30 Greatest Games in Texas Tech History

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Aug 30, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleader during the game against the Central Arkansas Bears at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 24 – vs. Texas 1955

Another landmark victory over the Longhorns ranks as the No. 24 greatest game in Texas Tech history. After losing its first seven contests against the Longhorns, Texas Tech finally broke through with a victory in the rivalry with a 20-14 win in Austin in 1955.

Holding a 13-0 lead heading into the 4th quarter, Texas Tech had to hold off Texas in a back-and-forth final frame.

With 6:55 to play, Texas cut the lead to 13-7 with a 3-yard touchdown run by Walter Fondren. Needing to at least run significant time off of the clock, Texas Tech was able to do more than that scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard plunge by Ronnie Herr with only 2:40 left on the clock.

Texas would score a garbage-time touchdown to make the final margin 6 points. This win was significant for the Texas Tech program for a number of reasons.

The 1955 team was the 30th anniversary team for Texas Tech and in 1956 the Red Raiders would leave the Border Conference to join the Southwest Conference. Beating Texas the year prior to stepping up in competition to compete in the SWC, Texas Tech sent a message to its new conference foes that it was a formidable foe worthy of its inclusion in the SWC.

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