Texas Tech 42, Texas 38
Kliff Kingsbury knocked No. 4 Texas out of the national title chase with six touchdown passes in leading Texas Tech to a 42-38 upset over the Longhorns today.
Kingsbury, who completed 38 of 60 passes for 473 yards against one of the nation's top defenses, not only dashed Texas's title hopes but also lifted Texas Tech (8-4, 5-2) into the Big 12 South race.
The Red Raiders visit co-No. 4 Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1) next Saturday, with the winner taking the division and advancing to the Big 12 title game Dec. 7.
The defeat was another tough blow for Texas (9-2, 5-2) and Coach Mack Brown. A loss to Oklahoma last month all but eliminated the Longhorns from the conference race, but they still had an outside chance of reaching the BCS national title game in the Fiesta Bowl.
That's gone, too.
Chris Simms, who threw for 345 yards and four touchdown passes, tried to lead Texas back, but Texas Tech safety Ryan Aycock intercepted a pass with 5 minutes 21 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Although Texas's defense came into the game ranked fifth nationally, allowing 261 yards per game, Texas Tech had 306 yards by halftime and finished with 606.
With the score tied at 21 at the half, Kingsbury opened the third quarter with eight straight completions, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, who had 247 all-purpose yards.
After his big day, Kingsbury moved up to the No. 2 passer in Division I history with 11,831 yards, passing Todd Santos of San Diego State, Chris Redman of Louisville and Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech.
Texas took a 7-0 lead when Cedric Benson scored from two yards two plays after Kingsbury fumbled on Tech's first play from scrimmage.
After a Tech punt forced Texas to start at its 10, Simms led the Longhorns on a 12-play drive, finding Roy Williams alone in the end zone to give Texas a 14-0 lead.