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Dirk West: Aggies get a monster look

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal



Texas Tech had a big game with Texas coming up the day after this Sept. 27, 1974, cartoon was published, but Dirk West gave it short shrift in favor of a funny idea to draw the Aggie as Frankenstein's monster.

Texas A&M had upset seventh-ranked Louisiana State, 21-14, in Baton Rouge the previous Saturday. The Aggies advanced from 12th to ninth in national rankings and inspired Dirk to portray the Aggie here as the strong and scary monster.

Frankenstein made a memorable impression on Dirk at the age of 5 when his older brother took him to Lubbock's Palace Theater to see the classic Universal Pictures movie with Boris Karloff as the monster. It scared the daylights out of Dirk, who recalled he spent most of the movie on the floor.

The Boo Bird made the only mention in this cartoon of the next day's Texas game, where the Red Raiders would shock the No. 6 Longhorns, 26-3. It was Jim Carlen's fifth and final season coaching Tech and the only victory he had over the Longhorns.

Sophomore quarterback Tommy Duniven connected with flanker Lawrence Williams for three touchdown passes, and the Raiders were ranked 10th in the nation the next week. However, "Fraggiestein" easily beat Tech, 28-7, in College Station two weeks later.

The Baylor Bear is referring to evangelist Billy Graham; Hardy Clemons, the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Lubbock; and Jaroy Weber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lubbock. Baylor won the 1974 Southwest Conference championship, and its only SWC loss was to Texas A&M.


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