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AUSTIN MURPHY
November 10, 2008
Long overshadowed, Texas Tech shook up the BCS with a last-second victory over No. 1 Texas and proved it belongs in the title discussion
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November 10, 2008

Red-letter Night

Long overshadowed, Texas Tech shook up the BCS with a last-second victory over No. 1 Texas and proved it belongs in the title discussion

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The next call from the Tech sideline was Ace Six—which stands for the number of points it's designed to score. It calls for four receivers to run vertical routes or, in the parlance of sandlot football, "go deep." After snatching the ball in front of his helpless defender, Crabtree stayed inbounds—and here he channeled his head coach, notorious for his disdain for field goals—then won the game.

Its field-storming fans having drawn two penalties, Tech kicked off from its own eight-yard line with one second to play. "The plan," says Leach, "was to squib-kick it to a fat guy. Of course the fat guys at Texas are nimble, and they have good hands."

There was no miracle for the Longhorns. This time, when the Tech partisans stormed the field, no one bum-rushed them toward the sideline. Like the Red Raiders in the ranks of college football's elite, it looked like they might be there for a while.

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