History Lives at Texas Tech University

Written By Katherine White

August 26, 2013


Strive for honor evermore. Long live the Matadors!

Filled with only 914 students at the time, Texas Technological College opened its doors in 1925 with just six buildings. Forty plus years later, the State of Texas Legislature moved to rename Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University in September of 1969. It just sounds better don’t you think?

Photo courtesy of Texas Tech

Photo courtesy of Texas Tech.

When you walk through the campus at Texas Tech, there’s history everywhere you turn. Here’s a tip: keep your head up and stay curious. Unless you know where to look, there’s a chance you’ll walk right by a variety of some of our favorite historical spots. Take the Blarney Stone for example or the Double T Bench. Then of course you have some of our favorites like the statue of Will Rogers & Soapsuds, the Goin’ Band from Raiderland or the most spirited guys on campus, the Saddle Tramps.

Will Rogers and Soapsuds

Will Rogers and Soapsuds.

Guns Up with the Saddle Tramps.

Guns Up with the Saddle Tramps.

I’m not going to hide it; I’m biased when I say I love my university. As students we all made lasting memories and some of us, if we were lucky, we were there the year or maybe the moment when history was made. For me, it was when we beat Texas on that fall night in 2008.

We needed a touchdown and Graham Harrell knew who to go to. Michael Crabtree broke free of not one, but two defenders as he cradled the ball and broke free into the end zone, shattering the Longhorns’ dream of getting a shot at the national title.

Everyone has seen this picture. It’s the moment when Crabtree broke Longhorn fans’ hearts all over the world.

Crabtree beats Texas

Crabtree beats Texas in a thrilling game in the fall of 2008.

Now look at this picture. That’s me watching the play through my viewfinder!

Watching on as history was made at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Watching on as history was made at Jones AT&T Stadium.

If you say Texas Tech, chances are someone will bring up that play. It’s a memory that I will never forget and a piece of Texas Tech history that will live on well beyond my days.

Wreck ‘Em Tech!


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