Texas Tech football: Team records that may never be broken

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Malcolm McKenzie #17, Wide Receiver for the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands in the middle of the team huddle (Photo by Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images)

We all love when records are broken but we may never see these Texas Tech football program records eclipsed because they are truly amazing.

Texas Tech football fans have had the pleasure of seeing some truly special players come through the program over the years.  Of course, there’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best wide receiver in Big 12 history, Michael Crabtree, and the greatest undersized linebacker in football history, Zach Thomas.

It’s been an improbable success story for Red Raider football given that the program is one of the younger in all of the FBS.  For context, consider that Tech is the only Big 12 school founded after the start of the 20th century (1923) and it didn’t open its doors until 33 years after the two Oklahoma schools, which are the next two youngest schools in the conference, both founded in 1890.

All-time, the Red Raiders are No. 72 nationally with 571 wins.  That’s 32 more than Kansas State has managed despite the fact that KSU is the third-oldest school in the Big 12, founded in 1863.

Overall, the Tech football program sits 60th of 130 FBS teams with a .553 winning percentage as well as being No. 60 all-time with 141 weeks in the A.P. Poll.  Additionally, Tech has the 48th-most consensus All-Americans of any school with 12.

Along the way, there have been some significant team records established.  Graham Harrell is the all-time leader in career passing yards with 15,793, passing touchdowns (134), career pass attempts (2,062), and career completions (1,403).

Meanwhile, the 2003 season of B.J. Symons will be hard for anyone to top.  In his lone year as a starter, he set program records for yards (5,833), yards per game (448.7), and touchdowns (52, which was an NCAA record at the time and is 4th-most all-time to this day).

A name from the pre-Air Raid era of the program, Rodney Allison, holds the record for yards per completion for his career, 14.9.  Playing from 1974-77 when the forward pass was at best a secondary component of the offense and often felt like a sneak attack, Allison made the most of his 161 career completions.

But given the nature of the game these days, it feels like any of those numbers could eventually be surpassed, especially at Texas Tech where the modern-day spread offense revolution began in the 2000s.   However, the following school records seem untouchable because they are so far beyond even being approached that there’s a great chance that they will remain intact for as long as any of us live.

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