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Coach Kingsbury follows in the footsteps of TTU giants

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It was October 3, 1925.

Coach E.Y. Freeland led the first ever Texas Tech (then Texas Technological College) football team onto the field.

The historic game against McMurry ended in a 0-0 tie.

With the clock winding down, Texas Tech kicked a field goal to win the game but a referee ruled that the clock had already run out of time.

Fast forward to today: the program has produced dozens of NFL athletes, appeared in 36 bowl games and developed hundreds of All-Conference players.

Today Texas Tech is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country.

In the nearly nine decades of Red Raider football, 15 coaches have taken the reins, each with hopes of leaving a legacy.

The best record, 76-32, is held by Coach Pete Cawthon, who led the Red Raiders from 1930-1940.

Then, in 1954, Tech would go on to make one of the most memorable appearances in college football history.

Tech took on the University of Auburn Gator Bowl, and Joe Kirk Fulton made his first public appearance as the Masked Rider.

An article in the Atlanta Journal said "No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance."

In 1960 they became members of the Southwest conference.

In 1996, they moved into the Big 12, during the reign of Spike Dykes.

Coach Dykes spent 13 seasons as head coach, the longest standing tenure of any coach at Tech, from 1986-1999.

Mike Leach still holds the record for number of games won for the Red Raiders, racking up 84 wins from 2000 to 2009.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury follows in the footsteps of more than a dozen prolific men, and in his second season is already arguably one of the most famous young coaches in college football.

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