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Playing Red Raiders in Lubbock never an easy task for the Longhorns
The South Plains + the day after Halloween + a night game = a major challenge for Texas.
Throw out the records, throw out the statistics.
When the Texas Longhorns travel to Lubbock to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders, it's never an easy task, especially at night.
Especially the day after Halloween.
Remember the last time that the Longhorns traveled to the Llano Estacado to face off against the Red Raiders for a night game?
Perhaps this might refresh your memory.
Apologies for activating your PTSD, but that's exactly the type of thing that happens in Lubbbock at night.
There are other weird things that happen on the South Plains, too. Like students, um, awkwardly ringing the bell that they have on the sidelines for some reason.
Now, these two teams will face off with a losing record, in stark contrast to that fateful game in 2008, but it doesn't remove the fact that while the Longhorns have lost in Lubbock twice in the last 12 years with one other close call.
The 12 years may seem like an arbitrary number, but the game in 2002 came during my freshman year and represented my first experience with the vortex known as Lubbock. Texas came in ranked in the top five of both of the polls against an unranked Texas Tech team led by none other than current head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who ended up throwing for 473 yards and six touchdowns in the 42-38 upset.
Perhaps most inexcusably, the Longhorns were out-rushed by the pass-happy Red Raiders and gave up 251 yards to Texas Tech all-purpose star Wes Welker. But the crucial play was an interception thrown by Texas quarterback Chris Simms with just over five minutes left that sealed the win for the home team.
The 2006 game was at night just before Halloween and marked something of a homecoming for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. Once again, the Horns were highly ranked and going against an unranked Red Raider squad, but played a sloppy game in fumbling five times, including two by running back Jamaal Charles, and faced a 21-0 deficit early in the game.
Texas surged back in the second quarter behind three touchdown passes from McCoy and the defense started to harass Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell in the second half. Clinging to the 35-31 lead, the Horns held on two late fourth downs to preserve the win.
And, of course, the 2008 game needs no further introduction.
This Texas team isn't nearly as talented as the teams that lost and struggled in Lubbock when heavily favored -- meaning that anything could happen on Saturday.
Daily Round Up: Rebuild Reality Sucks
Disclaimer: Before you proceed, just remember that none of the links are vetted and you may be reading something written by a 13-year-old, a so-called sports journalist or Clay Travis (is there really any difference between those options?). Read at your own peril.
Tyrone Swoopes and John Harris talk chemistry.
Rebuild reality hits Texas and Tech. [ESPN]
Here are some stats you might actually care about. [ESPN]
Give Strong a few years and everyone will be pleased with the results. [247 Texas] he will be just fine. [247 Texas]
The Boy Toy thinks we are rivals. [Dallas Morning News]
If someone calls, Mack Brown will listen. [NBC Sports]
The Big 12 Commish does not care for the LHN. [247 Texas]
A lifetime Longhorn is suing the NCAA. [Dallas Morning News]
The conference has no plans to expand. [Dallas Morning News]
What is wrong with the Land Thieves? [NewsOK]
Is Tech wrecked? [247 Texas]
How did Jimbo Fisher become the most hated coach in America? [Yahoo Sports]
A stats nerd puts out his rankings and an SEC team isn't in the top spot. [Bleacher Report]
Garrett Gilbert is looking for a new NFL team. [Dallas Morning News]
Everyone's favorite helicopter dad and ESPN analyst Craig James is selling his home in Celina. [Realtor]
The Agricultural and Mechanical Department
ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY; AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT. The legislature shall as soon as practicable establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a University of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, and styled, "The University of Texas," for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, including an Agricultural, and Mechanical department. - Texas Constitution
Aggies go back to 1939. [@AggieFootball]