Monday, October 24, 2011

Congrats to Tech on a Huge Win

I am short on time, but I want to applaud Tech for getting an awesome win on Saturday night. Beating OU anywhere is good, beating them in Norman is fantastic. I hope this gives Tech fans some confidence in Tuberville. I think Tech will ultimately be a better team under Tubs.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

On this day in 2002.......

....RoosterBowl V:  The Shootout

October 5, 2002 was the game at Kyle Field called "The Greatest Game No One Saw" (We called it Cinco de Rooster).  For some reason, there was no TV broadcast of the 2002 matchup between A&M and Tech.  A&M had struggled all season, with an anemic offense, and RC had just dumped another offensive coordinator, putting interim OC Kevin Sumlin at the helm.  Also making his debut was freshman Aggie kicker John Pierson.  Sumlin and Pierson would both have a major impact on the game, but so would diminutive Texas Tech receiver Wes Welker.

The emergence of Kevin Sumlin's "Gulf Coast Offense" was felt quickly.  After a short Tech possession, A&M QB Dustin Long hit Bethel Johnson on the first offensive play of the game for a 73 yard touchdown.  The Aggies would score again quickly to go up 14-0, and led 28-17 at the half.  When the Gulf Coast Offense struck first in the second half, with an 82 yard pass to Jamaar Taylor, A&M was sporting an 18-point lead, and all the momentum, heading into the fourth quarter.  Some Tech fans were heading to the ramps, and even Sugar Shane Weisberg had one foot out the door.  Listening at home in Lubbock, Maurice turned off the radio in disappointment at the certain Tech loss.

Not so fast.....Tech's offense got hot, and scored two quick touchdowns, starting with a 21-yard strike to Welker.  Just like that, the Aggie lead is closed to 4 points.  With 2:48 remaining, the Aggies had to punt, clinging to that 4-point lead.  A deep punt and  some defense would preserve the win, but instead, Wes Welker took the ball at the 12, and went 88 yards down the East sideline for a TD and a 3 point Tech lead.

Now, it was the Red Raiders needing some defense, to preserve their only lead of the day.  However, neither the Wretched Crew nor the Red Carpeteers came to play any defense on this day.  In less than one minute, Dustin Long took the Aggies the length of the field, hitting Stacy Jones for a go-ahead TD, which would give A&M another 4-point lead to protect, with 1:41 to play.  My first thought:  "we left them too much time".  What happened next, no one expected.  Freshman kicker John Pierson had just been elevated to start his first game over veteran Todd Pegram.  Pierson stepped up, and promptly MISSED the PAT, thus leaving A&M with only a 3-point lead.

Tech took the ensuing kick and quickly moved down into field goal range, allowing Robert Treece to kick a game tying 42-yd FG with 0:02 on the clock, sending the game into overtime (Thank you John Pierson).

Getting the ball first in OT, A&M scored a TD quickly, seemingly putting the pressure back onto Tech.  Unbelievably, Pierson proceeded to miss his second consecutive PAT, thus leaving the Aggies with only a 6 point lead.  Four plays later, Kingsbury hit a strutting Nehemiah Glover for a touchdown.  Treece fulfilled his covenant, hitting the extra-point for the OT win (thank you John Pierson).

At the end of the day, Dustin Long and Kliff Kingsbury had thrown 7 and 5 TD passes, respectively.  Wes Welker had 10 catches for 120 yards and 1 TD, 4 rushes for another 41 years, and 6 returns for 166 yards and another TD, for a total all-purpose day of 20 touches for 327 yards and two touchdowns.  John Pierson never wore an Aggie uniform again, and Todd Pegram went on to become a four-year letterman, and the most accurate kicker in Texas A&M history.

Monday, October 03, 2011


"Tech Beauty", September 20, 1963
Fun article on the tech horse mascots, which is a very cool tradition.  I didn't realize that each one had a different name (for some reason I thought they were all named "Midnight Matador"with a roman numeral after, a la Reveille or UGA).  I also didn't realize how many of these horses have been involved in tragic and sometimes fatal accidents.

Sunday, October 02, 2011


A little late, I know, but here are my predictions for this upcoming Tech season.  The first 2 picks were gimmes, so the real ones actually begin this week.

9/3 Central Texas (or whatever they're calling themselves this year...): The $15 Million Fraud has resurfaced in San Marcos!  This is a perfect place for him to settle in because he can just turn his old aggy shirts inside out, and put a Bobcat sticker on them.  Tech wins big at home.

9/10 Bye

9/17 @ New Mesico:  The Land of Landfills is a nice early road match-up for the Red Raiders.  Tech wins on the road 35-7.

9/24 Nevada:  The Pistol Offense does concern me a little bit, but Glasgow's D should be able to contain it in the HUB.  Tech's offense should be able to hang about 42 on the Pack.  Tech big, 45-20.

10/1 @ KU: I'm hoping this is the last time my Raiders have to travel to Big 8 country.  Let's face it: these schools are bottom feeders in the football world, and places like Seattle, Tucson, and Palo Alto should prove to be more fun to travel to every season or so than Aames and Lawrence.  Turner Gill is a real coach, and the 'Hawks will be more tough, but I still have Tech winning 35-21.

10/8 Rooster Bowl XIV - The Final Edition: aggy is pretty good, and should prove to be better than it was in 2009's upset of the Red Raiders.  It's going to be a nasty crowd, and I'm hoping for a prime time kick off.  I see a pretty good game, with both teams slugging it out.  In the end, however, I have Tech winning (surprise..) 41-38 in a classic remiscent of 2002's shoot out.

10/15 @ KState: (see KU comments)  Snyder's back with what should to prove to be a better Wildcat team than he had last year.  He's a great coach who can do quite a bit with not much talent, but Tech is too talented this year.  Tech wins 41-20

10/22 @OU: This is the year it happens.  No score prediction.  

10/29 Iowa State: (see KU comments)  Tech 49-10.  (could be closer if the Cyclones wear those hideous ketchup-red pants)

11/5 @ UT: This is the year it happens.  No score prediction.

11/12 Xerox State: Glad this one's in the HUB this year.  The Cowboys are good, but not as good as advertised.  Holgerson's gone, and this year will prove that the Chipmunk is overrated.  Red Raiders win 35-31.

11/19 @ Mizzou: Tough road game late in the season, but Tech wins a big one 24-14.  Columbia has not been kind to Tech, and this is huge because it's probably the last time the 2 teams plays here.

11/26 Brazos @ Arlington: The Bears are not only pesky, but frisky as well.  Another shootout goes in Tech's favor 45-38.