Twenty years ago, the curtain rose on the Big 12 Conference with a Texas Tech-Kansas State football game. In the years since, Tech has grown in enrollment, budget, sports facilities and fan base.

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:41pm

How do you feel the defense is progressing? "We are on a steady pace. We are really taking it one day at a time and trying to get better at the little things first." What is the biggest lesson you have learned this season? "To always stay ready.

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 7:33pm

How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week: TE JACE AMARO Ruled active for the first time this season, Amaro was the Titans leading receiver, as he caught three passes for 59 yards in Tennessee’s 17-10 lost to Oakland on Sunday. The Titans fell to 1-2. WR DANNY AMEN...

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 7:53pm

Q: What's the biggest difference for you on the field between last season and this season? A: I think I'm more confident. I'm seeing things, like what the defense is trying to do to us.

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 7:13pm

For Anthony "Fish" Smithson, football is something that's affected him beyond the emotional highs and lows after wins and losses. It's provided opportunities the Kansas senior captain is making the most of.

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:00pm

Kansas has lost 17 of its last 18 games, but Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly has his talking points ready to keep the Red Raiders from overlooking the Jayhawks.

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:08pm

Kliff Kingsbury was browsing the internet last season when he came across an article - "A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days to Learn 171 Plays.

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:51pm

Kliff Kingsbury's preparing Tech for Kansas by reminding offense of last year's bad showing

Kansas has lost 17 of its last 18 games, but Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly has his talking points ready as he tries to keep the Red Raiders from overlooking the Jayhawks. The two teams play Thursday night at Jones AT&T Stadium in a Big 12 opener, and Kingsbury on Monday said his offense played its worst game last year at Kansas.

“It was unenergetic. It was bad coaching. Bad playing offensively,” Kingsbury said. “The defense played great. Offensively, it was a joke, so we have been working hard to correct that this year.”

It's early, but Mahomes getting results on offseason points of emphasis

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II spent the offseason harping on two areas in which Mahomes needed to improve: fewer interceptions and a higher completion percentage.

The number in the first column last season was 15, in the other 63.5.

Through three games this season, the junior from Whitehouse has two interceptions and a 71.2 percent completion rate.

Kingsbury was asked Monday if the emphasis was paying off.

Tech's key injured players likely to return vs. Kansas, Kingsbury says

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday he expects starting offensive tackle Terence Steele and defensive end Zach Barnes to play in Thursday’s game against Kansas. Steele came out of the last game against Louisiana Tech with an ankle injury, and Barnes missed the last two games with a knee injury.

Kingsbury said both practiced last week, when the Red Raiders had an open date. Last week, Kingsbury said starting cornerback D.J. Polite-Bray also will return from the shoulder injury that prompted his exit for most of the game against Louisiana Tech.