Without going to Austin, fans still can cheer on Red Raiders - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/09

Without going to Austin, fans still can cheer on Red Raiders

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Red Raiders are currently 2-0 and Saturday will be their first game on the road to take on #2 Texas.  Texas Tech hasn't had the best of luck in Austin in years past; they have lost the last five games there. So a little extra spirit is needed and there are plenty of festivities going on here at home.

It's hard to forget last year's game against Texas. "This is my first year here and I wish I was at the game last year so I got to watch it this year," said Texas Tech student Rafael Johnson. 

And as the Red Raiders hit the road for the first time this season many fans are finding ways to cheer them on at home. "Everybody wants to hook 'em horns go up, we like to make them go down," said Triple J Chophouse Owner Joe Keller.

Triple J Chophouse on Buddy Holly Ave will host their annual turning of the horns Friday night.  "We have a bull in the restaurant and we turn the bull upside down and try to get all the fans and everybody fired up about Texas Tech vs. UT weekend," said Keller. 

And speaking of getting fired up, Skooners on 19th and University are holding a very spicy contest during half time. "The challenge is that they have to complete and eat all five wings in ten minutes and then get through a ten minute waiting period," said General Manager Jacyelyn Martinez. 

A sauce that is made from the hottest chilies in the world and only one in 400 people can actually eat them.  "Your mouth just burns for days and it makes you sweat and it makes you shake because it's so hot," said Martinez. 

But no matter where you are on game day, Red Raider fans have the same goal in mind.  "It's going to be a big test for us, because we haven't played really any big opponents yet but I think as long as we go down there and keep our heads screwed on straight they can do it," said Texas Tech student Brandon Rosenbaum.

"I think it will be definitely be close, but I think we will come out on top," said Texas Tech student Kaylee Ripley.

If you are interested in Skooners Demon Wing Challenge, they encourage you to call and make a reservation.  The turning of the horns at Triple J Chophouse will happen Friday night at 7:00 PM.

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