30 Greatest Games in Texas Tech History

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Nov 29, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of the Texas Tech Red Raiders helmet before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 19 – @ Nebraska 2005

In the 19th greatest game in Texas Tech history, the Red Raiders pulled off one of the most improbable victories in program history and ended Nebraska’s 36-year homecoming win streak.

Both teams entered the game undefeated and Nebraska was bent on revenge following a 70-10 loss in Lubbock in 2004.

Texas Tech jumped out to a 21-0 lead only to see it erased by the Cornhuskers who led 31-27 late in the 4th quarter. As Texas Tech was driving for the winning touchdown, quarterback Cody Hodges attempted a pass from the Nebraska 12-yard-line.

The pass was tipped and intercepted by Nebraska defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith. But rather than just going to the ground and securing the win, Smith attempted to run with the ball. When he was tackled, he fumbled and Texas Tech recovered.

Four plays later, on fourth down, Hodges found Joel Filani for the game-winning touchdown to complete one of the most bizarre victories in the history of Texas Tech football.

The win was only the second for Texas Tech over Nebraska and the first time the Red Raiders had won in Lincoln. Texas Tech would go on to have a four-game winning streak against the Cornhuskers, the first football program to achieve such a feat.

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