Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry

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Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry
First meeting October 27, 1927
Texas A&M 47, Texas Tech 6
Latest meeting October 8, 2011
Texas A&M 45, Texas Tech 40
Statistics
Meetings total 70
All-time series Texas A&M leads, 37–32–1
Largest victory Texas A&M, 47-6 (1927)
Longest win streak Texas A&M, 6 (1927–45)
Texas Tech, 6 (1968–73)
Current win streak Texas A&M, 3

The Texas A&M–Texas Tech football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Texas A&M Aggies football team of Texas A&M University and Texas Tech Red Raiders football team of Texas Tech University. The series began in 1927. The rivalry had continued uninterrupted since 1957 when the two schools became conference rivals.[1] Texas A&M leads the series 37–32–1. Texas A&M started the series with a 12–3 advantage while the two teams played each other as non-conference opponents from 1927–1955. Texas Tech took a 2–1 record during its probationary membership in the Southwest Conference from 1957–59. Texas A&M led the series during the Southwest Conference years (1960–95) with an 18–17–1 record. Texas Tech led the series during the Big 12 Conference years (1996–2011) with a 10–6 record. Both teams are tied with six games each for the longest winning streak. Texas Tech holds the longest uninterrupted winning streak of the series, six games between 1968 and 1973, while Texas A&M has the longest nonconsecutive winning streak, six games in 1927, 1932 and 1942 through 1945. Texas A&M currently holds a three-game winning streak but with their departure from the Big 12 Conference in 2012, it is uncertain if the rivalry will continue in the future.

Venues[edit]

When both Texas A&M and Texas Tech were members of the Southwest Conference (SWC) from 1960 to 1995, and the Big 12 Conference from 1996 to 2011, the match-up was exclusively a home-and-home series in College Station and Lubbock. In all, 29 games were played in Lubbock and 28 in College Station. Both teams held a 3-game home field advantage as the Red Raiders record was 16–13 in Lubbock while the Aggies record in College Station was 15–12–1.

Prior to Texas Tech joining the SWC for football in 1960, 13 games of the rivalry were held at a neutral site in Amarillo, Dallas, and San Antonio. Only one game was held in Amarillo, a 7–0 Texas A&M victory in 1932. From 1943–50, the series was held at second neutral site, Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. Texas A&M held a 6–2 record over Texas Tech at Alamo Stadium. The 1951, 1955, 1958, and 1959 games were held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the series at Fair Park was split 2–2. In the early 2000s, an effort was made to move the series back to the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas but ultimately the rivalry game remained a home-and-home series.

Caption: "Texas A&M came to Lubbock"
Riding Into the Sunset after being vandalized in 1969.

Will Rogers & Soapsuds statue[edit]

One of the most well-known landmarks on the campus of Texas Tech University is the statue of Will Rogers on his horse Soapsuds: Riding Into the Sunset. A campus legend holds that the statue was originally intended to be positioned with Will Rogers facing due west, so that it would appear he was riding into the sunset. However, that position would cause Soapsuds' posterior to face due east, towards downtown Lubbock, Texas, potentially insulting the Lubbock business community. To address this issue, the statue was turned 23 degrees to the east, causing Soapsuds' rear to face in the direction of the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.[2]

The campus legend led to Riding Into the Sunset becoming involved in the rivalry off the field. In 1969, the statue was vandalized after being covered in maroon paint, Texas A&M's primary color, after the Aggies lost to the Red Raiders 13–9.[3] Following the vandalism in 1969, the Saddle Tramps, a Texas Tech student organization, wrap the statue in red crepe paper prior to every home football game.[4] After upsetting the #5 Aggies 21–19 in 1999, Texas Tech students tore down and carried a goal post from Jones Stadium to the base of the statue, they then continued south to 19th street where they took it west before finally leaving it just west of the intersection of Flint Ave and 19th street.[5]

Game results[edit]

Texas A&M victories Texas Tech victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 October 27, 1927 Lubbock Texas A&M 47–6
2 September 24, 1932 Amarillo Texas A&M 7–0
3 October 3, 1942 College Station Texas A&M 19–0
4 October 2, 1943 San Antonio Texas A&M 13–0
5 September 30, 1944 San Antonio Texas A&M 27–14
6 September 29, 1945 San Antonio Texas A&M 16–6
7 September 28, 1946 San Antonio Texas Tech 6–0
8 September 27, 1947 San Antonio Texas A&M 29–7
9 September 25, 1948 San Antonio Texas Tech 20–14
10 September 24, 1949 San Antonio Texas A&M 26–7
11 September 30, 1950 San Antonio Texas A&M 34–13
12 September 29, 1951 Dallas Texas A&M 20–7
13 October 10, 1953 Lubbock Texas A&M 27–14
14 September 18, 1954 College Station Texas Tech 41–9
15 October 6, 1955 Dallas Texas A&M 40–7
16 September 28, 1957 Lubbock Texas A&M 21–0
17 September 20, 1958 Dallas Texas Tech 15–14
18 September 18, 1959 Dallas Texas Tech 20–14
19 September 24, 1960 College Station Tie 14–14
20 October 7, 1961 Lubbock Texas A&M 38–7
21 October 6, 1962 College Station Texas A&M 7–3
22 October 5, 1963 Lubbock Texas Tech 10–0
23 October 3, 1964 College Station Texas Tech 16–12
24 October 2, 1965 Lubbock Texas Tech 20–16
25 October 1, 1966 College Station Texas A&M 35–14
26 October 14, 1967 Lubbock Texas A&M 28–24
27 October 12, 1968 College Station Texas Tech 21–16
28 October 11, 1969 Lubbock Texas Tech 13–9
29 October 10, 1970 College Station Texas Tech 21–7
30 October 9, 1971 Lubbock Texas Tech 28–7
31 October 14, 1972 College Station Texas Tech 17–14
32 October 13, 1973 Lubbock Texas Tech 28–16
33 October 12, 1974 College Station Texas A&M 28–7
34 October 11, 1975 Lubbock Texas A&M 38–9
35 October 9, 1976 College Station Texas Tech 27–16
36 September 24, 1977 Lubbock Texas A&M 33–17
# Date Location Winner Score
37 October 7, 1978 College Station Texas A&M 38–9
38 October 6, 1979 Lubbock Texas Tech 21–20
39 October 4, 1980 College Station Texas A&M 41–21
40 October 3, 1981 Lubbock Texas A&M 24–23
41 October 2, 1982 College Station Texas Tech 24–15
42 October 1, 1983 Lubbock Texas Tech 3–0
43 October 6, 1984 College Station Texas Tech 30–12
44 October 5, 1985 Lubbock Texas A&M 28–27
45 October 4, 1986 College Station Texas A&M 45–8
46 October 3, 1987 Lubbock Texas Tech 27–21
47 October 1, 1988 College Station Texas A&M 50–15
48 October 7, 1989 Lubbock Texas Tech 27–24
49 October 6, 1990 College Station #19 Texas A&M 28–24
50 October 5, 1991 Lubbock #23 Texas A&M 37–14
51 October 3, 1992 College Station #5 Texas A&M 19–17
52 October 2, 1993 Lubbock #14 Texas A&M 31–6
53 October 1, 1994 College Station Texas A&M 23–17
54 October 7, 1995 Lubbock Texas Tech 14–7
55 October 26, 1996 College Station Texas Tech 13–10
56 October 25, 1997 Lubbock Texas Tech 16–13
57 October 24, 1998 College Station #8 Texas A&M 17–10
58 October 2, 1999 Lubbock Texas Tech 21–19
59 September 30, 2000 College Station Texas A&M 33–15
60 November 3, 2001 Lubbock Texas Tech 12–0
61 October 5, 2002 College Station Texas Tech 48–472OT
62 October 4, 2003 Lubbock Texas Tech 59–28
63 November 11, 2004 College Station #23 Texas A&M 32–25OT
64 November 5, 2005 Lubbock #16 Texas Tech 56–17
65 September 30, 2006 College Station #24 Texas Tech 31–27
66 October 13, 2007 Lubbock Texas Tech 35–7
67 October 18, 2008 College Station #5 Texas Tech 43–25
68 October 24, 2009 Lubbock Texas A&M 52–30
69 October 30, 2010 College Station Texas A&M 45–27
70 October 8, 2011 Lubbock #24 Texas A&M 45–40
Series: Texas A&M leads 37–32–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Tech became a probationary member of the Southwest Conference in 1956, but did not obtain full membership and become eligible to be conference champion until 1960.
  2. ^ "Will Rogers & Soapsuds". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. ^ La Ventana. 45. 1970. p. 607. 
  4. ^ http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2011-10-04/texas-tech-will-rogers-and-legend-am#.TpEbt8kk6so
  5. ^ http://lubbockonline.com/stories/101307/loc_101307098.shtml