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Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Kingsbury, Johnson, Yelk honored

October 16, 2001

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— Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who had 490 yards passing and four touchdown passes in a 38-19 win over Kansas State Saturday was named the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week.

Colorado linebacker Joey Johnson won the defensive honor and Iowa State kicker Tony Yelk of Arlington, Wis., was named the special teams player of the week Monday by media covering Saturday's Big 12 games.

Kingsbury set a school record with his third career 400-yard passing game in leading Texas Tech to a 38-19 win over then-No. 21 Kansas State. It was the Red Raiders' first win over a ranked opponent since 1999. He finished the game with 409 yards passing on 32-of-47 attempts.

Kingsbury also had 413 yards of total offense and threw for four touchdown passes to three different receivers. He tied a Tech all-time mark with his sixth career 300-yard passing game. The 409 yards is fourth on the Tech single-game passing list, and Kingsbury holds three of the top five spots.

In just his second career start, Johnson made the game-clinching play in a 31-21 win over then-No. 25 Texas A&M when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown with 58 seconds left in the game.

Johnson had eight tackles five solo and helped the Colorado defense hold the Aggies to 42 net yards rushing.

Yelk was a major factor in the Cyclones' 20-14 win at Missouri as he averaged 49.5 yards on six punts, with three punts inside the 20, and kicked two field goals.

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