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Texas Tech Cruises, 49-0

September 28, 2002|Associated Press

Kliff Kingsbury threw for a school and Big 12 Conference-record six touchdowns Friday night as Texas Tech routed New Mexico, 49-0, in a nonconference game at Albuquerque, a performance that had Lobo Coach Rocky Long simmering.

Kingsbury guided the Red Raiders (3-2) to four scores in a row in the first half, including three in the second quarter. He completed 41 of 59 passes for a season-high 407 yards and played into the fourth quarter, long after the outcome was decided.

Long charged that the Red Raiders were trying to improve Kingsbury's Heisman resume at the expense of the Lobos (2-4).

"They're into stats, they're into how many yards he can throw for," said Long, a former UCLA assistant. "They're trying to win him the Heisman Trophy. They'll never win it, but they're trying.

"If you have a Heisman Trophy candidate, and you've got a team down and you're drilling them, you'll try to improve his stats so he looks good on the national wire."

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