Kingsbury Proves Too Tough for Tigers


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<font class=caption>Kingsbury completed32-of-43 passes for 375 yards.</font>
Kingsbury completed32-of-43 passes for 375 yards.

ORLANDO - Kliff Kingsbury proved to be everything the Texas Tech sports
information department's advance billing said he was. But they left out
one
thing.


Tough.


Knocked from the game with a severely sprained ankle early in the third
quarter, Kingsbury returned to cap off a record-setting night in his
team's
55-15 thrashing of Clemson in Monday's Mazda Tangerine Bowl at Florida
Citrus
Bowl Stadium in Orlando.


"I was going to get back out there," the game Most Valuable Player
said. "It
wasn't going to keep me off the field. I just told the offensive line I
couldn't move around, and they did a good job of protecting me."


That protection allowed Kingsbury to complete 32-of-43 passes for 375
yards
and three touchdowns. His numbers set new bowl records for completions
and
attempts, and tied the record for touchdown passes.


He also hit a much loftier goal with just over 6:00 left in the game.


His 19-yard pass to Mickey Peters gave Kingsbury 5,017 yards for the
season,
making him just the third quarterback in NCAA history to surpass that
total -
joining Houston's David Klingler and Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.


"They told me I only needed so many yards to break the record,"
Kingsbury
said. "So I went out and completed one more pass and got out of the
game."


Kingsbury's accuracy, surprising mobility for a big quarterback and
most of
all his toughness caught the attention of Clemson head coach Tommy
Bowden.


Besides being knocked out of the game for a series, Kingsbury was
sacked four
times on the evening.


"He was everything they say about him," Bowden said. "He was
composed...we
couldn't rattle him."


Few teams have.


And when Kingsbury is composed, he usually picks apart opposing
defenses.
Such was the case Monday, when nearly everything the Red Raiders tried
offensively worked to perfection.


"We felt like we could do some things, felt like we could exploit
them," he
said. "We should have scored a couple of more times.


"I don't think they were ready for the pace we attacked them at."


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