set a school record with 166 punt return yards in 2002 in College Station
Oct. 3, 2011
The Texas Tech and Texas A&M all-time series dates back to 1927, and on Saturday the Red Raiders and Aggies will meet for the 70th time. The rivalry had two matchups between 1927 and 1932 before Tech and A&M played 12 times between 1942-1954, just before Texas Tech joined Texas A&M in the Southwest Conference in 1956. The Red Raiders and Aggies have played every year since while competing against each other in the Southwest Conference (1956-1995) before both schools helped form the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
Now, with the news of Texas A&M moving to the Southeastern Conference in 2012, the Red Raiders and Aggies will play perhaps for the final time as conference foes in Lubbock at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. with the game being televised by FX.
Here is a look back at the Top 10 Moments of the Texas Tech and Texas A&M rivalry.
#10 - September 20, 1958 - Texas Tech 15, No. 20 Texas A&M 14 (College Station, Texas)
The first victory for the Red Raiders over a ranked Aggies squad came in the 1958 season opener in College Station in front of 28,000 fans. Texas Tech defeated No. 20 Texas A&M 15-14 in what was just the second time in series history that the Red Raiders and Aggies faced one another in a season opener.
#9 - September 24, 1960 - Texas Tech 14, Texas A&M 14 (College Station, Texas)
The series has just one tie and that came in 1960 when the Red Raiders and Aggies weren't able to settle the score with a 14-14 tie at Kyle Field in front of 13,000 fans. It marked the 24th tie in Red Raider history. Texas Tech has 32 ties in program history.
#8 - September 18, 1954 - Texas Tech 41, Texas A&M 9 (College Station, Texas)
In the first-ever season opening meeting between Texas Tech and Texas A&M the Red Raiders left College Station with their first win over A&M on the road with a 41-9 victory in front of 16,500 fans. It marked the fifth matchup all-time between Tech and A&M in College Station. In addition, also in that game, Texas Tech tied a school record allowing zero passing yards to the Aggies, a mark that has happened only four times in school history. The Red Raiders finished the season with a 7-2-1 overall record.
#7 - Set of Streaks
The Red Raiders had their way with the Aggies between 1968 and 1973 with six consecutive victories (three at home/three on the road). This marks the longest winning streak for the Red Raiders since the rivalry began in 1927. The Aggies also have a six-game win streak when the two teams met just six times between 1927-1945. The second unforgettable win streak for Tech is when the Red Raiders won seven straight over the Aggies in Lubbock from 1995 to 2007. The average score during that 12-year span of games in Lubbock was 30-13.
#6 - September 28, 1946 - Texas Tech 6, Texas A&M 0 (San Antonio, Texas)
The first victory for Texas Tech in the all-time series was a 6-0 shutout over Texas A&M in a game played in San Antonio in 1946 in front of 23,000 fans. The Red Raiders finished the 1946 season with an 8-3 record.
#5 - September 30, 2006 - No. 24 Texas Tech 31, Texas A&M 27 (College Station, Texas)
With Texas A&M holding a 27-24 lead and eating the clock late in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech still had one last comeback left in them. Yet, to start out the game, the Red Raiders were the ones with a 24-14 lead at halftime in front of the crowd of 85,979 fans at Kyle Field. With 26 seconds remaining, Tech QB Graham Harrell found Robert Johnson for a 37-yard, acrobatic touchdown catch in the front corner of the end zone with 26 seconds left to play while capping an eight play, 80 yard drive to give the Red Raiders a 31-27 victory.
#4 - October 1, 1983 - Texas A&M 0, Texas Tech 3 (Lubbock, Texas)
Obviously the lowest scoring game in the all-time series went the way of the Red Raiders as a lone field goal gave Tech the 3-0 win over the Aggies at Jones Stadium in front of 52,109 fans. The shutout victory marked the first for the Red Raiders over the Aggies in 20 years (10-0, Oct. 5, 1963).
#3 - November 3, 2001 - Texas A&M 0, Texas Tech 12 (Lubbock, Texas)
The Red Raiders used their top defensive effort in a number of years to hand the Aggies their first shutout in over two seasons in front of 52,649 fans at Jones Stadium. Tech's blanking against its rival marked the first over A&M since 1983, a span of 18 years. Tech running back Ricky Williams scored the game's only touchdown to push the Red Raiders lead to 12-0 in the fourth quarter with two minutes remaining. Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury passed for 303 yards on 38-of-46 passing while Red Raider great Wes Welker tied a Tech sophomore school record with 11 catches for 64 yards.
#2 - October 7, 1995 - No. 8 Texas A&M 7, Texas Tech 14 (Lubbock, Texas)
On its way to a nine-win season and Copper Bowl victory over Air Force in 1995, Texas Tech used an interception return for a touchdown from All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Zach Thomas in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 8 Texas A&M 14-7 in front of a sellout crowd of 51,205 fans at Jones Stadium. The interception came with 30 seconds remaining in regulation while Thomas took it the other way for 23 yards to secure the win while stepping in front of the pass coming from A&M quarterback Corey Pullig. The loss snapped the Aggies 29-game win streak in Southwest Conference play. The win for the Red Raiders started a streak of eight wins over the next nine games. The game marked the final meeting between the Red Raiders and Aggies in the Southwest Conference as both programs entered the Big 12 Conference the following season. The victory was also significant because it marked Tech head coach Spike Dykes' first as head coach over a top-10 ranked team. It also marked Tech's first win over a top-10 ranked team since 1986 and ended a drought of 17 years since Tech had defeated a top-10 ranked team at home.
#1 - October 5, 2002 - Texas Tech 48, No. 23 Texas A&M 47 (OT) (College Station, Texas)
In what is remembered as "The Greatest Game Nobody Saw," Texas Tech went into Kyle Field and came away with one of the most memorable victories in school history with a 48-47 overtime win in front of 86,478 fans. Stellar contributions by quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and receiver/return man Wes Welker along with clutch kicking from Robert Treece gave Tech the win while at one time trailing by 18 points (35-17, 3rd quarter). Tech's fourth quarter comeback started when Kingsbury and Welker connected for a 21-yard touchdown to make the score 35-23. Another Kingsbury touchdown pass, this time to Taurean Henderson for 15 yards, brought the Red Raiders within five points, 35-30. Welker, who set a school record in the game with 166 punt-return yards (still a Tech record), gave the Red Raiders the lead with a then-school record 88-yard punt return for a touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, Tech held a narrow 38-35 lead with 2:48 remaining. The Aggies needed only a minute and eight seconds of the game clock to regain the lead, but this is when the game really changed. Texas A&M place kicker John Pierson missed the extra-point, leaving A&M with just a three-point lead, 41-38, with 1:40 left to play. Tech took advantage and sent the game to overtime with a 42-yard field goal from Treece with just two seconds left in regulation. The Aggies struck first in overtime to take a 47-41 lead, but once again a Pierson extra-point went off the mark to leave the Red Raiders trailing by just six points for their upcoming possession. Texas Tech pulled off the miraculous victory with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kingsbury to Nehemiah Glover before Treece sealed the deal with the extra-point giving the Red Raiders the 48-47 win. Kingsbury set a then-Texas Tech school record with 474 yards on 49-of-59 passing. Welker caught 10 passes for 120 receiving yards.