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Smith leads Texas Tech past Leach's Bulldogs in Liberty Bowl

Dec. 29, 2021 00:09 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Donovan Smith threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Texas Tech beat Mississippi State 34-7 in the Liberty Bowl on Tuesday night. Tahj Brooks rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown and SaRodorick Thompson ran for 80 yards and a score...

Leach, Mississippi State take on Texas Tech in Liberty Bowl

Dec. 27, 2021 18:24 PM EST

While Mike Leach certainly has overhauled Mississippi State's football program in two short seasons, some of his fingerprints remain on Texas Tech years after he was fired by the Red Raiders. Leach will get his first chance to face off against one of his former programs and coach...

Mississippi State faces off vs Texas Tech in Liberty Bowl

Dec. 27, 2021 18:11 PM EST

Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech (6-6) vs. Mississippi State (7-5), Dec. 29, 6:45 p.m. ET (ESPN) Line: Mississippi State by 10 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook Series record: Mississippi State 4-2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Mississippi State can...

Louisiana Tech taps Texas Tech's Cumbie as head coach

Nov. 30, 2021 21:55 PM EST

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech has hired Texas Tech offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie as its next football coach. University officials announced the hiring Tuesday night and have a formal introduction scheduled for Wednesday. Cumbie spent this...

No. 9 Baylor needs win over Texas Tech, help for Big 12 shot

Nov. 26, 2021 04:33 AM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor tight end Ben Sims and the ninth-ranked Bears will have a lot of interest in what happens north of the Red River on Saturday night if they take care of their business earlier in the day on the banks of the Brazos. The Bears (9-2, 6-2 Big 12,...

Cumbie will remain Texas Tech OC for new coach McGuire

Nov. 24, 2021 17:26 PM EST

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Sonny Cumbie will remain on Texas Tech's staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after finishing this season as interim head coach for the bowl-bound Red Raiders. New coach Joey McGuire said Wednesday that Cumbie will be part of his...

Eyeing Big 12 title, No. 9 Oklahoma St visits Texas Tech

Nov. 18, 2021 14:29 PM EST

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State has been dominant on defense all season, won its last three games by an average margin of nearly 40 points with an offense starting to resemble the Cowboys of old and controls its own fate in getting to its first Big 12 championship game. ...

Texas Tech becomes bowl eligible amid coaching transition

Nov. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EST

Texas Tech fired its coach last month, part of a growing trend of teams making in-season changes. The players had little choice but to move on — and now they've secured bowl eligibility for the school for the first time since 2017. The Red Raiders...

Texas Tech's 62-yard FG on final play beats Iowa State 41-38

Nov. 13, 2021 22:48 PM EST

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Garibay was trying kicks beyond midfield before Texas Tech's game against Iowa State, but told coaches his range wasn't quite that far. They sent him out for one from the other side of the 50 anyway. ...

College football coaching carousel spinning faster than ever

Nov. 12, 2021 05:02 AM EST

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was trying to balance the needs of the program with the needs of its current players. When considering an in-season coaching change, they are not always one and the same. Hocutt, as eight other ADs overseeing major college...