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9/8/07

Texas Tech Tailgaters: Fans, Food & Fun

Before Saturday's Texas Tech football game against UTEP there was no stopping diehard fans from enjoying fun, food and friends as thousands tailgated before, during and after the game.

"Tailgating with all my friends...just hanging out and getting ready to watch some Tech football," said Matt Thompson, 2004 Tech graduate.

"We drove all the way from Dallas so we're not going to miss this," said diehard fan Aaron Tagle.

"Having friends and family come out and having a good time cooking and enjoying each other's company and just watching the game if we can," said long time fan Craig Hall.

Red Raider fans have spent hours outside the stadium gearing up and Saturday's festivities revolved around food...and lots of it.

"We're doing 45 pounds of brisket. And I think we've got about 35 pounds of sausage," said Hall.

"I can't put 70 rib eyes at one time. And right now I think I'll probably cook about 40 to 45 rib eyes," said Jesse Alejandro.

"We're gonna do some baked beans today," said Jesse Cavazos.

And all of that food won't be wasted...

"I bet today we're going to have about 300 to 400 it just kind of depends," said Tech senior Blake Johnston.

"There'll be in the neighborhood of 200 to 250 people come out here, in and out," said long time Tech supporter Ron Osborn.

Saturday's game has people coming from all over Texas and even across time zones.

"(I came from) Boston, MA to see this game. When did you get into town? I got into town last night. What brought you all the way from Boston to see this game? I wanted to see the air raid and I wanted to see you guy's beat the crap out of U-Tep," said Ryan Allen.

And that's shows some dedication because Ryan isn't even a Red Raider!

"I did not go to Tech. You're just here for moral support? I'm here for moral support. Yeah, I came to visit," said Allen.

But whether you're a visitor or a lifelong fan...

"Everybody has a good time and everybody shares their stuff it's just, you know it's just one big family and have a good time and don't ever have any problems...," said Osborn.

"It's just about having a good time so that's what we plan to do," said Cavazos. 

If you'd like to partake in the Red Raider fan fun, your next chance to do it at home will be on September 29th when the Red Raiders take on Northwestern Louisiana State.

9/8/07
Red Raiders Win Home Opener, 45-31 Against UTEP
The UTEP Miners had the steam in the first half, but the Red Raiders finish up the second half big with four touchdowns and allowing only one UTEP field goal taking the win 45-31 and now moving to 2-0 on the season.

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