Throwback Thursday: 1985 Texas Tech vs. Texas

We go way back to 1985 and the SWC game of the week between Texas Tech and Texas. Fred Akers was still in the Longhorn fans' good graces and Jerry Moore's time at Tech had just about run out. Enjoy a quarterback dual between Brett Stafford and Billy Joe Tolliver. 


  • In 1980 Jerry Moore parlayed a 6-5 record at North Texas into the head coaching gig at Texas Tech. What followed was a five year run that saw the Red Raiders go 16-37-2. Moore took a few years off before heading to Appalachian State where he won three straight I-AA National Titles. 
  • Tech's quarterbacks were Aaron Keesee and Billy Joe Tolliver. 
  • Keesee transfered to Eastern New Mexico after Tolliver was named starter full time. He's gone on to a coaching career at the high school level with schools like Pilot Point, Mason, and Ballinger.
  • Tolliver ended his Tech career with 38 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. Gunslingin'!
  • Tolliver got a shot at the NFL and caught on as a backup for the Chargers, Falcons, Oilers, and Saints. 
  •  Texas Tech's Timmy Smith was one of the great one hit wonders of the NFL, he set a Super Bowl rushing record with 204 yards for the Redskins in their win over the Broncos. He was later sentenced to 2 and a half years for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover officer. 
  • Tech went 4-7 in 1985. 
  • Texas was led by Fred Akers who in spite of his record, wasn't ever embraced by Longhorn fans. That's what happens when you replaced Darrell Royal but aren't endorsed by Darrell Royal. 
  • Texas got as high at 17th in the AP poll before losing to Texas A&M and Air Force to close out the season. 
  • The great Eric Metcalf was a freshman on the '85 Longhorn team. He was the ultimate multi-tasker/Swiss army knife, returning punts and kicks, catching passes, and carrying the ball. 
  • Metcalf is second among SWC returners in punt return yardage. 
  • Texas quarterback was Brett Stafford from Belton. He rewrote the Texas passing record book with 16 marks in his name. 

Enjoy a little astroturf and passing inefficiency as Texas Tech travels to Austin!

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Posted on May 11, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.