Jonathan Garibay recently had surgery on his right hand and wrist during an open week for the Texas Tech Football team. Don’t worry about the awkward throw halfway up his forearm, the tech kicker told his coaches. The leg is still okay.
It ever is.
Garibay scored a 62-yard field goal with a school record at Jones AT&T Stadium after Saturday’s time ran out, giving Texas Tech a 41-38 upset for the State of Iowa and qualifying for the Red Raiders Bowl for the first time in four seasons .
“If God is with me, who can resist? I told (special teams) coach Tommerdahl that,” said Garibay. “When I take my steps, I just think, ‘Hit a clean ball. Everything else will take care of itself.’ “
A strong southwest wind was blowing for most of the game, but the gusts of nearly 40 mph had long since subsided by the time Garibay showed up after dark and defending champion Austin McNamara spotted the ball on Tech’s 48-yard line.
“When you’re so far away, it’s really hard to get to that nice height,” said Garibay …