With the game tied at 10-10 and only four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington ripped off what looked to be a 49-yard touchdown. Washington, however, dropped the ball short of the goal line in excitement, the exact type of bone-headed play that causes coaches and fans to go ballistic. So how harsh of a tongue lashing did Washington receive from Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury? As it turns out, the first-year head coach was pretty cool about the whole thing.
Washington spoke with The Lubbock Avalanche-Gazette about what occurred on the sideline right after the fumble, revealing the Kingsbury was encouraging instead of angry. Said Washington:
I think that’s what makes coach Kingsbury the way he is. How we’re able to interact with him, the way he interacts with us, it’s not all about just yelling at us 24-7 to get his point across. I respect that about him.
He’s real cool, real laid back. He never gets too worked up, never gets too stressed out, and that kind of carries over to the team. We try to keep calm and never let the adversity get the best of us.
Kingsbury himself said that he knew the error would be played “all over the country on every replay” and thus didn’t feel chewing Washington out was appropriate. The restraint certainly paid off; the Red Raiders scored the game-winning touchdown a few plays later.
[Source: The Lubbock Avalanche-Gazette]