Red Raider Outfitter General Manager Stephanie Hartwig
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
It began Friday morning with a wake-up call for Raiderville as horns sounded the beginning of the day.
They've been camped out since Monday in an effort to get tickets, which they finally received at 5 p.m. Thirty minutes later, tailgaters started rolling in and setting up around the Texas Tech campus, eager to see the Red Raiders get another victory against the University of Texas Longhorns.
"I think we're going to kill them," said Red Raider Outfitter General Manager Stephanie Hartwig.
Her location on Broadway has already seen record business and they still have game day to add to that total. As an alumni, Stephanie says she lives for this game.
"Every second I can yell Raider Power, I enjoy it. We even had people yelling Raider Power in the store here," she said.
She said Texas is full of themselves and it's up to the Red Raiders to bring them back down to earth.
"I think we're just looking to put them back in their place and show them what Tech is all about," Hartwig said.
The Deguchi family has made rooting for the Red Raiders a family tradition. Grant Deguchi graduated last May and his younger brother is going to graduate this year. Grant loves the rivalry game.
"I think having Texas come to town - it brings everybody out. Everyone wants to beat Texas, so the student body's going to be fired up tomorrow. I'll be fired up tomorrow. I can't wait," Grant said.
Grant wants Texas Tech to get the national recognition he says they deserve.
"We feel, hey we're a big public university in the state of Texas... It's a big celebration of the state and Texas and football. Two great teams are going at it tomorrow and I can't wait," he said.