The History Book: Kansas

Kliff Kingsbury was the starting quarterback the only time Texas Tech lost to Kansas. The 34-year old coach was reminded of that fact during Monday's press conference.

Kliff Kingsbury might "appreciate" this article. He was the starting quarterback during Texas Tech's only loss to Kansas in the history of the 14-game series.

The 34-year old Texas Tech coach was reminded of that fact during Monday's press conference. Kingsbury added a good reminder is West Virginia's upset of Oklahoma State.

"I appreciate you (a member of the media) bringing that up," Kingsbury said. "Like I said, all you have to do is watch what happened last weekend, so our guys know. Our guys have a chip on their shoulder. They picked us eighth and ninth all year, so we're not worried about any game past this."

That dreadful day in many Texas Tech fans memory came Oct. 6, 2001 when Kansas came back from a 24-13 deficit to send the game into overtime. What many may have forgotten is that Kingsbury was taken out in the fourth quarter due to a sprained thumb. B.J. Symons replaced Kingsbury and threw an interception to end the game in double overtime.

Kansas has made it to the Bowl Championship Series since 2001, but Tech has dominated the series. The Jayhawks made an Orange Bowl appearance in 2008 under Mark Mangino. The Big 12 Conference was split up between two divisions that season, which kept Kansas and Tech from playing.

Tech won the first game of the series 26-7 in 1965. The two teams met three more times in the next five seasons with Tech winning all of them including a shutout in 1970. Tech and Kansas would not meet again as non-conference opponents. In the first season of the Big 12 Conference. Tech went to Lawrence and scored a 30-17 victory. The Red Raiders followed up in 1997 with a 17-7 home win.

The next meeting came in 2000 when Tech won 45-39 in front of a crowd of 26,000 in Lawrence. 2004 was the first chance for a rematch and Tech co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie was the starting quarterback. The Red Raiders were down 30-5 at one point in the second quarter. Cumbie said he remembers what started the comeback.

"We hit a big play to Trey Haverty," Cumbie said. "And that's really what got us going is the touchdown before half."

Taurean Henderson capped off a 26-point comeback in the game with a 70-yard run on third down. Cumbie said the running play took the Jayhawk defense by surprise.

The two teams have met five times since the 2004 game. Tech has won six straight in the series. Saturday's game will be the fifth straight day game of the series, and the fourth of five games to start at 11 a.m.

Tech has never lost a game in Lawrence. Kingsbury would probably appreciate his team keeping that streak will alive.

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