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Kliff Notes: Background, best games, by the numbers

Posted: December 15, 2012 - 10:51pm  |  Updated: December 16, 2012 - 1:27am
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Name: Kliff Kingsbury

Age: 33

Birthdate: August 9, 1979

Hometown: New Braunfels

High school: New Braunfels High School. Played for his father, Tim

College: Texas Tech, 1998-2002

Playing Experience

Professional: 2003-04, New England Patriots (drafted in sixth round); 2004-05: New Orleans Saints; 2005: Denver Broncos/New York Jets; 2006: Buffalo Bills/Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe); 2007: Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League); 2008: Team Texas (All-American Football League)

Awards/Honors: 2002 Sammy Baugh Award (nation’s top quarterback); 2002 Tangerine Bowl Most Valuable Player; 2002 First-Team All-Big 12 Conference; 2002 Associated Press Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year; 2002 Verizon Academic Player of the Year

Coaching Experience

2008-09: Offensive Quality Control Coach, University of Houston

2010-11: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Houston; 2011: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, Texas A&M University


2012: Coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in only season as Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator, helping lead Aggies to 10-2 record and berth in the Cotton Bowl.

2011: Coached Sammy Baugh Award-winning quarterback Case Keenum at the University of Houston. The Cougars led the nation in total offense (599.1 yards per game) and passing offense (450.1 yards per game) while averaging 49 points per game.

October 19, 2002: Kingsbury broke his own school records (at the time) for completions, attempts and yards in a game by going 49-of-70 for 510 yards and five touchdown passes in a 52-38 victory over Missouri. The 510 yards still ranks as the ninth-best single-game passing yardage performance in Texas Tech history, and the 49 completions still ranks as a school record for a single game.

October 5, 2002: The Red Raiders sent a signal to the rest of the Big 12 Conference of their intentions that season and for years to come, overcoming a 35-17 deficit against Texas A&M with 24 fourth-quarter points to send the game into overtime, then winning it on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kingsbury to Nehemiah Glover. Kingsbury again was masterful, completing 49 of 59 passes for 474 yards and five touchdowns.

November 16, 2002: Third-ranked Texas entered the game with one of the top pass defenses in the nation, but Kingsbury shredded the Longhorns for 473 yards and six touchdowns, including the game-winner to Taurean Henderson for 25 yards late in the fourth quarter. Ryan Aycock then intercepted Chris Simms to seal the win, breaking a three-game losing streak against UT.

December 23, 2002: Kingsbury helped lead the Red Raiders to their first bowl victory since the 1995 Weiser Lock Copper Bowl with a 55-15 victory over Clemson in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. It was a modest night by Kingsbury’s statistical standards as he completed 32 of 43 passes for 375 yards and three TDs. His 74.4 completion percentage still ranks No. 2 in Tech bowl history.

September 2, 2000: Kingsbury had his breakout game as a sophomore and showed signs of what Mike Leach’s offense was capable of in a 38-16 victory over Utah State at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kingsbury torched Utah State for 450 yards and three touchdowns on 33-of-47 passing and also ran for a touchdown. Tech finished that year with a berth in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl.

2: Number of postseason award winners Kingsbury has coached. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 8, and Case Keenum won the Sammy Baugh Award as a senior in 2011.

16: The jersey number Kingsbury wore as a Red Raider. Ironically, next year’s heir-apparent quarterback, Michael Brewer, wears No. 16.

28.8: Texas Tech record for most yards per completion, set by Kingsbury vs. Oklahoma when he went 9-for-17 for 259 yards.

45: Third-highest single-season touchdown mark Kingsbury recorded in 2002.

49: Number of completions in single game vs. Texas A&M and Missouri, both in 2002. That number still stands for most completions in a game in Tech history.

95: Career touchdown passes for Kingsbury, which ranks second all-time in school history.

479: Number of completions for Kingsbury as a senior in 2002, which ranks second in school history.

510: Number of yards thrown for in a 52-38 win over Missouri, which ranks as the ninth-highest single-game yardage total in Tech history.

5,017: The number of total yards Kingsbury threw for as a senior in 2002, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in a single season in school history.

12,429: The career passing yardage number for Kingsbury, which ranks behind only Graham Harrell in Tech history.

Compiled by George Watson

(This story first appeared in Thursday’s A-J.)

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Nov 16th 2002

I will never forget that date. That was the last game I watched in the Jones as a student. For some reason there was a crowd of longhorns around me in the student section...not sure why. Also my buddy that I went to the game with left half way through after he got sick. So there I am, in the middle of a bunch of arrogant UT guys, losing the game, and no friends around me. Then we scored a little, and started to come back. The UT guys were talking trash about how we could never come back to win, "We are Texas, it's impossible for y'all to come back!" (I'm not kidding about that quote). Well we all know how things turned out. I will never forget the look on those guys faces at the end of the game. Thanks Kliff for making my last student game the best time I ever had at the Jones! Here's to some more memories like that!


Great Spike recruit

I think Kingsbury as a coach will be what he was as a player. Kliff came in with Spike that ran a run first offense and transitioned to Pass happy Leach offense and never really missed a step. I bet Leach would have loved to have a Kingsbury type player his first year at WSU. Just like when he played, Coach K, said he would play offense to their strengths and not be pigeon-holed into just pass happy, offense. That is a part of what he learned going from Spike to Leach. I think he will be a great coach long-term. Although, he has a great group of guys coming back and some great Red-shirts, able to play next year. Things are set-up for great success next year, especially if he stays true to his statement. I think there are some games you have to run the ball and some you need to just air it out. I still think it will be more geared toward the pass (something like 60% pass 40 % run), but it may look more like what he had at A&M because of Brewer mobility. Which is also a plus for him, as a first year HC. Let's go Tech!!


great link to Coach Kingsbury's interview at A&M

Great link, they ask him about being a head coach some day and Johnny Football, Leach and Offensive philosophy. I enjoyed it! I hope the link works.


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