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Thomsen makes the most of his one shot as Tech coach

Interim coach matches McNeill with bowl win in debut

Posted: December 29, 2012 - 3:12am
Texas Tech's Seth Doege hoist a trophy next to interim head coach Chris Thomsen after the Red Raiders win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Friday in Houston. (Zach Long)
Texas Tech's Seth Doege hoist a trophy next to interim head coach Chris Thomsen after the Red Raiders win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Friday in Houston. (Zach Long)
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HOUSTON– Chris Thomsen had a little less than three weeks to write some sort of meaningful legacy at Texas Tech. He managed to achieve it, working as an interim head coach with a shrinking staff.

After losing its head coach, offensive coordinator and a position coach in December, Tech rallied to beatMinnesota34-31 Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas – a game that was Thomsen’s first and last as Red Raiders coach.

“It was fun, especially when you win,” he said. “When you lose one like that, it’s the opposite extreme. The reason I coach is to see guys achieve their potential and see them develop and then see them respond to adverse situations. So for me, it was great fun. It was a really fun three weeks and a fun night tonight, especially getting to see those guys go out like they did.”

Thomsen joined Ruffin McNeill as Tech coaches who debuted with a victory in a bowl game. Thomsen joined the staff this year as offensive line coach.

Tech won with a touchdown and a field goal in the final two minutes with senior quarterback Seth Doege and senior safety D.J. Johnson both making big plays that atoned for miscues earlier.

Doege threw a game-tying, 35-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward with 1:10 left after being intercepted on the two previous series. Johnson gave up a 42-yard pass in the second half that set up aMinnesotatouchdown. But he bounced back with an interception and a 39-yard return that positioned the Red Raiders for Ryan Bustin’s 28-yard field goal as time expired.

It was the first time Tech won with a last-minute field goal in regulation since a Tony Rogers kick beat Texas A&M in 1997.

Thomsen gave much of the credit for the last two drives to Sonny Cumbie, the inside receivers coach who called plays. Thomsen tapped him for that duty after Tommy Tuberville resigned and offensive coordinator Neal Brown and running backs coach Chad Scott left forKentucky.

“They did a tremendous job down the stretch,” Thomsen said. “We don’t have Neal. We don’t haveChad. I think (Cumbie) did a great job from the day I said, ‘Hey, you’re going to call it,’ a tremendous job of getting everybody organized and getting everybody together.”

Johnson returned his interception to theMinnesota22-yard line, leaving 43 seconds to set up the kick. Thomsen said Cumbie and the offense did a subtly good job of moving the football to exactly the spot Bustin preferred – the left middle of the field. They did that with a Kenny Williams run off the left side.

“He kept his cool and did a tremendous job managing the clock,” Thomsen said of Cumbie.  “I give all the credit to him in that situation. … We didn’t want the right-hash kick. That’s kind of a tough push kick for a left-footed kicker. To get that communicated in that type of pressure situation and get the ball over left to left middle, that was big.”

Doege finished with 271 yards on 31-for-45 passing.

He said switching from Brown to Cumbie for the bowl game went smoothly.

“I trust him to put me in good position to make plays, so the transition was easy,” Doege said. “Coach Cumbie knew me as a player, knew me as a person. He knew my strengths and knew my weaknesses, so it just fit perfect.”

Thomsen indicated that Friday was his last game with the Tech program, though he has not commented on reports that he will become offensive line coach on Sonny Dykes’ new staff atCalifornia.

“I’ve got an opportunity that I’m excited about,” he said. “No official announcement has been made, so I’m not going to comment any further. But I have a good idea where I’ll be.”

Thomsen said he’ll “be gone,” but when he looks at his bowl ring, he’ll think of the Tech seniors such as Doege, Johnson, tackle LaAdrian Waddle and safety Cody Davis.

“Call it making excuses or whatever,” Thomsen said, “but if not for a couple of key injuries in the middle of the season, Seth Doege and those guys’ season would have been written a lot differently. I’m proud that they went 8-5 and went out with a bowl win.

“Those are special people. Sometimes people aren’t as quick to elevate them as they should, but I’m super proud of those guys. That’s what I’ll remember, and that’s what I’ll take from my year at Texas Tech.”

 

 

 

 

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spike lost dummy

Really? Tech lost in independence bowl under spike in his first game! Nice facts!!!!

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dummy??

Who's the dummy cabo??? What does your statement have to do with this article? You're trying so hard to be critical that you don't make sense.

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really mojo

In the original post, Wonderful, all-knowing Don Williams stated that he the coach joins Spike Dykes and Ruffin as coaches who won their first game in the Bowl!!!! Spike lost to Mississippi, which Don should have caught and never posted. That is what I was refering to... So you can Kiss it Buddy!!! I bet you have never been a season ticket holder at Tech. so shut the crap up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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really

just saying

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From what i understand Coach

From what i understand Coach Thomsen is a class act and a great person. I wish somehow tech could retain him but it looks like Sonny Dykes got him at Cal. Great job finding a way to win the game.

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I wish Coach Thomsen the best

I hope he sticks around, but it looks like he may have an offer in the waiting, so I wish him the best. I know that Kliff wants to call the offense, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to have Sonny Cumbie as his Co-OC. He did a great job calling the plays, and I didn't see anyone complain about the plays this time even though we were still running the wildcat and the playbook looked the same. Like I have said before certain fans give certain coaches a break and give them the benefit of the doubt. But he did call a good game. Good luck next year Kliff I feel a 9 win season coming....and that's before the bowl game!! Go Tech!!

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And Now Let The Good Times Resume....

I wish these seniors and the remainder of the coaching staff the very best.

The fan base is officially reunited. We are, once again, on track. Lubbock will be, once again, a place a football team does not want to visit on game day.

Maybe in our lifetime football won't be the only competitive revenue sport on campus.

Go Tech.

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Mired in Idiocy

My previous post was 100% positive and yet I got a "down" thumb.

Let's see now--I wonder who that possibly could have been?

Oh. There he is.

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Let's Don't Play Minnesota. In anything.

I guess Minnesota hasn't forgotten the rally Harrell put on them.

I know Minnesota started it with the early "pin" on Hyder, and I know you've got to defend yourself, but I just thought the whole exhibition was despicable for both sides.

I wish everybody in the Big 12 hated us as much as Minnesota. Maybe it's coming.

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Mike Smith New Co-DC?

not sure where else to post this, but according to an article in New York, Mike Smith has left the Jets to become co-defensive coordinator. Has anyone else heard about this? I'm not too sure how credible bleacher report is, but the New York site seemed legit.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/jets/2012/12/source-jets-outside-linebackers-coach-mike-smith-will-leave-for-texas-tech-after-the-se

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Spike dummy really really Coach Thompsen good ?????

So, what exactly does an editor do at the AJ sports page? Is cabowabo correct? Was the original article inaccurate, along with all the other mistakes? Was it "updated", even though that is not noted as other articles are? Or is mojo correct, and cabo is a serial-hater? Did wabo mis-read the article? Does "cabowabo" really mean "fecal matter for cranial matter" in mumbojumbo? Really? Really? Does anyone REALLY give a rodents rectum?

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Is Don Williams REALLY ...

... wonderful and all-knowing (thank you Lord, for thy blessings and don williams), or did Doege/Romo just throw another interception(s)?? Did mojo really Kiss Buddy, or is cw homophobic? Do YOU have season tickets? If not, shut your piehole (mmmm, donuts)!!!!!!!!!! What does donuts have to do with pie? (mmmm, beer) Shut up Pete, YOU don't have season tickets. Does bill understand coyote? Does Al understand facts? Why didn't (ATTENTION: Heresy Alert) Kliff hire Thompsen instead of a juco rb?????

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Are facts really facts when you're too preoccupied ...

... with which way somebody's anonymous thumb is pointed?? Are we really united, or did kh@nce get fired and I missed it?? Are you really 100% positive (re-read your 3rd paragraph), or did I give you a 2nd "down" thumb (that's "thumbs down" for you siskelian eberts)?? Now tell us, who did you think was the first!? Don't waste our time with insinuations, and then not give us the facts/truth!!

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By the way, "mired in hypocrisy", Let's Play Minnesota in ...

... Everything, along with Cincinnati and other bcs conference schools. That way all you haters and whiners and hypocrites can shut the hell up about us not playing anybody. God, Lord (and wonderful-all-knowing-don-williams); I am so sick and tired of all these two-faced haters constantly spewing their animosity at our teams while they pretend to care. Sure, let's "de-scholarship" him while booting him onto the curb, cause we've NEVER made a mistake in our lives. Where are his teammates, who should be leaving his door unlocked at night so that he can be whipped with "84 pillowcases with soap bars in them". Guaranteed that those ribs will learn teamwork or leave campus, probably less than halfway through the lesson!!! Nooooooo, peer pressure is not pc! We can't have leadership in the clubhouse, because we all got a participation ribbon no matter who achieved and who sucked. Time to get DC and PC out of our schools, and God back in them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@ facts

You can make a wish and try and blame me for all your " thumbs down" all you want but just like your fellow stooges, feaco, coyote & lodotxA&M you idiots always have mostly thumbs down. Hey knucklehead if you haven't noticed most people on here don't care about politics, chancellors or governors. This is a sports forum and most people are pro tech not negative like you idiots

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What a bunch of whiners...

To those of you who are Texas Tech fans and love to read about all the teams and their progress without all the drama... kudos to you.

To those of you who are here to critique the reporters or editors of the AJ, cry about thumbs up or down, or complain about the President, board or Chancellor... you need to put on your big boy pants and quit whining.

If you think Leach got a raw deal... email the chancellor directly and complain (like I did). If you don't like who Kingsbury hires.... send HIM an email. If you think Tech plays a weak non-conference schedule... email the AD. Just suck it up and quit whining... too many Jr High girls posting on here. There are some good things happening at Tech. If you are that pissed, or unhappy... throw your Tech gear away and find another team to root for... maybe one whose fans wear burnt orange. They cry a lot too.

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