30 Greatest Games in Texas Tech History

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No. 13 – vs. Texas 2002

The final home game in the storied history of Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was a memorable upset of the top-5 ranked Texas Longhorns making the game the 13th greatest in Texas Tech history.

Facing the best pass defense in the Big 12, Kingsbury put up one of the greatest performances in program history. Completing 38 of 60 passes for six touchdowns and 473 yards; the kid that grew up just miles from Austin in New Braunfels, TX finally beat the Longhorns in his last chance.

But the play of the game was a pass from a wide receiver. With Texas Tech clinging to a 4-point lead with just over five minutes to play, safety Ryan Aycock intercepted Texas quarterback Chris Simms but Texas Tech had to find a way to run out the clock.

With 2:26 to play, Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach went to his bag of tricks. Kingsbury lateraled to receiver Mickey Peters who then threw a pass to Wes Welker who was streaking down the sidelines.

The double pass sealed the 42-38 victory that knocked the No. 3 Longhorns out of the national championship chase.

Already a superstar, Kingsbury’s performance on senior night cemented his status as a legend in the annals of Texas Tech football.

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