Red Raider Fans Gear Up for Saturday's Big Game - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/03

Red Raider Fans Gear Up for Saturday's Big Game

Kickoff for Texas Tech's second game of the season is less than 24 hours away... and fans all over town are gearing up for another football weekend. The New Mexico Lobos are coming to town and Tech is picked to win, but not without the support of thousands of Red Raider fans.

About 45,000 fans came out to support the Red Raiders home opener last weekend, which was one of the biggest opening crowds in Tech's history, and school wasn't even in session. This week students are back, and the ones we found, young and old, are fired up about the big game.

Spirits were high at the first Rowdy Raider Rally of the season. Fans of all ages came out decked in red and black with their guns up. "I'm pretty psyched about it, this is only my second game here so I'm ready for it", Ben Shepherd, a TTU Freshman said.

"I think everybody is excited about our quarterback because our offense was so explosive last year and with the quarterback to come in and put some wins on the table, that's exciting for me and I hope for everybody out there", Adam Lampe, a TTU Senior said.

Signs of spirit could be spotted all over campus and even across town. We caught up with some of the 1953 Texas Tech Gator Bowl Champions, who say the Red Raider spirit gets in your blood.

"It was the best time I ever had in my life", Bobby Cavazos, a 1953 Gator Bowl player said.

"What I liked the most about it is that people cared, even the coaches cared", John Thompson, a 1953 Gator Bowl player said.

These teammates spent the afternoon reminiscing on a season they'll never forget...telling tall tales...

"I was fast, I was quick", Cavazos said.

...and catching up the good old days...

"It was a unique team, we didn't have any superstars so to speak, we were a team. With more speed, more desires, more unity, more energy than any other team I ever associated with", Vic Spooner, a 1953 Gator Bowl player said.

In their day, there were no face masks and no breaks, it was 60 minute football. One hour of team work.

"If I've had any success in life, I'm a farmer now and I can attribute it to the success I had here and the confidence I gained here", Spooner said.

While they admit their memories are not as clear as they used to be, these players remember being the best...and have been dedicated Red Raider fans ever since.

The Gator Bowl team will be recognized in a special ceremony at half time during tomorrow's game, and they can't wait.

So iron out your best red and black outfit because after tomorrow night, the Red Raiders don't play at home again until October.

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