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Published Saturday, October 14, 2000

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Tech's Kingsbury impressive


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Entering the season, Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury had thrown 57 passes in his college football career. However, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore has become a passing machine in first-year Red Raider coach Mike Leach's "fastbreak" offense that throws the ball 76 percent of the time.

Kingsbury has completed 182 of 287 attempts (63.4 percent) this season for 1,733 yards and 11 touchdowns in just six games. He has attempted 50 or more passes in three games, including a season-high 55 attempts against North Texas.

Besides the gaudy passing numbers, Nebraska defensive coordinator Craig Bohl has also been impressed with Kingsbury's toughness. "He's like a Timex watch," Bohl said. "He's taken his licks and kept on ticking."

WANTING MORE: There's no debating that Nebraska's offense has been productive this season as the Cornhuskers rank first in the nation in rushing offense (351.4 yards per game), fifth in total offense (489.4 yards per game) and seventh in scoring offense (41.8 points per game).

However, Nebraska senior guard Russ Hochstein said he's not surprised that some critics have suggested the Huskers -- who returned starters at 10 of 11 positions on offense -- haven't completely lived up to the preseason hype. "I'm not surprised that some people are disappointed so far," Hochstein said. "If people have high expectations, that's great because as players we do, too."

THE SERIES: Nebraska leads the all-time series against Texas Tech 5-0, including a 29-0 win over the Red Raiders Oct. 18, 1997, in Lincoln in the last meeting between the two teams. The Huskers are 2-0 in Lubbock, Texas, with a 24-10 win over Tech in 1996 and a 42-16 victory over the Red Raiders in 1994.

The first meeting between the two schools came in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 31, 1976, when Nebraska prevailed 27-24 in the closest game in the series. In the second meeting in 1993, Nebraska beat Tech 50-27 in Lincoln.

HUSKER TEXANS: Nine Nebraska players hail from the state of Texas, including starters Joe Walker (Arlington) and Keyuo Craver (Harleton). Other Huskers from the Lone Star state include Clint Finley (Cuero), Justin Smith (Sherman), T.J. Hollowell (Copperas Cove), Willie Amos (Sweetwater), Mike Demps (Fort Worth), Lannie Hopkins (Rowlett) and Nick Povendo (Keller).

Of the 97 players listed on Texas Tech's roster, 94 come from Texas. The other three are from New Mexico.

NU-TECH NOTES: Nebraska, which has trailed in four of its five games this season, overcame second-half deficits to win the first two meetings in the five-game series against Tech. Nebraska's 34.4 points per game average in its meetings with the Red Raiders is the Huskers' highest scoring average against any Big 12 Conference team. NU's 19-point average margin of victory over Texas Tech is tied with Oklahoma State for the Huskers' most lopsided average margin against any Big 12 school.

--Terry Douglass



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