Jones Stadium: A house of horrors for ranked visitors

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Sep 13, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; A general view of the Jones AT&T Stadium against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas – 1968

On September 28th, 1968 the Texas Longhorns came into Jones Stadium ranked 6th in the country. Little did they know the terror awaiting them out on the dusty plains of West Texas where national rankings go to die.

Like a hungry werewolf, Texas Tech pounced on the Horns 21-0 by halftime. Like a helpless sorority girl fleeing from a chainsaw-wielding mad man, Texas attempted to fight for its life by scoring 22 points in the third quarter drawing to within 28-22.

But eventually, the cries of Longhorns were silenced inside the Jones Stadium walls and Texas Tech sent Texas home bloody and disfigured by means of a 31-22 Texas Tech win.

Texas would not lose again that season meaning that its trip to Jones Stadium cost it a shot at a national title. And late at night, when the wind blew through the 40 Acres in Austin, the 1968 Longhorns could hear the psychotic screams of their dead dreams, which were left rotting in the west Texas dirt.

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