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Lubbock burns to the ground

Posted on: November 2, 2008 12:28 am
Edited on: November 2, 2008 12:30 am

Is it possible to clinch the Heisman and the No. 1 ranking in the same play?

Michael Crabtree might have done it Saturday night.

The nation's best receiver just might have made Texas Tech the nation's best team. We won't know for sure until Sunday but the Red Raiders made their case for becoming the nation's newest No. 1 with an improbable 39-33 victory over Texas. The Longhorns simply left too much time on the clock after Graham Harrell hit Crabtree for the winning score from 28 yards out with one second left.

"I dreamt it the same way," Crabtree said. "I dreamt it in my head."

It was a dream Texas Tech thought it could never dream. The school's first victory over a No. 1 was the 500th in its history. The field was stormed twice times before the game was officially over. There's probably not a car that will be safe for the marauding hoardes in Lubbock. Turn it over, light it. Hey, it's your night Texas Tech.

Crabtree should shoot to the top of everyone's Heisman list. There's not a receiver in the country who could have caught that last ball in traffic, stayed in bounds and scored. Crabtree was last year's Biletnikoff Award winner (best receiver) but this performance made him the best player in the country. The best receiver for the best passing offense for the team that just beat No. 1. Why not?

"They tried man (coverage)," Harrell said of the last play. "Ain't a guy in the country who can man up Crab.

"He's the best player in the country, no doubt. Best receiver"

Harrell should be just a tick behind in the Heisman race. This legitmizes everything Mike Leach has done in his nine years. His run-and-shoot, spread, gimmick offense is as legitimate as Woody Hayes' three yards and a cloud of dust.

The eyes of the nation will continue to be locked on Lubbock. Oklahoma State comes calling next week. The Cowboys, losers to Texas last week, are suddenly back in the Big 12 and national championship race. So is No. 4 Oklahoma.

Here's a guess at how the top five in BCS standings will look on Sunday.

1. Alabama

2. Texas Tech

3. Penn State

4. Oklahoma

5. Texas

Other than Texas Tech, the biggest winner Saturday was Oklahoma. If it can win out and either Alabama or Texas lose, it has a chance to play for the national championship. With possibly three teams in the top five of the BCS it brings up another scenario -- a three-way tie for the Big 12 South. In that case, the team that is ranked the highest in the BCS would play for the conference championship.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2008 9:51 am

Lubbock burns to the ground

I find it very hard to believe that any UT fan would say anything about officials help on calls without holding back a huge laugh or trying to hide a little amnesia. Having watched the last 25 or so UT/TTU games we are all familiar with the frequent routine -UT gets every call, every bounce, every bit of luck - until this year's game where they finally had a little bit of bad luck. Man, you freaking can't win every damn thing in your UT world. At the very least, applaud some competition in the state. It is good for the state of Texas, where West and East Texas are always pushed aside.  

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 4:57 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

hookem9081, jumping, not falling, and then laying on a player IS holding. It is a rule. The refs didn't lose this game for texas, their fatigue and difficult 4 weeks left them too tired to compete with a ready to play Tech. Cosby was hurt, others beat up, and Tech did completely control the 1st half. Texas came out and gave it their all the second half, came back and put themselves in a spot to win. BUt don't let a kickoff get returned deep, drop an interception by your db, and then say it was all the refs fault.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 4:47 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

You forgot to put Bama in there on your "should be" list. They, like USC and Penn State, haven't played much. That Georgia win is not as impressive as it was. You also comment on the USC loss to Oregon, but what about Florida's loss to that so awesome Ole Miss team. They are looking awesome though. Man a playoff would be awesome. And for a t-sip, you are at least thinking and not automatically putting t.u. right behind Tech. But, if you make the arguement for Florida, you also have to make it for Oklahoma. The way they are playing right now I think they would beat Texas. If Oklahoma beats Tech, they will and should jump back ahead of Texas. Unless that happens, I'll go along with t.u. higher for now.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 3:50 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

Hello Mr. Reputation!  You were probably one of the guys last week who said Tech is overrated because they have not played anyone.  Well, maybe we are still overrated because we have still not played anyone.  I mean, Colt McCoy didnt even look like a quarterback.  Shipley needed a block in the back in order to return his touchdown.  The best recruits in the nation could only come up with 6 points in the first half.  Maybe Texas was a nobody?  In addition, Texas fans are very sore losers.  From the celebrity sideliners to the boot wearing cowboy wanna-be students, all they way to some of the coaching staff.  Texas coaches were mocking the student section last night while Texas was making what they thought was the game winning drive.  They mocked the student section, very professional, especially for not being a rivalry game as you insist.  Well, the best recruits in the nation had all of their NATIONAL TITLE HOPES SHATTERED IN LUBBOCK TEXAS.  THEY ARE SHATTERED MY FRIENDS.  NO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!  It kinda makes the latest Texas Monthly magazine cover (Longhorns Inc.) seem like a waste of paper doesnt it.  If Colt McCoy is still in the Hiesman race after last night, it is because the was still able to walk after 5 sacks and the most pressure he has ever faced in a single game.  The people of Lubbock would like to thank you for visiting. 






Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 1:41 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

Interesting theory from the previous post?  That Texas Tech was the team who required help from the officials...

I suppose that it is all in the eye of the beholder, but I recall:

1.  Officials pick up the flag on what appeared to me to be a classic block in the back on Shipley's momentum-shifting punt return for a touchdown.

2.  Texas Tech has 1st or 2nd and goal deep in Texas territory, I think somewhere near the 8 yard line.  Crabtree and the Texas defender exchange shoves, Crabtree breaks right and the Texas defender falls down of his own accord.  On a pass that was high and outside, the officials call OFFENSIVE pass interference, backing the Raiders up significantly and forcing to them settle for another field goal.

Perhaps the author of the previous post could specify how the officials came to the aid of Texas Tech.  As a diehard Texas Tech fan from the class of 2004 (one of those who remembers the last time Tech beat Texas with a third-year starter at the helm), I believe I am simply too biased to make any objective assessment.

Wreck 'em, Tech!

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2008 1:03 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

Great game TT!

But the downside is that if Penn State wins out (highly likely)  we probably will be subjected to another Big-10 "Champion" getting its ass handed to it by a clearly superior team (Fla, UT, TT, OU, Bama, USC, take your pick) in the Nat. Champ. game.  What a bummer.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2008 12:26 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

Burn to the ground?  What would that be?  There isn't a tree within a hundred miles of Lubbock.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2008 12:08 pm

Lubbock burns to the ground

Isn't it just like Longhorn fans to find every excuse why they got their tails kicked and sent back to Austin sulking? I think they are too big for their britches and just need to come back to earth. Hello, we dominated your team the entire game. The play that I will never forget is the pass to Crabtree, the look on McCoy and Mack Brown's face and the final score. There was never any doubt we could beat them.  I remember reading posts from longhorn fans making fun of Leach's decision to go for it on 4th down and what did Mack do? Went for it.


And you longhorns need to get over yourself and just suck it up that Texas Tech (regardless how you trashtalk our team) have the better team today and tomorrow. You just lost a trip to the NC.


Go Raiders. What a game!!

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2008 11:49 am

Lubbock burns to the ground

Well I was totally agreeing with you until you left out Alabama in the second set of rankings.   Alabama has earned the Number 1 spot this year if for no other reason, they have been able to stay undefeated while being in the top 3 and no other team has. 

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 11:45 am

Lubbock burns to the ground

OU doesn't need TX to lose again.  OU needs ta three-way tie Big XII South and to win out against aggie cubed:  aTm, TT, and oSu and the SOONERS are in the Big XII CCG. 

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