Tech Fueled By Raiderville, Student Section

Raiderville has been around for some time but gained significant notoriety the week top ranked Texas paid a visit to Lubbock in 2008. Arguably the most memorable moment in program history took place that Saturday when Graham Harrell launched a pass to the sideline where Michael Crabtree evaded two Longhorn defenders on his way to the end zone with one second remaining. Tech won the game 39-33.

Texas Tech is not hosting the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies this season.

That did not stop students from keeping the annual tradition of Raiderville going.

13 tents were set up by Monday night and more have arrived since. This season, Raiderville is located on the grass between the Frazier Alumni Pavillion and Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Raiderville is fun to walk through, especially when the team is winning.

"I remember when they were really rolling in '08," Kingsbury said. "There were people there on Monday and Tuesday setting up. It's fun for the players to come through the building and walk through that and see that. It's just a great vibe when you're winning at that level."

According to Raiderville's Twitter account @ttu_raidervlle, the tradition first took place in 2005, but gained significant notoriety the week top ranked Texas paid a visit to Lubbock in 2008. Arguably the most memorable moment in program history took place that Saturday when Graham Harrell launched a pass to the sideline where Michael Crabtree evaded two Longhorn defenders on his way to the end zone with one second remaining. Tech won the game 39-33 before an electric night-crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium.

"Personally, I think we have the greatest student section in the nation," Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro said. "And I've been to four other road games and none of them compare to how our students act, and the way they cheer and stuff like that."

Texas Tech students have broken two attendance records this season. More students showed up to Kliff Kingsbury's home coaching debut against Stephen F. Austin than the 2008 Texas game. Five days later the record was shattered by over 1,000 students for the TCU game on a Thursday night. Sophomore linebacker Branden Jackson said he wishes he could camp out with the students.

"I love when the fans do that," Jackson said. "I love staying out there. Sometimes I wish I could stay out there with them, but we're not allowed to do that."

Texas Tech has not won a Raiderville game since 2008. The Red Raiders went 0-3 under Tommy Tuberville when Raiderville took place, but the players say they appreciate it.

"I think it motivates us more than anything," Amaro said.

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