Monday, November 3, 2008

Texas-Texas Tech: The Aftermath

Graham Harrell to Michael Crabtree on a "back shoulder" play with only seconds remaining, down 33-32 to the number one team in the nation. Colt McCoy had his Heisman moment in driving his team down field for what was thought to be the game-winning score.

But the Red Raiders' collective will, Harrell's arm and Crabtree's brute strength wouldn't allow it.

Just how you dreamt it, right Michael?

One minute and 29 seconds is all Harrell and his offense had to win the game. One minute and 28 seconds was all they needed.

And just like that, one second shook up the national title race, the Heisman race and the perception of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football program.

Crabtree ripped away from defensive back Curtis Brown, and with it, he ripped away the Longhorns' undefeated season.

As a result, the Red Raiders jumped to number two in the BCS standings, ahead of idle (undefeated) Penn State. Texas dropped to fourth, but no longer controlling their own destiny. McCoy slipped up in the Heisman race he once dominated, and Harrell took the reigns for the time being.

While all of this can change in the weeks to come, there is one result from Saturday's showdown that is for sure: Texas Tech legitimized itself in the eyes of the college football world. What was once thought to be a gimmicky offense designed by Mike Leach is now considered a real threat in the best conference this season.

Texas Tech won a game against the AP number one team for the first time in the program's history, improving to 1-7 all-time.

While the Red Raiders' seat near the top of the polls might be short lived (they host Oklahoma State this weekend and visit Oklahoma two weeks later), the newfound respect for Mike Leach and his program will not be.

We here at 4th and Fail salute you Texas Tech, for making this college football season that much more entertaining.

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