Texas Tech vs. Arizona State: The History

Despite playing in the same conference for several seasons, Texas Tech and Arizona State have only played once, in 1999. Kliff Kingsbury, a redshirt freshman at the time, made his Red Raiders debut in that game.

There may not be an history between two college football programs than Texas Tech and Arizona State.

The two programs won more Border Conference titles than any other program, with Tech claiming seven and Arizona State winning six. They were the big boys of the conference, which began in 1931 and dissolved 31 years later. One might expect Tech and Arizona State would have a bitter rivalry, but that is not the case.

As conference foes, the two programs never met. In fact, Tech and Arizona State have met once and it featured the debut of Texas Tech's current head coach as a player.

The Sun Devils blew out the Red Raiders 31-13 in their only meeting. It came in 1999 and a redshirt freshman named Kliff Kingsbury made his first appearance in a college football game during garbage time. The future award-winning quarterback finished 3-for-5 for 15 passing yards.

The Red Raiders had the lead entering the second quarter. Running back Ricky Williams scored a first quarter touchdown to put Tech up 7-0.

Arizona State scored 31 consecutive points and ran away with the victory. Tech scored once more on an Aaron Hunt fumble recovery.

It was the first game of the final season in the Spike Dykes era. The Red Raiders would gain bowl eligibility, but did not go on a trip.

Tech and Arizona State will meet for the second time in the Holiday Bowl on December 30 in San Diego. It is the first bowl game of the Kliff Kingsbury era.

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