It is an item of faith among Texas Tech football fans that the Texas Longhorns have some sort of hex working against the Red Raiders. What the younger fans may not realize, however, is that the Arkansas Razorbacks have an even stronger juju than the Longhorns. Hence, while Tech’s winning percentage against the Austinites is a meager 23, against the Hogs it is a pitiful 19.
That’s right, Arkansas has bested Texas Tech 29 times while losing to the Red Raiders only seven times in a series that dates to 1957 and was played consecutively every season from that year through 1991 when the Razorbacks scrammed from the Southwest to the Southeast conference.
Tech lost the first nine games of the series. In those nine games, Tech was shut out thrice and scored in single digits three more times. From 1958 through 1962 Tech’s average point total was four. In the four games of 1961 through 1964, the Red Raiders failed to score in three. Tech has been shut out seven times (24 percent of the games) in the series, but has never shut out Arkansas. The last shutout came in a 31-0 loss in 1987.
The Red Raiders have defeated Arkansas consecutively twice, in 1966 and 1967, and in 1990 and 1991. The latter pairing was the two final meetings between the schools as members of the Southwest Conference.
Interestingly enough five of Tech’s seven wins over the Hogs have come on the road. Perhaps this is an augury.
The largest margin of victory came in 1978 when Arkansas ripped Tech 49-7 in The Hills. Just the previous week the Red Raiders had upset undefeated and No. 5 Houston 22-21.
Tech’s largest margin of victory came in 1976 when the soon-to-be SWC co-champs and Bluebonnet Bowl-bound Red Raiders strapped it on the Hogs 30-7.
The lowest point total in series history occurred in 1971 when Arkansas blanked Tech 15-0. The highest came in 1990 when the Red Raiders held on to a 49-44 decision on the road.
From Tech’s standpoint the most momentous game of the series transpired in 1966. In a game held in Lubbock, the 3-6 Red Raiders prevailed over the No. 6 Razorbacks 21-16.
Previously that season Arkansas had already beaten six top 10 teams, and their defense had allowed only 45 total points on the season. The Hogs were a 21-point favorite going into the game, which today would equal approximately a 42-point spread. There were very good reasons why the Associated Press billed this game the Upset of the Decade in college football.