30 Greatest Games in Texas Tech History

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Sep 5, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; The Texas Tech Red Raiders tractor-trailer sits outside Jones AT&T Stadium prior to the game against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 – vs. Texas 1976

The 1976 Red Raiders captured the program’s first Southwest Conference title (shared with Houston) thanks in large part to the ninth greatest game in Texas Tech history, a dramatic 31-28 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

In a reversal of the usual order of the rivalry, Texas Tech entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 6 in the nation while Texas was off to a disappointing 3-1-1 start.

Texas expanded on a 14-10 halftime lead with a third quarter touchdown to take an 11-point lead. But Texas Tech would answer with 14 consecutive points to surge ahead.

Texas would regain the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run to jump in front 28-24 in the middle of the 4th quarter.

But Texas Tech had time for one more drive.  On the game-winning drive, Tech quarterback Rodney Allison scrambled for 22 yards on a critical 3rd and 7.

Billy Taylor would score from the 1-yard-line to put Texas Tech up 31-28 and defensive coordinator Bill Parcell’s defense was able to close out the game.

Texas Tech would finish the regular season 10-1 (7-1) in the conference but would fall by three points to Nebraska 27-24 in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Still, the 1976 season remains one of the best in Texas Tech football history.

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