Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the only starting Texas Tech quarterback ever to lose a game against Kansas.
One year ago, the local media reminded him about the loss. Kingsbury gave a great response, but it was not his fault the Red Raiders lost Oct. 6, 2001. In fact, Kingsbury left the game after helping the Red Raiders build a nice lead. Kingsbury was knocked out of the game with a sprained right thumb, prompting B.J. Symons to enter the game. While Symons ended up putting video game-like numbers in 2003, his performance as a youngster was dismal. The young Symons completed two of nine passes for 15 yards and was picked off in the second overtime to end the game. Tech held an 11-point lead with 4:12 remaining.
It is the only loss for Texas Tech in the series, but Kansas has played Tech close in recent memory. With Tommy Tuberville as head coach in 2011, Kansas jumped out to a 21-0 lead, before the Red Raiders stormed back to win 45-34. The following season, Kansas came into Lubbock and pushed the Red Raiders to double overtime. It would become the final victory of a disappointing era for the now-Cincinnati head coach.
Not every game has been a nail-biter though. More often than not, the Red Raiders dominate the Jayhawks. The most impressive victory coming from arguably the best Texas Tech team in history. In 2008, the Red Raiders took Lawrence by storm with a 42-point victory over a top-20 Kansas squad coached by Mark Mangino. Graham Harrell tossed five touchdown passes and 11 different Tech receivers caught a pass. Tech would follow up the dominating victory with the historic upset of No.1 Texas one week later.
In 2013, Kingsbury faced the Jayhawks again, this time as the head coach of his alma mater. He made sure he would remain the only starter in Tech history to lose to a Kansas squad with a 54-16 pounding of the Jayhawks. The Red Raiders used two true freshman quarterbacks, but the team answered after going down 10-0 in the first quarter. Starter Baker Mayfield left the game with an injury allowing Davis Webb to come in and fire his first two career touchdown passes.
Webb looks to have similar success when the Red Raiders attempt to make it eight straight victories over Kansas 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.
Sept. 18, 1965 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 26 Kansas 7
Sept. 17, 1966 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 23 Kansas 7
Sept. 20, 1969 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 38 Kansas 22
Sept. 19, 1970 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 23 Kansas 0
Oct.12, 1996 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 30 Kansas 17
Oct. 11, 1997 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 17 Kansas 7
Oct. 28, 2000 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 45 Kansas 39
Oct.6, 2001 in Lubbock: Kansas 34 Texas Tech 31 (2OT)
Sept. 25, 2004 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 31 Kansas 30
Oct. 1, 2005 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 30 Kansas 17
Oct. 25, 2008 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 63 Kansas 21
Oct. 31, 2009 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 42 Kansas 21
Oct. 1, 2011 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 45 Kansas 34
Nov. 10, 2012 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 41 Kansas 34 (2OT)
Oct. 5, 2013 in Lawrence: Texas Tech 54 Kansas 16
Texas Tech-Kansas Series History
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