It may seem like a storied rivalry that has been around forever.
The truth is, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma is fairly young.
The first game of the series served as the opener to the 1992 season for both teams. The Sooners dominated a Spike Dykes led team 34-9.
The next season, the two teams met in the Sun Bowl and the Sooners routed Tech 41-10. The two teams met as non-conference foes for the final time in 1994 with the Sooners taking a 17-11 victory in Norman.
After the Southwest Conference dissolved, Tech and Oklahoma became rivals in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference. The first conference matchup between the two teams was played in Norman and saw the Red Raiders cross the Red River victorious 22-12.
Oklahoma would have Tech's number the next two seasons.
The 1999 game was one of the most memorable in Texas Tech history. Current Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury explained why.
"Yeah, that was my favorite start ever because it was Coach Dykes' last game," Kingsbury said. "And we knew that we were 5-5. He had been bowl eligible for ten, 11 straight years, and we wanted to send him out on top. That team rallied around me and around him, and found a way to get a win against a very good OU team."
Not only was it Spike Dykes final game as a head coach, but it was Kingsbury's first as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. The 1999 game was the beginning of a prolific career for Kingsbury. The offensive coordinator for the 1999 Oklahoma Sooners was Mike Leach. The Mad Scientist, as Brent Musberger calls him, would become the Red Raiders head coach in 2000. Leach's first two games against his former team were respectable against the powerhouse Sooners, but losses nonetheless.
Leach and Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to a 5-2 Big 12 Conference record and a chance to win the Big 12 South Championship in 2002. The one team standing in their way was the Oklahoma Sooners.
It was a disaster.
Oklahoma roughed up the Red Raiders 60-15 in Norman. Instead of going to the Big 12 Championship to face the Colorado Buffaloes for a shot at a BCS game, Tech fizzled to the Mazda Tangerine Bowl.
It would not be until 2005 that Tech would beat the Sooners again. To this day, the ending is still debated. Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson was ruled to have crossed the goal line on the final play of the game. This gave the Red Raiders a 23-21 victory and Tech's first Cotton Bowl appearance of the Leach era.
Since 2005, Tech and Oklahoma have traded victories every season as Tech has become a thorn in Oklahoma's side.
Oklahoma was looking to make an appearance in the national championship game in 2007. The Sooners were ranked third. Tech knocked out Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford with a concussion.
Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray also suffered a dislocated kneecap during the game. The Red Raiders pounded the Sooners on their way to a 34-27 victory. The loss destroyed the Sooners title hopes.
The next season, Tech entered Norman with hopes of an appearance in the national championship. The Red Raiders were ranked second in the nation and projected to play for the crystal football.
Once again, Tech's BCS dreams were erased in Norman in a nightmare that seemed like it would never end.
Sooner Nation "jumped around" to a 65-21 victory that sent the Red Raiders to the Cotton Bowl and Oklahoma to the BCS National Championship. Both teams would lose their bowl games.
The Texas Tech faithful has yet to forget that night in 2008, but did get a little revenge the next season. House of Pain's "Jump Around" was played during a 41-13 victory over the Sooners. The game also brought on a meme featuring
Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles showboating on his way to the end zone while the Sooners were down 41-6. Broyles was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Mike Leach would walk out of the 2009 game as the most victorious coach in Texas Tech history. It would also be the final time he put his guns up while leaving Jones AT&T Stadium. He was fired in December.
Conference realignment brought on two straight road games in the series for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders stood no chance in 2010. Tech was dominated from kickoff 45-7.
The 2011 game was much different. A storm blew into Norman and the Red Raiders took advantage against a No.1 Oklahoma team. Tech humiliated the Sooners on their home turf and Sooners fans emptied Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The score is much closer than what the game featured. The Red Raiders won 41-38, but in reality Tech picked the Sooners apart.
Tech lost in 2012 41-20, but the Red Raiders are now a very different team. There is a new coaching staff, a new attitude and a completely new era. Kliff Kingsbury will take his Texas Tech Red Raiders into Norman Saturday at 2:30.
The Sooners lead the series 14-6.
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma: The History
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