Texas Tech vs. Texas: The History

The last time Texas Tech defeated Texas in Austin was in 1997 when quarterback Zebbie Lethridge (pictured) led the Red Raiders to a 24-10 victory after trailing at the half. Tech's "Lil Ricky" Williams outrushed Texas' Ricky Williams 131 to 80 and Red Raider defensive back Dane Johnson returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.

Texas has many rivals, but one of the more entertaining rivalries is the Chancellors Spurs against Texas Tech.

There is a part of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Pony Exce$$ in which multiple people say "I hated Texas". The University of Texas is the evil empire. If you are not a Longhorn fan, chances are you hate Texas. Each team in the Southwest Conference had their own rivalry with Texas, but even schools outside the Southwest Conference despised Texas.

Recently, the Red Raiders are the team known to spoil Texas hopes of a Big 12 Championship and national title aspirations.

The first meeting matching up the two programs came in 1928 in Austin when the Longhorns won 12-0. The two teams would wait until 1934 to meet a second time with Texas winning 12-6 in Lubbock. The Longhorns would win the first seven games of the series. Surprisingly, Tech's first victory came in Austin. Under head coach DeWitt Weaver in 1955, the Red Raiders opened the season on the road with a 20-14 victory over Texas. The Red Raiders would lose eight straight before knocking off Texas again.

Tech would win its second game of the series in Austin as well. The Red Raiders upset the eighth ranked Longhorns 19-13 in 1967. For the second straight season, quarterback John Scovell led the Red Raiders to an upset of the Longhorns in 1968. The fifth ranked Longhorns, for the first time ever, lost in Lubbock. It was the only loss Texas suffered all season.

Texas went on a tear the next season including a 49-7 victory over Tech. The Longhorns would eventually win the program's second national championship.

Texas Tech would finish 11-1 in 1973 with a Gator Bowl Championship. The one team that remained in the Red Raiders way of being undefeated and winning the Southwest Conference was Texas. The Longhorns won their fifth straight over the Red Raiders on September 29. The Longhorns would lose three games that season, none of them against conference opponents.

Tech would get revenge the next season. The Longhorns entered Lubbock undefeated ranked sixth in the nation. The Red Raiders embarrassed the Longhorns on ABC with a 26-3 victory.

Tech would lose in 1975, but open up 1976 with an 8-0 record including a victory over fifteenth ranked Texas. Tech would eventually be upset in Lubbock by the Houston Cougars. The Red Raider faithful would have to wait until 1980 to see another victory over Texas. Tech had just come off a bye to face a Longhorn team who'd been beaten by the pony express. Tech knocked the Longhorns from the rankings with a 24-20 victory in Lubbock.

Texas won the next five games of the series until 1986. The Red Raiders would jump out to a 23-7 lead on Nov. 1 with 7:30 remaining in the game. The Longhorns would make a comeback, but Tech held on for the 23-21 victory.

The Spike Dykes era started shortly after the 1986 Texas game. It would start out rocky, but the man eventually became the winningest Tech coach against the Longhorns. His first victory came in 1988 when Tech came back from a 32-15 deficit in the fourth quarter. Tech finished the comeback with a 2-point conversion and the Longhorns missed a 55-yard field goal on their final drive.

Tech would pull off an upset the next season when the Red Raiders went to Austin and knocked off the No.22 Texas Longhorns. Tech scored 10 points in the final five minutes to snatch the victory. It started a collapse that would result in Texas losing four of their final five games and result in a losing record.

Tech fans would have to wait four more years for another victory over the Longhorns. In 1993, Tech built a 17-point lead in the first quarter and defeated Texas 31-22. It was the second of five straight victories for the Red Raiders. Tech would wind up being bowl eligible for 20 consecutive seasons starting with 1993. The Red Raiders embarrassed Texas in 1994 with a 33-9 home victory.

Texas returned the favor in 1995 with a 48-7 blowout. Dykes would win back-to-back games against Texas in 1997 and 1998.

Texas would end up winning the next three contests, but entered Lubbock in 2002 with Big 12 Championship aspirations. The Longhorns went up 14-0 until a wild pass from quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who is now the Red Raiders head man, was caught by Wes Welker for a touchdown. The Red Raiders and Longhorns would battle back-and-forth until Tech safety Ryan Aycock picked off Chris Simms to secure a 42-38 victory knocking the Longhorns out of contention for the Big 12 South division title.

Tech would go into Austin the next season and snatch a 40-35 lead in the fourth quarter. Texas would drive down the field and score a final minute touchdown to retake the lead, but the Red Raiders were not done yet. Tech was in position to send the game into overtime, but kicker Keith Toogood missed a last second field goal wide left.

Tech would struggle against Texas until Graham Harrell became the quarterback for the Red Raiders. Tech would start the 2006 game with a 24-7 lead, but it wasn't enough. The Longhorns shut out Tech in the second half and escaped Lubbock with a 35-31 win.

The next season, Tech would hang around Texas until two unfortunate drives in the third quarter ultimately did the Red Raiders in. Tech would wind up losing 59-43 after being down 28-20 at halftime.

Then there's the 2008 game. The blackout. Raiderville. The student section featuring faces painted like the joker. It's the date no Red Raider fan will ever forget. Texas Tech upset top ranked Texas 39-33 on Nov. 1, 2008. Of course, the play that is etched into the history book forever is Michael Crabtree pulling away from two Longhorn players on the 5-yard line and running into the endzone. The crowd rushed the field three times and the victory bells rang for one hour. For three weeks, Texas Tech was projected to go to the BCS National Championship.

Since 2008, the Red Raiders have yet to defeat Texas. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 47-15. The rivalry consists of a trophy, the Chancellor's Spurs, which were first on display in 1996. Tech has held the spurs for four seasons.

The Red Raiders will look to make it a fifth Thursday night in the first Thanksgiving game of the series. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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