By Joe Gulick
It is hard to find the Red Raider (and his word balloon, too, for that matter) in this cartoon. But he is here — part of him, at least.
This was printed on Saturday, Oct. 23, 1982. The Red Raiders were in Seattle to play the Washington Huskies, who had been ranked No. 1 in the nation for several weeks and were averaging 41 points a game. Tech played a tough game but lost 10-3.
Texas was hosting Southern Methodist University that day, and Dirk used his favorite nickname for UT coach Fred Akers. Dirk correctly predicted an SMU victory — the Mustangs won 30-17 — but was wrong with his prognostications about Arkansas. The Razorbacks would later tie SMU 17-17 in Dallas and lose to Texas 33-7 in Austin. The Razorback’s putdown of the Longhorn refers, of course, to Borden’s Elsie the Cow.
Because we can’t see the Red Raider’s hat, we can’t count the bullet holes to see how many losses Tech had at that point. Tech had a 3-3 record and finished the 1982 season with a 4-7 record in Jerry Moore’s second of five seasons as head coach.
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