Tech Fans Show Support For Red Raiders - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/08

Tech Fans Show Support For Red Raiders

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Game excitement has been building for weeks, but early Saturday morning, fans lined up at the TTU Engineering Key for a brand new experience. ESPN's College Game Day, broadcast from the TTU Campus for the first time, ever.  

Thousands of Tech fans showed up bright and early for the show to show their support for the Red Raider Football Team.  "It's crazy. There's people everywhere there's tents everywhere," Wesley Jones said. 

"Insane. There's Raider spirit, definitely," Amanda Jurries said.  A sea of red and black surrounded the stage as ESPN College Game Day broadcast live from Lubbock for the first time in Texas Tech History, and the Red Raider fans left their mark.  "This is the most and best signs we've ever had. Most creative signs. It was really, the intensity here about football is very good," Lee Corso with College Game Day said. 

Ruth and Tom Johnson were among the fans that woke up early to go to Game Day.  "It's the place to be.  I mean, there's just so much going on. It's exciting, it's fun, weather's great," Ruth said.  It might surprise you that the Johnson's are University of Texas alumni.  "We went to Texas, and so we always like to see Texas win, but we're Raider fans, so the only time we don't want Texas to win is when they're playing the Red Raiders," Tom said. Despite their alma matter, living in Lubbock for the past 40 years makes them true Tech fans who are ready to take on the Longhorns. "We expect this to be an outstanding game, and if the Red Raiders win, that's something that's going to go down in history," Tom said. 

Right after Game Day students headed for Jones AT&T Stadium to get in line to get in.  At noon Saturday, seven hours before kick-off, the line of students had already wrapped more than half way around the stadium.  NewsChannel 11 started at the beginning of the line, and it took us about ten minutes to walk all the way to the end.

The students planned to just wait for as long as it took to make sure they got into the game.  "Nothing like this before, and I've been to every football game while I've been here, so this is probably the craziest one I've ever been to," student Laura Johnson said. 

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