Red Raiders haven't played marquee games outside of Big 12 play since Ole Miss, NC State almost 10 years ago
Long before Eli Manning and Mississippi played Texas Tech in 2002 and 2003, current Tech coach Tommy Tuberville thought the two programs made logical non-conference opponents.
He was right, as it turned out. The Red Raiders beat the Rebels 42-28 one year and 49-45 the next in competitive, entertaining games. By the time the two teams squared off, though, it didn’t matter much to Tuberville, who was coaching at Auburn.