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A Texas Tech Year in Review, 2021

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Between COVID-19, breaking curses, and everything in between, it’s been a memorable year for Red Raider Nation. Let’s re-live the most memorable moments, good and bad, of the last calendar year!

January 13th: Mac McClung downs Texas!

With 13 seconds left on the clock in a tie ball game, Coach Chris Beard let Mac McClung take the ball and make something happen. Make something happen he did. McClung hit a huge three-point shot in the face of Longhorn Matt Coleman to put the Red Raiders over the No. 4 Longhorns.

March 14th: Red Raiders Make Another NCAA Tournament

While the end of the season was disappointing, the Red Raiders were able to make their fourth NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons.

April 1st: Chris Beard Betrays Texas Tech.

This unfortunately needs no more context. On to happier things!

April 5th: Mark Adams Announced as New Head Basketball Coach!

“I was told, first of all, he gave me a middle seat and wanted me to wear orange, and I didnโ€™t want to do either one of those.โ€ – Mark Adams on Chris Beard recruiting him to Texas.

Most Tech fans would argue the program is in a better spot today than it was on March 31st. This school now has a coach that truly loves Lubbock and wants to be there.

June 6th: Red Raider Baseball Advances to Super Regionals

For the fifth time in seven seasons, the Red Raiders advanced to the Super Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament!

September 18th: Michael Crabtree added to the Texas Tech Ring of Honor

October 25th: Matt Wells Fired as Texas Tech Head Football Coach

After nearly three disappointing seasons, Matt Wells was let go as the Head Football Coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

November 8th: Joey McGuire Hired as Texas Tech Head Football Coach

It’s been uphill ever since!

November 13th: Jonathon Garibay 62-Yard Game Winner

This kick locked up Texas Tech’s first bowl appearance in four seasons!

November 28th: Texas Tech Volleyball Selected to First NCAA Tournament in 20 Years

December 7th: Mark Adams’ First Ranked Win Over Tennessee

First of many!

December 28th: Liberty Bowl Victory over Mike Leach and Mississippi State

With a 34-7 blowout of Mike Leach and the Bulldogs, the Red Raiders get their biggest victory in recent memory and give fans hope for the future!

Which moment was your favorite? Did we forget any? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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2 years ago

With all the craziness associated with what was going on in Tech sports, in addition to combatting the effects of a COVID-19 induced mania, the whole 2021 season seems a blur! However, the biggest moments for Tech, above so many others, must encompass two people. The promotion of Sonny Cumbie to Interim Head Coach, and the hiring of Joey McGuire as the future Head Coach. These two important moves triggered an unbelievable surge of energy to the football team, ultimately leading to a huge Liberty Bowl win, signifying a change in the direction of this program.

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