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Dirk West: Upright aims to buy Cowboys

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal



Dirk West had been drawing Southwest Conference football cartoons for 23 years when he introduced Moss' nutty Uncle Upright in 1987.

He had a great time writing Upright's wacky comments and antics. In 1988, Upright came up with the scheme to buy the Dallas Cowboys, move them to Lubbock and change their name to the Prairie Dawgs.

It began in this Nov. 5, 1988, cartoon, continued over the next two cartoons and even included a team fight song. Upright gave up on the idea when the Cowboys wouldn't set up a payment plan for him.

Texas Tech defeated TCU 23-10 in Fort Worth the day of the cartoon, and the Horned Frog - who usually finished at or near the bottom of the SWC pack - used a nickname Dirk had given TCU coach Jim Wacker.

The big win the Red Raider talked about was a 33-32 home win against Texas a week earlier that had a great fourth-quarter comeback.

Tech had led Texas 15-14 at halftime, but Texas scored 18 unanswered points in the third quarter to go ahead 32-15.

The Red Raiders, led by quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, scored 18 points in the last 121/2 minutes to edge Texas. The thrilling comeback was the first of six wins against the Longhorns that Spike Dykes would enjoy in his 13 years coaching the Red Raiders. It was against David McWilliams, who coached Tech in 1986 and left at the end of the season to take the job at Texas.


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