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What is the history of Texas Tech Football?

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Texas Tech University, which first fielded a football team in 1925, has played in 36 postseason bowl games as of 2015. Texas Tech has yet to win a national championship, although the team has ranked as high as no. 2 in the Associated Press poll.

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Texas Tech's first game was a scoreless tie against McMurry University in October 1925. The team adopted its current name, the Red Raiders, in 1934. Texas Tech first received an invitation to a bowl game in the 1937 season, when the team lost to West Virginia 7-6 in the Sun Bowl.

Texas Tech's first bowl game win occurred in the 1951 season, when the team defeated Pacific 25-14 in the Sun Bowl. Texas Tech's next bowl appearance, a win over Auburn in the Gator Bowl, is notable for being the first official appearance of the Masked Rider, Texas Tech football's mascot.

Texas Tech joined the famous Southwest Conference in 1960. In 1965, the team achieved its first top 10 ranking in the Associated Press poll. While the team had several winning seasons in the 1960s and 1970s, it experienced relative mediocrity in the 1980s. Texas Tech joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996.

Head coach Mike Leach was hired in 2000. Under Leach, Texas Tech played some of the most memorable games in the team's history. For example, in the 2006 Insight Bowl, the team came back from a 31-point deficit to win, making it the largest deficit overcome in a bowl game ever. Another notable performance occurred in 2008, when Texas Tech defeated Texas, the top-ranked team in the country at the time. The following week, Texas Tech earned a no. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll, the team's highest ranking to date.

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