LUBBOCK, TX – Texas Tech football fans can display an artistic representation of last season's college football play of the year as preserved by artist Daniel A. Moore. The Graham Harrell-to-Michael Crabtree catch will go down in history as one of the greatest plays in college football.
Sudden Victory, an original oil painting by the renowned sports artist and presented to Texas Tech during the Oklahoma football game Saturday, captures the action, emotion and excitement of the 2008 game against Texas, which was recognized as college football's game of the year by the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. The university will receive a full-size canvas replica of the painting and a $5,000 check.
The Red Raider Club has secured the rights to publish Sudden Victory as fine art limited edition prints. The RRC will offer three categories of art prints, starting at $150 each. Two categories of prints will be personally signed by head coach Mike Leach. Prints ordered prior to December 8 will be guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
"We are very blessed to have such dedicated and enthusiastic fans," Red Raider Club Director Steve Uryasz said. "There is no doubt in my mind they played a huge role in that historic win. We are extremely excited about offering the official print of the College Football Game of the Year Award, because it will allow our fans, who showed tremendous support for the Red Raiders throughout the 2008 season, the opportunity to share in this prestigious award. At the same time, it will help the RRC in raising critical financial support for Texas Tech."
Moore describes his painting of Sudden Victory as a "diptych," a work of art of art with two panels. "I have utilized this format a few times in the past, when the subject matter involved a 'one-two' punch," he said. "Here, it is fitting because you have both a great pass and a great catch. This connotes a concept of 'one...two...victory,' hence, Sudden Victory. This is in harmony with the positive life message that I intend to convey through this painting, which is simply, Never give up! In the left panel, I have included players, standing behind Coach Leach on the sideline, wearing numbers '30-something' and number 33. This treatment represents the score of the game as it is visually in the process of changing to 39-33."
More information on the Red Raider Club's print offering can be found by (clicking here). Pre-publication orders may be placed at special discounted prices by calling (800) 606-8655.