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Raider band' reflects losses

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal



Dirk West drew Texas Tech's Red Raider mascot hundreds of times, but he never drew him more times in one cartoon than he did in this one.

Texas Tech was 1-2 when this Sept. 24, 1991, cartoon was printed, and each of the six members of the band has two holes in his hat. The bass drum also has two holes in it.

The Red Raider's song introduction illustrated the poor start for Tech's season. The Red Raiders began well enough with a 41-7 victory over California State-Fullerton, but dropped the next two games against Oregon and Wyoming.

It would get worse. Tech opened Southwest Conference play the following weekend by hosting TCU, and the Horned Frogs won 30-16. TCU had not beaten the Red Raiders in Lubbock in 19 years.

Tech lost its next game, also at home, against Texas A&M.

However, the 4-7 prediction of Uncle Upright's computer happily did not come to pass.

Tech settled down and won five of its last six games (losing only to Texas) to finish the season with a 6-5 record.

In a cartoon the previous week, after Texas A&M had beaten Louisiana State 45-7, the Aggie said, "We kisses our semi-purty dates after every score ... My lips are shore chapped ..." Tulsa beat A&M 35-34 on Sept. 21, and Dirk continued the chapped lips joke.

The green bananas comment was about Texas coach (and former Tech coach) David McWilliams, whose Longhorns lost their first two games, against Mississippi State and Auburn.

Texas finished the season at 5-6, and, as Dirk predicted, McWilliams was replaced.


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