A Look Back.....1967 and Iowa State

JT King's 1967 team found themselves with a young squad and trying to fill the large shoes of All Americans Donny Anderson and offensive guard from Tulia, Phil Tucker. The 1966 season had been a disappointing season, at 4-6-0, but had ended on a high note by knocking off the Cotton Bowl bound Arkansas Razorbacks 21-16.

The '67 season began with the Iowa State Cyclones coming to Lubbock for the first ever showdown between the two teams. John Scovell led the offense most of the day and dominated the Cyclones up and down the field. As Scovell's understudy, Joe Matulich filled in at times and the offense never missed a beat.

Tech's small running back, Mike Leinert, would carry the ground game. The defense held strong all day and got in the act of scoring points as Kevin Ornes took an interception 60 yards for a touchdown. Tech would go on to destroy the Cyclones 52-0 to start the season.

The following week would take the Red Raiders to Austin to try and break the "Texas Jinx" which came from losing all SWC games played against Texas. 66,000 football fans will still remember that day, as Scovell led the Red Raiders in an exciting victory, 19-13. Future All-American kicker, Kenny Vineyard provided the crucial 6 points on 2 field goals to win the game. When the Red Raiders returned home, 7500 fans were awaiting at Lubbock Municipal Airport. In fact, so many fans were there that the plane could not land and had to continue on to Amarillo to wait for the crowd to disperse. Morale was high and folks all over the state were taking note of the tough team from Lubbock.

The Red Raiders would continue through the season with losses to Mississippi State (7-3), Texas A&M (28-24) in a disheartening final play of the game, Florida State (28-12), and TCU (16-0). Tech would also chalk up victories against SMU (21-7), Rice (24-10), Baylor (31-29) and Arkansas (31-27).

The 1967 season ended 6-4, finishing with 2 thrilling victories. The Baylor game would come down to a Kenny Vineyard 37 yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining. The Arkansas game would end up much like the 1966 game. A Tech defensive tackle would intercept a pass and rumble for a touchdown for the second consecutive year, this time by Jimmy Moylan. The young team would chalk 1967's football campaign up as experience against a very tough schedule and stayed home during bowl season. Many believed that the large returning nucleus of players would set 1968 to be a good year for Tech football.

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