Throwback Thursday: The 1970 Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech vs. Texas Tech

Throwback Thursday takes us way back to 1970 and a Sun Bowl matchup between the Ramblin' Wreck and the Red Raiders. The glory of the early 70's is on full display in this one. 

Give us Techie Bullets:

- Tech was coached by Bud Carson. Never heard of Bud Carson? He was responsible for coordinating a little defense in the NFL known as the "Steel Curtain" in Pittsburgh. 

- Before Carson coached perhaps the most talented defensive unit to walk the planet, he was the head coach at Georgia Tech where he went 27-27. 

- 1970 was Carson's best season at Tech, the Yellowjackets went 9-3 as an Independent. There were a lot of Independents back in the 1970's and 80's, including West Texas State, now known at West Texas A&M and Houston. 

- Georgia Tech's quarterback Eddie McAshan recorded the rare 9 touchdown to 21 interception season. 

- Texas Tech was coached by Jim Carlen. Carlen came to Tech after a 10-1 season at West Virginia. Carlen took Tech to three straight bowls in an era where going to bowl games was a big deal. Carlen left to take over the job at South Carolina. 

- Tech fullback Doug McCutchen led the SWC in rushing in 1970 with 1,068 yards. McCutchen was Texas Tech's first ever 1,000 yard rusher. 

- McCutchen was recruited out of high school by Tech assistant Grant Teaff, the legendary Baylor coach. After his Tech career he would go into coaching, eventually becoming the head coach at Midland where, in 1988, his Bulldogs would be involved in the most famous coin flip in Texas history. You'll need to read Friday Night Lights to get the full story, and shame on you for not having already done so. McCutchen's Midland Bulldogs, Midland Lee, and Odessa Permian ended the season in a three way tie, to settle the matter, the district arranged for the three coaches to meet at truck stop to flip a coin to determine who advanced to the playoff. McCutchen's luck didn't pan out that night. The toss was broadcast via the radio around the state. There's great article on the toss here

- Texas Tech finished the season 8-4 with losses to Texas, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech. 

Enjoy some groovy goodness.

Posted on November 17, 2016 and filed under Texas Tech.