When a series is 48-15 in favor of one side, it doesn’t seem like a rivalry.
Don’t let the record fool you. Texas cringes at the fact Texas Tech knocked them out of a few more national championships than what Texas already owns.
This rivalry is one where the Red Raiders spoil dreams for the Longhorns. On the other hand, Texas Tech has never finished a season undefeated. Texas has spoiled that before.
The Longhorns started off the series winning the first 15 of 16 games. Tech got their lone victory during that time frame in 1955.
The Red Raiders would eventually score consecutive victories in 1967 and 1968. Tech went into halftime in 1968 with a 21-0 lead. Darrell K. Royal was the Longhorns coach both seasons and it marked Texas’ final loss until the 1970 Cotton Bowl.
Soon enough, the Red Raiders would be a national championship contending team, but there was one team who stood in the way of Tech’s first undefeated season in history. The Longhorns gave the Red Raiders their only loss in 1973. Tech would win one more time during the 70s, which came in 1976.
Tech was able to defeat Fred Akers twice and both times came on Nov. 1. This is a date Red Raider fans know well and they can ready what exactly took place in my story regarding trends in this series on the date of Nov. 1.
The most successful coach in Texas Tech history against Texas is Spike Dykes. Dykes finished his career with a 6-7 record against the Longhorns. His first victory against the team from Austin came in 1988 when Tech trailed 32-15. The Red Raiders came back by using a solid rushing attack and the Longhorns missed a 55-yard field goal in the waning seconds.
The 1989 matchup did not disappoint either. Tech went into Austin and went pound-for-pound with the Longhorns during a back-and-forth game. The Red Raiders finally pulled away late in the fourth quarter tacking on 10 points in the final five minutes.
Texas would strike back with three consecutive victories, but the John Mackovic era would begin and Tech sported a winning record against Texas during Mackovic’s time as the Longhorns’ head man.
Tech would win a wild one in 1998, Mack Brown’s first season at Texas. Two men named Ricky Williams would rush for over 140 yards each. In fact, Texas Tech’s Williams outrushed the 1999 Heisman Trophy winning Ricky Williams of Texas 154-142. Another interesting note on the 1998 game is Mack Brown being reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference after commenting on officiating.
The 1999 game was a complete disaster for the Red Raiders. Tech was dominated the entire game and lost 58-7. Starting quarterback Rob Peters suffered a season-ending injury. Not all was bad though. It didn’t seem so great at the time, but the Kliff Kingsbury quarterback era would start that night. The next week, Kingsbury would start Spike Dykes’ final game as a head coach and the Red Raiders beat an Oklahoma team which featured an offensive coordinator named Mike Leach. Kingsbury continually notes this as his all-time favorite game.
Kingsbury would initially struggle to beat Texas, but things changed on Senior Day in 2002. After falling behind 14-0 early, Kingsbury lofted up a prayer into double coverage. Out of nowhere, Wes Welker went up, caught a terribly thrown ball and sprinted into the end zone to cut the lead in half. The Red Raiders struck late in the first half to send an energized Kingsbury jumping into the air rallying the crowd on his way to the locker room. The momentum was clearly in Tech’s favor and they used it to come back and strike first in the second half. It was a back-and-forth game throughout, but things would work out in favor of the Red Raiders. Tech took the lead with 5:41 remaining on a screen pass from Kingsbury to Taurean Henderson.
With Tech up 42-38, Ivan Williams took the kick return into Texas Tech territory and if it weren’t for kicker Clinton Greathouse knocking him out of bounds, may have scored. Not only did Greathouse make a touchdown saving hit, but Ryan Aycock helped seal the deal with an interception on the first play from scrimmage during Texas’ following drive.
Tech nearly pulled an upset the following season in Austin. The Red Raiders held a 40-35 lead until Chance Mock found Roy Williams in the end zone with 46 seconds left. Tech had an opportunity to send the game to overtime, but Keith Toogood missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt.
Texas would start a dominating run again, but not quietly. In 2007, Mike Leach criticized the Big 12 for officiating bias when he said, “I think it’s disturbing that Austin residents are involved in this. People work too hard, too long, there’s too much money invested in these games to allow that.”
Leach was particularly upset when two catches were overturned and a touchdown pass was called back on the same drive during the Texas game. Leach wound up being fined $10,000 for his postgame remarks. It remains the biggest fine for a Big 12 coach, but Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard destroyed the record with a $25,000 fine after criticizing the Big 12 Conference for continually apologizing to the school for officiating mistakes, but seeing no change be made.
Both Iowa State and Texas Tech have had coaching outbursts about officiating during games against Texas. Mark Mangino, former Kansas head coach, had an outburst after a Texas game too. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy once received an apology from the Big 12 Conference after a controversial call during a Texas game. In addition, the Pelini brothers were extremely upset after Texas was granted one extra second to kick a field goal in the 2009 Big 12 Championship game. Rumors have since floated that the extra second was the final straw in Nebraska’s decision to leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten.
Many remember the 2008 game, considering it is considered to be the Texas Tech’s biggest victory in program history.
Since the celebration in 2008, Texas Tech has failed to defeat the Longhorns. The series has certainly had some interesting moments since then. Texas Tech will look to snap a five-game losing streak against Texas 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.
Oct. 6, 1928 in Austin: Texas 12 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 22, 1934 in Lubbock: Texas 12 Texas Tech 6
Sept. 25, 1937 in Austin: Texas 25 Texas Tech 12
Oct.6, 1945 in Austin: Texas 33 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 20, 1947 in Austin: Texas 33 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 17, 1949 in Austin: Texas 43 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 23, 1950 in Lubbock: Texas 28 Texas Tech 14
Sept. 17, 1955 in Austin: Texas Tech 20 Texas 14
Oct. 4, 1958 in Austin: Texas 12 Texas Tech 7
Oct. 1, 1960 in Austin: Texas 17 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 30, 1961 in Austin: Texas 42 Texas Tech 14
Sept. 29, 1962 in Lubbock: Texas 34 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 28, 1963 in Austin: Texas 49 Texas Tech 7
Sept. 26, 1964 in Lubbock: Texas 23 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 25, 1965 in Austin: Texas 33 Texas Tech 7
Sept. 24, 1966 in Lubbock: Texas 31 Texas Tech 21
Sept. 30, 1967 in Austin: Texas Tech 19 Texas 13
Sept. 28, 1968 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 31 Texas 22
Sept. 27, 1969 in Austin: Texas 49 Texas Tech 7
Sept. 26, 1970 in Lubbock: Texas 35 Texas Tech 13
Sept. 25, 1971 in Austin: Texas 28 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 30, 1972 in Lubbock: Texas 25 Texas Tech 20
Sept. 29, 1973 in Austin: Texas 28 Texas Tech 12
Sept. 28, 1974 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 26 Texas 3
Sept. 27, 1975 in Austin: Texas 42 Texas Tech 18
Oct. 30, 1976 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 31 Texas 28
Oct. 28, 1977 in Austin: Texas 26 Texas Tech 0
Sept. 30, 1978 in Lubbock: Texas 24 Texas Tech 7
Nov. 3, 1979 in Austin: Texas 14 Texas Tech 6
Nov. 1, 1980 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 24 Texas 20
Oct. 31, 1981 in Austin: Texas 26 Texas Tech 9
Oct. 30, 1982 in Lubbock: Texas 27 Texas Tech 0
Oct. 29, 1983 in Austin: Texas 20 Texas Tech 3
Nov. 3, 1984 in Lubbock: Texas 13 Texas Tech 10
Nov. 2, 1985 in Austin: Texas 34 Texas Tech 21
Nov. 1, 1986 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 23 Texas 21
Oct.31, 1987 in Austin: Texas 41 Texas Tech 27
Oct. 29, 1988 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 33 Texas 32
Nov. 4, 1989 in Austin: Texas Tech 24 Texas 17
Nov. 3, 1990 in Lubbock: Texas 41 Texas Tech 22
Nov. 2, 1991 in Austin: Texas 23 Texas Tech 15
Oct. 31, 1992 in Lubbock: Texas 44 Texas Tech 33
Oct. 30, 1993 in Austin: Texas Tech 31 Texas 22
Oct. 29, 1994 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 33 Texas 9
Nov. 4, 1995 in Austin: Texas 48 Texas Tech 7
Nov. 9, 1996 in Lubbock: Texas 38 Texas Tech 32
Nov. 8, 1997 in Austin: Texas Tech 24 Texas 10
Nov. 14, 1998 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 42 Texas 35
Nov. 13, 1999 in Austin: Texas 58 Texas Tech 7
Nov. 4, 2000 in Lubbock: Texas 29 Texas Tech 17
Sept. 29, 2001 in Austin: Texas 42 Texas Tech 7
Nov. 16, 2002 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 42 Texas 38
Nov. 15, 2003 in Austin: Texas 43 Texas Tech 40
Oct. 23, 2004 in Lubbock: Texas 51 Texas Tech 21
Oct. 22, 2005 in Austin: Texas 52 Texas Tech 17
Oct. 28, 2006 in Lubbock: Texas 35 Texas Tech 31
Nov. 10, 2007 in Austin: Texas 59 Texas Tech 43
Nov. 1, 2008 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 39 Texas 33
Sept. 19, 2009 in Austin: Texas 34 Texas Tech 24
Sept.18, 2010 in Lubbock: Texas 24 Texas Tech 14
Nov. 5, 2011 in Austin: Texas 52 Texas Tech 20
Nov. 3, 2012 in Lubbock: Texas 31 Texas Tech 22
Nov. 28, 2013 in Austin: Texas 41 Texas Tech 16
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