Kliff Kingsbury’s first-year campaign as Texas Tech’s head coach was a roller coaster ride. The Red Raiders won their first seven games before losing five in a row to end the 2013 season. However, the team still managed to make it to a bowl game and find redemption. Kingsbury coached Tech to a 37-23 win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl, which is a great launching point for the 2014 season.
The Red Raiders recently released this hype video, titled “Let’s Get It,” for Kingsbury’s second-year campaign.
Unfortunately for Texas Tech things didn’t go so well in Season Two under Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders won their first two games and then dropped eight of their next ten. They only had one win over a team better than .500 – the UTEP Miners.
Kingsbury’s offense dipped more than five points per game (35.8 ppg in 2013; 30.5 in 2014). His defense – a weakness in Year One – was even more abysmal in 2014, ranking No. 125 of 128 in yards allowed per game (512.7) – only UNLV, New Mexico and Iowa State were worse. Their scoring defense was second to last in the nation (41.3), better than only Georgia State.
Heading into his third year, Kingsbury has already reshuffled his staff. He has brought on former Houston Cougars defensive coordinator and interim head coach David Gibbs to be co-DC alongside Mike Smith.