TCU–Texas Tech football rivalry

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West Texas Championship
First meeting October 30, 1926
TCU 28, Texas Tech 16
Latest meeting November 18, 2017
TCU 27, Texas Tech 3
Next meeting October 13, 2018
Trophy Saddle Trophy (1961–c. 1970; 2017–present)
Statistics
Meetings total 60
All-time series Texas Tech leads, 31–26–3
Largest victory Texas Tech, 63–7 (1985)
Longest win streak Texas Tech, 6 (1973–78, 1985–90)
Current win streak TCU, 1 (2017–present)

The West Texas Championship is an American college football rivalry[citation needed] between the TCU Horned Frogs football team of Texas Christian University (TCU) and Texas Tech Red Raiders football team of Texas Tech University.[1] The winner of the annual game is presented with the Saddle Trophy, which bears plaques marking the score of each meeting between the rival schools. The teams have met on the gridiron in 59 games since 1926. The game was first dubbed the "West Texas Championship", and the "Saddle Trophy" was first awarded, from 1961 through 1970. During this ten-year stretch, the schools split the series 5-5. The trophy was lost and the rivalry name disappeared until the moniker and trophy were reintroduced in 2017.[2]

History[edit]

From 1926 through 1955, TCU and Texas Tech frequently played as non-conference opponents.

In 1956, Texas Tech joined the Southwest Conference (SWC), and the teams played annually as conference opponents, except in 1957 (as Texas Tech was not a full member of the SWC until 1960), until the conference's dissolution in 1995.

After the dissolution of the SWC, the teams played a home-and-home series in 2004 and 2006 with the home team winning each time (Texas Tech in 2004, TCU in 2006).

In 2012, TCU joined the Big 12 Conference and the teams renewed their annual rivalry.

Texas Tech leads the series 31–25–3.[3] The series' 3 ties came in 3 straight games in Lubbock in 1979, 1981 and 1983. The series has featured many large margins of victory. Texas Tech's largest victory was by 56 points, in a 63–7 victory on November 9, 1985, in Lubbock, and TCU's largest victory was by 55 points, in an 82–27 victory in Fort Worth on October 25, 2014. The 82 points scored was the most points ever scored against Texas Tech and the most points ever scored against any team in Big 12 history. The Frogs and Raiders have only met twice with both teams ranked in the top 25, in 2006 and 2012. Both games were played in Fort Worth and won by the higher-ranked team (TCU 12–3 in 2006 and Texas Tech in 3OT 56–53 in 2012).

Game results[edit]

Rankings based on the Associated Press Poll released prior to the game.

TCU victoriesTexas Tech victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 October 30, 1926 Fort Worth TCU 28–16
2 October 8, 1927 Fort Worth TCU 16–6
3 October 27, 1928 Fort Worth TCU 28–6
4 October 26, 1929 Lubbock TCU 22–0
5 October 25, 1930 Fort Worth TCU 26–0
6 September 26, 1936 Lubbock Texas Tech 7–0
7 November 7, 1942 Lubbock Texas Tech 13–6
8 November 6, 1943 Fort Worth Texas Tech 40–20
9 November 11, 1944 Fort Worth TCU 14–0
10 November 10, 1945 Lubbock Texas Tech 12–0
11 October 14, 1950 Fort Worth TCU 19–6
12 October 13, 1951 Lubbock Texas Tech 33–19
13 September 24, 1955 Lubbock TCU 32–0
14 November 10, 1956 Lubbock Texas Tech 21–7
15 October 11, 1958 Fort Worth TCU 26–0
16 October 10, 1959 Lubbock TCU 14–8
17 October 8, 1960 Fort Worth TCU 21–7
18 October 14, 1961 Lubbock Texas Tech 10–0
19 October 13, 1962 Fort Worth TCU 35–13
20 October 12, 1963 Lubbock TCU 35–3
21 October 10, 1964 Fort Worth Texas Tech 25–10
22 October 9, 1965 Lubbock Texas Tech 28–24
23 October 8, 1966 Fort Worth TCU 6–3
24 November 11, 1967 Fort Worth TCU 16–0
25 November 9, 1968 Lubbock Texas Tech 31–14
26 November 8, 1969 Fort Worth TCU 35–26
27 November 7, 1970 Lubbock Texas Tech 22–14
28 November 6, 1971 Fort Worth TCU 17–6
29 November 11, 1972 Lubbock TCU 31–7
30 November 10, 1973 Fort Worth #12 Texas Tech 24–10
31 November 9, 1974 Lubbock #19 Texas Tech 28–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
32 November 8, 1975 Fort Worth Texas Tech 34–0
33 November 6, 1976 Fort Worth #5 Texas Tech 14–10
34 November 6, 1977 Lubbock Texas Tech 49–17
35 November 11, 1978 Fort Worth Texas Tech 21–17
36 November 10, 1979 Lubbock Tie3–3
37 November 8, 1980 Fort Worth TCU 24–17
38 November 7, 1981 Lubbock Tie39–39
39 November 6, 1982 Fort Worth Texas Tech 16–14
40 November 5, 1983 Lubbock Tie10–10
41 November 10, 1984 Fort Worth #15 TCU 27–16
42 November 9, 1985 Lubbock Texas Tech 63–7
43 November 8, 1986 Fort Worth #23 Texas Tech 36–14
44 November 7, 1987 Lubbock Texas Tech 36–35
45 November 5, 1988 Fort Worth Texas Tech 23–10
46 November 11, 1989 Lubbock #23 Texas Tech 37–7
47 November 10, 1990 Fort Worth Texas Tech 40–28
48 September 28, 1991 Lubbock TCU 30–16
49 November 14, 1992 Fort Worth Texas Tech 31–28
50 November 6, 1993 Lubbock Texas Tech 49–21
51 November 24, 1994 Fort Worth TCU 24–17
52 November 11, 1995 Lubbock Texas Tech 27–6
53 September 18, 2004 Lubbock Texas Tech 70–35
54 September 16, 2006 Fort Worth #12 TCU 12–3
55 October 20, 2012 Fort Worth #17 Texas Tech 56–533OT
56 September 12, 2013 Lubbock Texas Tech 20–10
57 October 25, 2014 Fort Worth #10 TCU 82–27
58 September 26, 2015 Lubbock #3 TCU 55–52
59 October 29, 2016 Fort Worth Texas Tech 27–242OT
60 November 18, 2017 Lubbock #12 TCU 27–3
Series: Texas Tech leads 31–26–3

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