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The Nightmare In Lubbock: One Year Later

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 1:  Fans of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cheer in the stands before the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2008 at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent IJune 8, 2016

You’re going to have to bear with me this week.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, thousands of Red Raider fans stormed the field in a frenzy. The euphoric sensation that comes with knocking off the number one team in the country enveloped Jones At&T Stadium, and Longhorn nation; so vibrant just hours before, was silenced.

As abstract as it seemed at the time, this wasn't a fictional anecdote. It was an all too real harsh dose of reality as I stared blankly at the television, and UT's national title hopes dissolved into thin air.

Not many held Texas as legitimate national title contenders before the season of 08. In fact, not many had them finishing better than third or forth in the Big 12—Forgive us for not listening, we're Texans.

What most call swagger, we call "walking" in the Lone Star State.

In the weeks leading up to the game I was confident. Sure, we were going into a hostile environment to play a good Texas Tech team; also undefeated at the time, but the way Texas had played with so much resiliency and heart in the weeks prior, filled me with a sense of conviction.

No matter how dire the circumstances became, we would find a way to win. This Texas team I believed was a team of destiny.

After a slow start, Texas got things rolling in the second half. They took the lead with about a minute remaining in the fourth. Then came the two biggest plays of the season.

First, there was the drop. Blake Gideon; starting FS, dropped a tipped ball that went right through his arms that would have sealed the victory. Next came, "The Play." The biggest play in Texas Tech history, and most painful for orangebloods in recent memory.

The worst part is the commercial of "the play" is continuously replayed on every major sports channel at an expeditious rate serving as a constant reminder of the pain inflicted on that day, one that Texas fans have had to endure for the better part of a year now.

All of this detail leads me to this point.

I pride myself on being an objective journalist while presenting my projections and analysis based solely on informed rationale. I'm not always right but do my best to base my opinion as objectively as possible.

This week, in a rematch vs. Texas Tech on primetime television, screw that.

Forget stats, returning players, records, key matchups, all of it.


They will pay drastically for what they did to us last season, and were going to do it in front of a national audience.

Humiliation is what's waiting for them and by the time we're done they'll be begging for them to play that Michael Crabtree game saving touchdown again.

How dare you, Texas Tech, come in between our path to glory? Do you know who we are?!

As you can probably tell, this one's... a little personal.




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