By Joe Gulick
It’s easy to see why the Horned Frog is despondent in this Oct. 7, 1974, Dirk West cartoon. TCU had just been beaten at home 49-0 by Arkansas and was en route to a 1-10 season and 0-7 Southwest Conference record.
Texas Tech and Baylor had just played future Big 12 foe Oklahoma State, and both had won their non-conference games with the Cowboys. However, Baylor beat them 31-14 on Sept. 28, and Tech squeaked by 14-13 on Oct. 5.
Tech was preparing to play the Aggies at College Station the following Saturday, and Baylor would go to Arkansas.
Texas A&M had an easy 28-7 victory over Tech, but Baylor overcame the Razorbacks 21-17.
The Frog was prophetic about things getting worse. TCU was 1-10 again in 1975 and 0-11 in 1976. The Frogs would not have a winning season until 1984.
When the Boo Bird said he had been living in Fort Worth, he was talking of TCU’s tough times.
The heart carved on a tree referred to the dice-rolling and card-playing saying “Moss and Ted and Wagonyard Red,” from whom Dirk named his character Moss.
Tech was 3-0-1 when this cartoon was printed. The Red Raiders had tied New Mexico and would lose to A&M, Rice, Baylor and Arkansas.
They finished with a 6-4-2 season mark after a 6-6 tie with Vanderbilt in the Peach Bowl to conclude Jim Carlen’s fifth and final season as Tech’s head coach. Oddly enough, the Vanderbilt coach Tech faced in that Peach Bowl was Steve Sloan, who would become Carlen’s successor as Tech’s head coach.
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