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 for the Red Raiders (7-6), who finished with a winning record for the first time since 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas Tech (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) at No. 4 Oklahoma (8-0, 5-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma by 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Is Dan Mullen really on the hot seat at Florida? How did things flip so fast for the coach who took the Gators to three straight New Year's Six games and pushed Alabama in the SEC championship last year?
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech never made the Top 25 in two-plus seasons under Matt Wells, and hasn't been higher than 24th since predecessor Kliff Kingsbury's splashy debut eight years ago.
Athletics director Kirby Hocutt, who hired and fired them both, again is looking for a coach to get the program where he thinks it should be.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kansas State didn't change much at halftime despite trailing Texas Tech by two touchdowns.
The outcome wasn't much different from recent seasons either — a sixth straight victory in the series for the Wildcats, who ended their longest Big 12 skid since joining the league in 1996.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has won consecutive Big 12 games just once in the past five years, and not during the tenure of third-year coach Matt Wells.
That has been a talking point for the Red Raiders in preparations for Saturday's visit by Kansas State, which has won nine of the past 10 meetings in the series.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Henry Colombi threw for a touchdown, ran for another as Texas Tech had four rushing touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Kansas on Saturday afternoon.
Colombi was 14-for-20 passing for 124 yards and added 35 rushing yards while Jason Bean was 11-for-21 passing for 80 yards and one interception for Kansas.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has plenty of reason to remember the last trip Texas Tech made to Memorial Stadium.
It was the last time the Jayhawks won a Big 12 game.
That was nearly two years ago, when Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold was still running the show at Buffalo and quarterback Jason Bean was under center at North Texas.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech and TCU were both coming off unsettling losses when they played last weekend. They responded with different results, and now face each other.
The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) bounced back by winning at West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Good things happen when Texas Tech starts a backup quarterback against West Virginia.
On Saturday the Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) will try to beat the Mountaineers (2-2, 0-1) for the third straight year doing just that.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — There are a few simple explanations about why Texas Tech hasn't really spread the ball around that much on offense.
Erik Ezukanma makes things look so easy with all those big plays while leading the nation in receiving.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Tahj Brooks ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 67-yarder for the lead, and Texas Tech held on to beat lower-division Stephen F.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech didn't need to see any of the upsets from the first full week of college football to know the dangers of opening at home against an FCS opponent.
HOUSTON (AP) — As Texas Tech coach Matt Wells enters his third season with the Red Raiders, his team is coming off what he believes is its best preseason camp since he arrived.
It won’t take long to see if that produces positive results as Texas Tech travels to Houston to play the Cougars on Saturday night at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech's search for its new basketball coach didn't take long, and didn't have to go far.
Mark Adams, the Texas Tech graduate who was born about 40 miles from the Lubbock campus and spent the past five seasons as a Red Raiders assistant, was introduced Tuesday night as their head coach.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech is adding former Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough as a graduate transfer.
Shough started all seven games for the Ducks last season as a redshirt sophomore. He threw for 1,559 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions in last season.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech fired offensive coordinator David Yost on Monday as coach Matt Wells responded to a pair of sub-par seasons by cutting ties with one of the assistants he brought from Utah State.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech linebacker Colin Schooler says the “next man up” approach in this COVID-19 college football season applies to coaches as much as players.
The Red Raiders overcame four turnovers to prove it.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kansas has won only one Big 12 game in its two seasons under coach Les Miles, a late comeback at home last year with a game-ending field goal against Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders in many ways have been more disappointing in coach Matt Wells' two seasons, even with a few more wins than Kansas in that span.
The last time Baylor played a game on the Texas Tech campus was 12 years ago.
It has been a lot longer since the Bears won there: three decades ago, when both teams were still in the old Southwest Conference.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Cornerback Zech McPhearson returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown with 8:44 left to lift Texas Tech to a 34-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.
West Virginia's Sam James caught a short pass from Jarret Doege but fumbled on a hit from Jacob Morganstern.
Texas Tech might be able to pick up a few pointers from West Virginia's game films on slowing down offenses in the Big 12.
The Red Raiders (0-3, 0-2 Big 12) will need more than a few stops as they try to exit the league basement on Saturday when they host the Mountaineers (3-1, 2-1).
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech is adding Alabama graduate transfer Chadarius Townsend, who was used sparingly at running back by the Crimson Tide and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Townsend was a standout high school quarterback in Alabama before joining the Crimson Tide in 2017.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Though they would never admit it, Texas Tech coach Matt Wells and Iowa State's Matt Campbell might spend a moment thinking about Baylor when their teams meet Saturday.
For Wells, the memory is too fresh of a play that wasn't ruled a fumble by the Bears in overtime in the Red Raiders' loss in Waco last weekend.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona scored one touchdown on a bursting run, hit some chunk plays in the passing game.
When it mattered most, the Wildcats played the power game — and Texas Tech was helpless to stop them.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate failed to live up to the Heisman Trophy hype a year ago, hampered by injuries and a new offensive system.
Now that he's healthy and has a better grasp of how second-year coach Kevin Sumlin wants him to run the offense, Tate is again proving to be one of the nation's best dual-threat quarterbacks.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech feels like it can pick up the pace even more in its up-tempo offense.
"We can definitely go faster," running back Armand Shyne said.
The goal for the Red Raiders with new offensive coordinator David Yost, who came with head coach Matt Wells from Utah State, is to get lined up and snap the ball with at least 30 seconds left on the play clock.
For all the changes that have been made on and off the field at Texas Tech since Matt Wells took over as head coach, what will look the most familiar to everyone is the offense.
"There's some philosophies and there's some schemes that are absolutely carry-over from the previous staff, from Kliff (Kingsbury), and even going back to coach (Mike) Leach," said Wells, who had his own high-scoring offenses at Utah State.
Never before has the Big 12 had such a big turnover in head football coaches. Not even when the conference had more teams.
Four of the 10 Big 12 teams went through spring drills with new coaches.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Paul Randolph has been hired as defensive line coach at Texas Tech after the past three seasons at Memphis.
Randolph became the eighth member on the coaching staff of new coach Matt Wells, who initially brought seven assistant coaches and coordinators with him from Utah State to Lubbock after taking the Red Raiders job.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Utah State walked into the New Mexico Bowl with one of its best records in school history but uncertainty. Its head coach, Matt Wells, left to take the Texas Tech job. Interim coach Frank Maile had to prepare the Aggies with an army of graduate assistants and an announcement a new coach was coming next month.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Former Utah State coach Gary Andersen has returned to the Aggies.
Andersen previously was Utah State's coach from 2009 to 2012. He replaces Matt Wells, who had taken over the Aggies after Andersen's first stint with the team.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has brought six more of his assistant coaches from Utah State to be on his staff with the Red Raiders.
North Texas (9-3, Conference USA) vs. Utah State (10-2, Mountain West), Dec. 15, 2 p.m. EST
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — For a few moments, Colorado State lived every underdog's dream finish. The winning score even went up — briefly — on the scoreboard only to be wiped out by reality.
Collin Hill's apparent 34-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams with no time left was negated by penalty, allowing No.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A record-setting performance moved Utah State one step closer to playing for the Mountain West Conference championship.
The 14th-ranked Aggies totaled 804 yards of offense and 33 first downs on their way to a 62-24 win over San Jose State on Saturday.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Slowing down the blistering pace of Utah State's offense has become a virtually impossible task for nearly every opponent that's faced the Aggies this season.
The No. 14 Aggies enter their regular-season home finale against San Jose State on Saturday entrenched among the nation's best teams at finding the end zone.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns to help Utah State rally for a 42-32 win over Air Force on Saturday night.
Ron'quavion Tarver had 128 yards on nine receptions for the Aggies.