30 Greatest Games in Texas Tech History

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Sep 5, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleader shows her support for the Red Raiders during the game with the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 – 1973 Gator Bowl vs. Tennessee

Arguably the best team in school history, the 1973 Red Raiders capped off an 11-1 season with a victory over Tennessee in the Gator Bowl in the 17th greatest game in Texas Tech history.

Nineteen years after the Masked Rider first led the Red Raiders onto the field at the 1954 Gator Bowl; Texas Tech returned ranked 11th in the country to face the Tennessee Volunteers.

Texas Tech senior quarterback Joe Barnes began the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run to put Tech up 7-0. Barnes would then hit Lawrence Williams on a 79-yard touchdown pass to put Tech up 14-0.

Barnes would finish the game 8-11 passing for 154 yards two touchdown passes.   He also ran 16 times for 73 yards.

The 28-19 win capped what was the best season to date in Texas Tech football.

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