Year In Review: Most Memorable Moment

The Staff is taking time as the year wraps up to reflect on what was the year 2011 in Texas Tech sports.

Joseph Yeager: Sooners Boomed


OU kicker James Hunnicutt blowing a 28-yard chip-shot field goal with 2:52 remaining with Tech clinging to a 10-point lead. After trailing most of the game, and usually by a large margin, the Sooners charged back in the fourth quarter and looked like they might thwart Tech's upset bid. Until the missed field goal, that is. Only after Hunnicutt's miss could the Red Raiders claim ownership of arguably the greatest upset in Tech football history.



Thomas Lott: Ward Stepping Up 


In a football season that saw the Red Raiders one win away from bowl eligibility for the last five games on the season only to see them fail to win a single one of those games, there were very few bright spots. However, if there was one bright spot, it was Eric Ward. The Redshirt Sophomore from Wichita Falls broke out on the season, leading the Red Raiders in receptions and tying the single game reception mark in Dallas against Baylor. But the highlight of Ward's season came against the Nevada Wolfpack in week 3 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders had been embarrassed the entire game giving up over 100 yards to a freshman quarterback while giving up over 300 yards on the ground for the game. But the game is not over until it's over, and Eric Ward made sure of that. In a season when every touchdown seemed to run together for Ward as he had multiple games with multiple TD receptions, his touchdown against Nevada in the waning moments was the play of the year for the Red Raiders. On 4th and goal, Seth Doege dropped back to pass looking for an open receiver. His first option was covered, as was his second, he dropped further and further back seemingly doomed from the start. But with one last look to the left, he saw Eric Ward breaking to the corner, Doege set and threw, and the rest is history. They would win the game by one, and if that game was any indication of how the season would go for the Red Raiders, people may have given up much sooner, but Eric Ward's play was one for Texas Tech lore.



John Baucum: Upset in Norman


The most memorable moment of 2011 was easily the Red Raider win in Norman against the Sooners in football. Tech appeared to be vastly inferior to the Sooners in all facets of the game, but fought hard and outplayed the tradition-rich Sooners to hand OU its first loss of 2011 and end a 39 game home winning streak for OU



Joshua Koch: No.1 Baylor Rocked In Lubbock


No.1 Baylor came rolling into the United Spirit Arena ready to take down the Lady Raiders for the second time in a single season, but Tech had different plans. In the last trip to Lubbock, the game wasn't remembered for the score or even who won, but the moment that Brittney Griner turned around a swung at Jordan Barncastle and made contact. Griner would get suspended for a couple of games because of that incident. With that in mind the Lady Raiders needed to get revenge.

The United Spirit Arena was rocking in pink, since it was the pink game for the season, and the Lady Raiders took a 28-21 lead into the locker room. No one knew if they were going to be able to hold it or not, but they managed to.

With the final seconds running off the clock, Monique Smalls brought the ball down and sealed the 56-45 victory knocking off the No.1 team in the land.

Of course as Tech students do, they rushed the court and the celebration began. I will never forget being at that game, and it was definitely my memorable moment of 2011.

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