LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech is well known for having the rowdiest crowd in the Big 12. But, really, it’s just another way of saying that the Red Raiders have the best student section in the conference.
On the east side of the field, the Sooner sideline on Saturday, from the north end zone to the south end zone, there are 12 lower level bleacher sections.
The Oklahoma band was in the first one, non-students were in the sixth and seventh sections (the best seats in the house on the east side). The other nine sections were all Tech students. And, pretty much, they were all full more than an hour before the kick.
That simply doesn’t happen anywhere else in the conference, except maybe for Kansas and Kansas State basketball.
Included within those sections was one 300-pound or so student wearing a cape, blue jeans and about nothing else but black body paint.
Also, Batman was in the crowd, as well as any number of young men in Cowboy hats jeering the Sooners as they warmed long before the kick.
Great digs: A few years ago, Jones AT&T Stadium underwent renovations very nearly on par with the renovations that became Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Tech, though, did not bury the actual press box above an end zone.
Instead, it put the press box in the middle of the first level of luxury boxes, in addition to building more levels above. But what really stands out is the size of the luxury boxes.
Those lucky enough watch from such a posh perch have seats set up near the glass that looks out on the field. What they also have, basically, a living-room sized meeting area with couches. It’s like staying at Embassy Suites.
Holy Cow: Tress Way’s first punt of the game traveled 71 yards.