Last Saturday, I saw my last Texas Tech football home game as a student. Therefore, I decided to look back at the top 10 games I saw at Jones AT&T Stadium.
1. November 1, 2008: No. 7 Texas Tech 39 No. 1 Texas 33
This one easily was the greatest win in Texas Tech history. Michael Crabtree scores a 28-yard touchdown with one second left to give Tech the victory. It was Tech’s first win over a No. 1 ranked team in school history and the school’s 500 win. This win would begin a three-week reign for the Red Raiders at No. 2.
For me personally, it was the first I saw the football team beat Texas and the second time I got to rush the field.
2. November 17, 2007: Texas Tech 34 No. 4 Oklahoma 27
After losing to Texas 59-43 the previous week, Tech would dash the No. 4 Sooners hopes at a national championship. Graham Harrell had 420 yards passing and two touchdowns, Crabtree had 12 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma lost their quarterback Sam Bradford in the first quarter and the Red Raiders would jump out to a 34-10 lead. The Sooners’ backup Joey Halzle would rally Oklahoma within seven but the Red Raiders were the victors.
For me personally, it was the second time I saw Tech beat Oklahoma and the first time I got to rush the field.
3. November 19, 2005: No. 21 Texas Tech 23 Oklahoma 21
After the Red Raiders lost at Oklahoma State 24-17, the hosted the Sooners. Tech would jump out to a 17-7 lead, but Rhett Bomar and Adrian Peterson would rally the Sooners in the fourth quarter. Bomar threw a 13-yard pass to Malcolm Kelly, which cut the Red Raiders lead to 17-14. Peterson would score on a 13-yard run, which gave the Sooners a 21-17 lead with 1:33 remaining in the game. Cody Hodges would lead the Red Raiders on one last drive.
With no time, remaining Taurean Henderson dove across the goal line. After a review, the play stood and the Red Raiders won 23-21 going to the Cotton Bowl. To this day Sooners' fans are still in denial that Henderson crossed the goal line.
For me personally, I was on the front row of the south end zone and saw the whole thing, touchdown Red Raiders.
4. November 29, 2008: No. 7 Texas Tech 35 Baylor 28
This would be considered probably one of the scariest games for Tech fans. With 11:00 minutes left in the third quarter, the Bears looked serious about an upset, leading 28-14.
Without Michael Crabtree, and Harrell having nine breaks in two fingers on his non-throwing hand, the Red Raiders managed to rally back.
Shannon Woods would score on a one-yard touchdown to cut Baylor’s lead to seven. Baron Batch would tie the game with a three-yard touchdown run. Detron Lewis caught a four-yard pass from Harrell with 6:14 remaining to put Tech ahead for good 35-28. The win would give the Red Raiders a share of the Big XII South title and tie their record for wins in a season.
For me personally, this was my last home game as a student finishing 22-3 in the games I witnessed at the Jones.
5. October 11, 2008: No. 7 Texas Tech 37 Nebraska 31 OT
The Cornhuskers had the ball over 40 minutes. Nebraska rallied from a 24-10 deficit The Red Raiders kicking woes continued, but Tech would prevail after Jamar Wall intercepted a Joe Ganz pass in overtime preserving Tech’s undefeated season. Eric Morris scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime; however, Donnie Carona would keep the game in doubt with a blocked extra point.
For me personally, it was the first time I got to see Nebraska play and the first overtime game I witnessed in the Jones.
6. November 18, 2006: Texas Tech 30 Oklahoma State 24
The Red Raiders had to overcome a 17-0 deficit and tip a Zac Robinson pass out of the end zone with no time remaining to win 30-24. The win guaranteed Tech a 7-5 record sending them to the Insight Bowl.
For me personally, it was the first time seeing Oklahoma State play.
7. November 5, 2005: No. 16 Texas Tech 56 Texas A&M 17
This was the first Aggie beating I got to see. The Red Raiders never trailed in the game taking an early 14-0 lead. Hodges passed for 408 yards and two touchdowns. Henderson gained 109 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns. Jarrett Hicks had 147 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Red Raiders would move to 8-1.
For me personally, I never saw Tech lose to A&M in football while I was enrolled at Tech.
8. October 13, 2007: Texas Tech 35 Texas A&M 7
For me personally, this would be the final Aggie beating I witnessed in person. The Red Raiders’ defense was in their third week under new defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeil.
The defense only allowed A&M one touchdown in the first quarter, and forced five punts and one turnover. Harrell completed 30-of-37 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns. Crabtree would have 170 yards receiving on eight receptions.
This would also be the last Tech game for then-Aggies coach Dennis Franchione.
9. September 10, 2005: No. 21 Texas Tech 56 Florida International 3
This would be an anti-climatic game. The Red Raiders scored the first 21 points and the last 35 points of the game. Hodges passed for 454 yards and four touchdowns, Henderson gained 67 yards on the ground and scored one touchdown, and Robert Johnson had 129 yards receiving and scored one touchdown.
For me personally, this was my first Tech home game.
10. October 28, 2006: No. 5 Texas 35 Texas Tech 31
Yes, the result was disappointing for Tech fans.
For me, personally it was my first time seeing Texas in action.
The Red Raiders scored the first 21 points of the game and led 31-21 at halftime. Selvin Young would score on a one-yard run to cut the Red Raiders lead to 31-28. Quan Cosby caught a 28-yard pass from Colt McCoy to give the Longhorns their only lead at 35-31 with 13:24 remaining in the game. Harrell passed for 519 yards and three touchdowns. Hicks had 156 yards receiving and one touchdown. Tech fans want to say the referees influenced the game but the facts are the Red Raiders failed to score on all six of their second half possessions. What's in the past is in the past.