Let's go out to the plains of west Texas, just beyond the Caprice and a 1988 showdown between Spike Dykes' Texas Tech Red Raiders and David McWilliams' Horns.
Get me some Caprock Bullets!
- David McWilliams had an interesting run in the state. He played for Darrell Royal's great Texas teams of the early 60s. He then coached under Royal and Fred Akers. He left to take the head coaching job in Lubbock for one season, then he got the call from Austin after Akers was let go.
- Safe to say there was some bad blood in McWilliams first trip to Lubbock since leaving the Red Raiders for the Longhorns.
- Be on the lookout for former Longhorn and Cleveland Browns great Eric Metcalf. Metcalf came to Texas via Virginia and quickly became on of the most explosive players in the SWC.
- After a 7-4 first season, McWilliams 1988 Horns went 4-7. The heat got turnt up quickly, especially after the Horns went 2-5 in league.
- The Horns were a preseason #19 pick in the AP poll, but that all fell apart after an early season loss to BYU 47-6.
- Spike Dykes was in his second season at Lubbock after having coached throughout the Texas High School ranks and a brief stint at Texas in the 70s.
- His first Texas Tech squad went 6-4-1. Yes there were ties in college football kids.
- 1988 didn't start well for the Red Raiders either after an opening loss to North Texas, the Raiders would slide to 1-4. Dykes righted the ship, briefly, with a four game league winning streak but the Red Raiders lost their last two games to Houston and Oklahoma State. The Okie State game was played in Tokyo.
- Texas Tech was led by the great Billy Joe Tolliver and his legit mullet. Tolliver was a gunslinger, throwing for 2,869 yards in 1988 and 20 touchdowns.
- The Red Raiders also boasted the great James Gray, he was a two time 1,000 yard rusher for Tech. Gray is still the career rushing touchdown leader and second in rushing yards in the Tech record book. His son Jonathan had a dominant career at Aledo before signing with Texas.
- San Diego...errr...Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn also played on that '88 Tech team.
Enjoy four minutes of a non-HD college football on a rainy Thursday.