the entire game. Once we started making some plays, got the ball rolling, things started clicking for us.”

During his first start as a Red Raider in 2009, Doege — then a redshirt freshman — threw for 159 yards, completing 14 of his 28 passes during his one half of play against Kansas. Doege then spent the next two years on the bench behind quarterbacks Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield, appearing in only two games in 2010 and throwing four passes for a combined 58 yards.

Although Doege won’t have to wait two years again to get his next start, he will have to wait one more week as the Red Raiders have a bye week before they face New Mexico on Sept. 17.

“When I first got here, I hadn’t played in a while and I was a little bit insecure about things, and now that the new coaching staff has come along they have really brought me a long way from where I was at the beginning,” Doege said. “They have really helped me mature and bring confidence to my game.”