In anticipation of the Horns and Red Raiders getting together in Lubbock we go all the way back to forty plus years ago and an epic UT/Tech matchup.
Get ready for four minutes of awesome kids.
Let's get to the Bullets!
- The 1976 Longhorns were the last edition under legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. It was also the only time a Royal team at Texas would finish .500 or worse.
- It's hard to overestimate the influence of Royal on football in the state of Texas. Hell, it's hard to overstate his influence generally. When Texas hired him, he was 17-13 as a head coach at Mississippi State and Washington and never finished higher than fourth in conference.
- In 20 years at UT Royal's Longhorns won three national titles, won or tied for first in the SWC three times and went to 16 bowl games when going to bowls games was an accomplishment.
- Future Texas Tech coaches Spike Dykes, and David McWilliams were on Royal's staff. McWilliams would take the head coaching job at Texas, his alma mat
- Before Robert Hall, Zebby Lethridge, Kliff Kingsbury, Graham Harrell, et al. there was Rodney Allison. Allison threw for over 1,600 yards and ran for over 600 yards, a true dual-threat quarterback for the era.
- Sloan led the Red Raiders to consecutive bowl games in 1976, and '77 and the '76 team came as close to a Cotton Bowl birth as any Tech squad would until they finally broke through in 1995.
- Tech lost an epic to Houston later in 1976 that cost the Red Raiders a conference title and assured the Cougars their first trip to the Cotton Bowl in their first year in the league.
- The Red Raiders ended the season as the 13th ranked team in all the land and lost to Nebraska in the good old Bluebonnet Bowl.
Here are four minutes of awesome. Enjoy. Thanks to ogelpro on YouTube for preserving this special unicorn.