Texas Tech Football: 12 Highlight Reels to Pump You Up for the 2011 Season

Amy DaughtersFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2011

Texas Tech Football: 12 Highlight Reels to Pump You Up for the 2011 Season

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    The sports world first felt the pangs of birth associated with the coming of Texas Tech football in the autumn of 1925 and since this historic moment the valiant warriors clad in Scarlett and Black have captured 519 victories, suffered 398 defeats and participated in 32 draws.

    Texas Tech’s first season opener occurred some 86 years ago when the McMurry Indians visited Lubbock only to leave the South Plains with a zero to zero tie, the date was October 17, 1925 and this occasion marks the very hour that a burning desire for victory was born in the hearts of a people who would become the Red Raider nation.

    Zooming ahead over three quarters of a century later the modern version of the Texas Tech citizenry, the blessed recipients of a well preserved but ever glowing victorious torch, begins to prepare itself for a new football campaign.

    The 2011 season presents the worthy Tech fan with a plethora of reason for contemplation and concern yet still offers the gallant enthusiast a worthy motive for optimism and celebration.

    True, our new coach is unproven and the great gash in our ranks has not yet healed…yes, our team is young and inexperienced and right and noble is the constituent that bellows, “Where are our leaders? Where is our hope for a glorious campaign? What lies ahead but angst, dread and an unsettled stomach?”

    Yes, we are unranked, we are unheralded and we are under-appreciated (even among our own sacred ranks) but let us remember that this is still another blessed season of Texas Tech football.

    Our boys (our gritty young men) will take the field on the third day of September, clad in our school colors, embossed with the sacred Double T, branded with honor, perseverance and determined to find victory wherever it may lie.

    Regardless of the circumstances, aside from any other issues, discussions or reasons, this is our team to support and we are the chosen ones who are charged to carry out the mission of the football fanatic; to defend totally, to prop-up eternally, to cheer wildly and to endorse completely.

    And when we, hand in hand, combine with one another in this spirit of purpose, in mass we represent the one and only Red Raider Nation, a people blessedly burdened to carry out the work of our forefathers; to support Texas Tech University.

    The following video slideshow highlights 12 of the finest moments in Red Raider gridiron history (that we could find a video for); it has been carefully prepared to serve as a call to arms, a reawakening of a pigskin nation, the re kindling of an undying spirit and a reminder that absolutely anything can happen during a Tech football campaign.

    Fight Raiders, Fight!  Onwards to the 2011 season and beyond…this is our team, this is our school and this is our season!

    Go Tech!

2008: Texas Tech vs. Virginia, the Gator Bowl

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    In what was yet another fantastic bowl finish during the Mike Leach era the 2008 Gator Bowl featured the Red Raiders coming back from a 28-14 deficit midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Set-Up

    The Red Raiders invitation to the Jan. 1 2008 playing of the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida followed an up and down 2007 football campaign culminating in a 8-4 record.

    Virginia’s credentials for the Gator Bowl included a 9-3 regular season record and a No. 20 national ranking.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 31    Virginia 28

    The Aftermath

    The last second loss to Tech earned Virginia a 9-4 finish in 2007 and signaled the beginning stages of the slow demise of the Cavaliers near the end of the Al Groh era which officially passed after the 2009 season.

    The Gator Bowl win gave the Red Raiders a 9-4 finish in 2007 setting up the memorable 2008 campaign when Tech went 11-2.

1989: Texas Tech vs. Texas

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    This was Tech’s first win in Austin in over two decades and was iced by a memorable and titillating play where in Red Raider QB Jamie Gill connected with Anthony Manyweather on a 3rd-and-26 from Tech’s own 35 yard line.

    Manyweather caught the pass on the Longhorn’s 30 and eluded two Texas defender’s in route to the blessed end zone and a Tracy Saul pick officially slammed down the lid on a memorable upset.

    The Set-Up

    The Red Raiders hadn’t won a football game in Austin since 1967 when they entered the 1989 game vs. the rival Longhorns.  ‘89 didn’t look to be the year that the “curse” of Memorial Stadium would be broken as the 6-2 Red Raiders were eight point underdogs to the No. 22 ranked Longhorns.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 24    Texas 17

    The Aftermath

    The Longhorns finished ’89 at 5-6 and bowl-less under turncoat coach David McWilliams while the Red Raiders went 9-3 which included a 49-21 thrashing of Steve Spurrier’s Duke team in the All-American Bowl.

2006: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

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    This delight (a real delight) features a Graham Harrell to Robert Johnson TD pass to ice the Aggies in College Station with less than 30 seconds on the clock.

    The Set-Up

    Texas Tech was 3-1 coming to College Station to meet the Aggies who were a perfect 4-0 under fourth year coach Dennis Franchione.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 31    Texas A&M 27

    The Aftermath

    A&M went to 9-4 record in ’06 (Coach Fran’s best mark as an Aggie) which included a 10-45 drubbing at the hands of Cal in the Holiday Bowl.

    Texas Tech went 8-5 in 2006 a mark that counted a wild victory over Minnesota (44-41) in the Insight Bowl that just so happens to be the biggest comeback in college bowl history.

2005: Texas Tech vs. Nebraska

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    The Cornhuskers had won 36 straight Homecoming games coming into their 2006 meeting with Tech in Lincoln.

    The game not only marked the end of Nebraska’s Homecoming’ streak, it featured a thrilling game winning Red Raider touchdown with only 19 seconds left to play in the game.

    For the Tech fan it’s also enjoyable to reminisce and remember that this is the same team that the Red Raiders pummeled at home a year earlier (2004) by a head spinning score of 70-10.

    The Set-Up

    Texas Tech was a perfect 4-0 when they boarded the plane to Lincoln and were straight-off a win over Kansas in Lubbock which was the conference opener.

    Nebraska was also 4-0 coming into their Homecoming celebrations and had scored narrow wins over Pitt (7-6) and Iowa State (27-20) in the two previous weeks (both games were also played in Lincoln).

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 34    Nebraska 31

    The Aftermath

    Nebraska went 8-4 in 2005 and capped off the season with a 32-28 win over Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.

    Tech went 9-3 in 2005 (the two regular season losses were to Texas and Oklahoma State) and lost to Alabama in a nail biter Cotton Bowl (10-13), a victory that was eventually vacated by the Crimson Tide.

1954: Texas Tech vs. Auburn, the Gator Bowl

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    Besides being a tremendous football game, the 1954 Gator Bowl marked the very first time the Masked Rider dashed onto the football field.  Tech’s mascot had appeared before this date but the 1954 postseason game against Auburn was the beloved rider’s first official public appearance.

    This clip shows that historic first ride, leading the Red Raiders onto the field, a sight that so stirred Ed Danforth from the Atlanta Journal that he wrote, “No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance.”

    You also have to love the commentator in the actual clip referring to the Masked Rider as the "Flying Red Horseman."

    The game itself was also noteworthy as it placed Tech in a position to make another amazing bowl comeback, an opportunity that was not wasted.

    The first half was all Tigers as Auburn QB Vince Dooley led the offense to 13 points and the defense held Tech to a dismal three first downs.  Tech did manage one score and the half ended with the Tigers in the lead 13-7.

    Though it looked like Auburn would dominate the Raiders, Tech took over in the second half and scored a dazzling 28 points in just over seven minutes of play.  Tech’s legendary halfback Bobby Cavazos ran for 141 yards on only 13 carries, scored three times and even managed a defensive stop on an interception return to stop an Auburn defensive score.

    The Set-Up

     The 1953 Red Raiders stormed through the regular season earning a 10-1 record and an appearance in the ninth annual Gator Bowl vs. the 7-2 Auburn Tigers. 

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 35    Auburn 13

    The Aftermath

    The bowl loss took Auburn’s record to 7-3-1 for the 1953 season while the victory brought Tech’s record to 11-1-0 which included a Border Conference title, the Red Raiders finished the ’53 season ranked No. 12.

    This was the first Red Raider squad to ever achieve 11 wins in a season, a mark that has been duplicated only twice by the 1973 and 2008 teams.

2002: Texas Tech vs. Texas

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    Perhaps overshadowed by the 2008 blockbuster meeting between the two schools, the 2002 meeting had all the drama without the high rankings for both teams (Texas was No. 4 at this point and Tech was unranked) and associated implications.

    After a Longhorn dominated first quarter (14-0) Tech scored 21 points in the second quarter and the score was all tied at 21-21 at the half and stayed deadlocked through the third (28-28).

    UT struck first in the final period with a field goal which Tech answered with a touchdown making the score 35-31 in favor of the Red Raiders.  The Longhorns scored next on a Chris Simms to BJ Johnson TD strike and finally, Tech took the lead for good with 5:41 on the clock when Kliff Kingsbury hit Taurean Henderson for a 25-yard TD play.

    A Ryan Aycock pick on the ensuing Texas drive sealed the deal in a historic upset for the Red Raiders.

    The Set-Up

     Texas was No. 4 in the country and 9-1 coming into their annual meeting with the Red Raiders (their only loss was to Oklahoma) while the Red Raiders were 7-4 and unranked.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 42    Texas 38

    The Aftermath

    Texas went on to enjoy an 11-2 record in 2002 which included a 35-20 win over LSU in the Cotton Bowl.

    The Red Raiders dropped the last game of the season to Oklahoma (15-60 in Norman) but rebounded with a stomping of Clemson (55-15) in the Tangerine Bowl earning them an overall record of 9-5.

1976: Texas Tech vs. Texas

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    This contest featured an improbable Tech comeback from a 21-10 Longhorn lead in the third quarter.  Of note, Bill Parcells was the defensive coordinator at Tech during this time.

    The Set-Up

    The Red Raiders were 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in the nation coming into their 1976 contest in with the rival Longhorns in Lubbock. The Longhorns entered the game with a 3-1-1 record including a 6-6 draw vs. perennial rival Oklahoma.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 31    Texas 28

    The Aftermath

    The Longhorns went 5-5-1 in 1976 while Texas Tech went 10-2 (the only regular season loss was to Houston), captured a part of the Southwest Conference championship and ultimately lost to Nebraska (24-27) in the Bluebonnet Bowl.

2006: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota, the Insight Bowl

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    This historic gridiron turnabout trumps all others as it marks the biggest comeback in the history of college bowls.

    Texas Tech, down by 31 points with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter stormed back and finally captured an improbable but oh so sweet victory in overtime.

    The Set-Up

    The 2006 edition of the Texas Tech Football Red Raiders were 7-5 coming into the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Tech’s opponent, the Golden Gophers of Minnesota finished their regular season campaign at 6-6 including wins in November over Big 10 rivals Iowa and Michigan State.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 44    Minnesota 41

    The Aftermath

    The bowl victory capped off an 8-5 finish for the Red Raiders while the Golden Gophers catastrophic demise earned them a 6-7 mark.

1995: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

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    This is one of the most memorable finishes to a game in the history of Tech football…a 7-7 tie (that lasted almost two full quarters) in what was a defensive juggernaut was finally broken by Tech LB Zach Thomas’ golden interception of  a Corey Pullig pass with only 30 ticks remaining on the clock.

    Thomas’ pick six is one of the most remarkable single plays in Red Raider football lore.

    The Set-Up

    Texas A&M rode a 29 consecutive game Southwest Conference win streak and a number eight national ranking into Lubbock for its 1995 game with Texas Tech. 

    The Red Raiders were 1-2 coming into the contest with a win over Missouri and losses at Baylor and Penn State.  The Penn State game in Happy Valley was a classic nail biter with Tech losing by a mere field goal in the final moments of a spectacular performance. 

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 14    Texas A&M 7

    The Aftermath

    The Aggies went on to enjoy a 9-3 season in 1995 which included a 22-20 defeat of Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.

    The mighty Red Raiders also went 9-3 in 1995 and bested Air Force by a score of 55-41 in a defensively-driven Copper Bowl.

2004: Texas Tech vs. Cal, the Holiday Bowl

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    Though it wasn’t a thrilling comeback victory or a fantastic finish, Tech’s 2004 win over Cal in the Holiday Bowl put an entire nation on notice that Texas Tech and Mike Leach were for real.

    The Set-Up

    The Golden Bears’ were 10-1 and ranked No. 4 coming into this game and their only regular season loss came on the road to USC in a narrow 17-23 defeat.  Cal was miffed (and rightfully so) that they didn’t get the nod for a BCS bowl and there was a bunch of chatter about them “settling” for the Holiday Bowl against Tech.

    The Red Raiders were just 7-4 by the end of the 2004 regular season, a record that included a nasty Week 2 defeat at New Mexico (24-27).

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 45    Cal 31   

    The Aftermath

    Cal dropped to 10-2 after the loss but still managed to finish No. 9 in the final polls while Tech finished the season 8-4 and were ranked No. 17 in the country.

2002: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

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    Texas A&M was ranked No. 22 coming into this game which turned out to be one of the wildest finishes in the long history of the rivalry between the Red Raiders and Aggies.

    After a big A&M start the Aggies had an 18-point advantage in the fourth quarter and a Kliff Kingsbury to Taurean Henderson bullet pulled the Red Raiders within five points with just over six minutes to play.

    The highlight of the game (persevered in the clip featured here) was a Wes Welker punt return for a score that put finally Tech ahead by a score of 38-35 with 2:48 to go.

    In a crazy ending that included a fumble return for a touchdown, a missed extra point and then a game tying field goal the game went into overtime and ended when A&M’s kicker John Pierson missed his second extra point of the game.

    The Set-Up

    Texas A&M was 3-1 and ranked No. 22  coming into its 2002 game against Texas Tech in College Station while the Red Raiders were 3-2 having suffered losses to Ohio State and NC State (in overtime).

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 48    Texas A&M 47

    The Aftermath

    The Aggies went on to a 6-6 record which was coach RC Slocum’s final campaign in College Station.

    Tech went 9-5 (which included the thrilling win over Texas) and stomped Clemson (55-15) in the Tangerine Bowl.

2008: Texas Tech vs. Texas

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    This is the game that will be written into the history books as one of the finest contests in the annals of sport.

    The 2008 game of the year, “Sudden Victory” is a dazzling jewel in the great crown of college football, if you don’t get misty eyed after watching this clip then you aren’t an American.

    The Set-Up

    It was No. 1 Texas visiting No. 5 Texas Tech in the battle of two undefeated squads from the Big 12 South.

    Tech dominated the first half and the Longhorns mounted a memorable comeback in the second, the evening, the game and the season all came down to a miraculous drive and play in the final moments of the game.

    The Final Score

    Texas Tech 39    Texas 33

    The Aftermath

    Texas’ only loss in 2008 was the thriller in  Lubbock and the Longhorns (despite beating Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry) sat out of the Big 12 title game and beat Ohio State 24-21 in the Fiesta Bowl.

    Texas Tech went on to destroy Oklahoma State the following weekend (56-20) only to be stomped by the Oklahoma Sooners the next weekend (21-65) in Norman.  The Red Raiders never rebounded from the Oklahoma loss and went 11-2 which included a loss to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.

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