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Turnovers plague Red Raiders

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal


In Spike Dykes’ first season as Texas Tech football coach, his team was in Waco to play Baylor on Sept. 26, 1987.

In this game-day cartoon, the Red Raider expected the game to hinge on toughness, but it actually was a matter of generosity. Tech handed over seven turnovers, which led to two touchdowns and two field goals for Baylor, and coach Grant Teaff’s Bears won 36-22.

After an opening game loss to Florida State in 1987, Tech had beaten Colorado State and Lamar and was 2-1 before the Baylor game.

David McWilliams, who coached Tech the previous year before leaving for the greener pastures of Longhorn Land, started off slow in his UT coaching career with two losses. Texas finished the 1987 season with a 7-5 record and a Bluebonnet Bowl victory that turned out to be the last of the 29 games played in the Houston bowl series.

The Razorback’s one-word poem was a classic Dirk West gag, and the cartoonist launched his latest in a series of Waco jokes.

Pro football players were on strike, and Dirk had a little fun with the subject.

The Boo Bird referred to the 1981 strike by 12,000 air traffic controllers. After warning union members they would lose their jobs if they didn’t come back to work within 48 hours, President Ronald Reagan fired the ones who stayed on strike.



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