Everyone knows that Texas Tech football is built on its passing game, but one passing stat in particular is absolutely incredible.
As tweeted by Red Raiders wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator Kevin Johns, Texas Tech has amassed 704 receiving touchdowns since 2000, more than 100 more than any other school in the country.
— Kevin Johns (@kjfbcoach) May 14, 2018
With offenses run by Mike Leach and Kliff Kingsbury — two Air Raid disciples — and with quarterbacks such as Graham Harrell, Pat Mahomes and Seth Doege (and Kingsbury himself) slinging the rock, it’s no surprise the Red Raiders are in the lead. But the sheer gap between Texas Tech and other teams is astonishing.
When you break it down, however, it does make more sense. With the exception of Lloyd Hill’s 12 touchdowns in 1992, every one of the top 10 single-season receiving touchdown tallies in Texas Tech history came after 2000. And every player in the Red Raiders’ top 10 in career receiving TDs played all of their seasons after the turn of the millennium. For the record, Michael Crabtree leads in both categories with 41 career touchdowns and 22 touchdowns during the 2007 season. Keke Coutee, who was drafted by the Houston Texans this year, doesn’t even crack the top 10.
It’s clear that Texas Tech is an offensive force. And Kingsbury has a remarkable record of turning quarterbacks into professionals. That all adds up to a boatload of receiving TDs.