1925 Texas Tech Matadors football team

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1925 Texas Tech Matadors football
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1925 Texas Tech football team
Conference Independent
1925 record 6–1–2
Head coach Ewing Y. Freeland (1st season)
Captain Winfield Nicklaus (1st year)
Home stadium South Plains Fairgrounds
Seasons
1926 →
1925 Southern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Louisville         8 0 0
Georgetown         9 1 0
Texas Tech         6 1 2
Texas Mines         5 1 1
Wake Forest         6 2 1
Navy         5 2 1
William & Mary         6 4 0
Duke         4 5 0
East Tennessee         3 4 0
Middle Tennessee         3 4 2
Richmond         3 6 0
Loyola (MD)         2 6 0

The 1925 Texas Tech Matadors football team was an American football team that represented Texas Technological College (now known as Texas Tech University) as an independent during the 1925 college football season. In its first season of intercollegiate football, Texas Tech compiled a 6–1–2 record. Winfield Nicklaus was the team captain. The team played its home games at the South Plains Fairgrounds in Lubbock, Texas.

The school opened for business in the fall of 1925. University president Paul W. Horn presided over the first meeting of its faculty being held on September 15, 1925.[1]

Ewing Y. Freeland was hired as the school's athletic director and coach in June 1925. He had been a star athlete at Vanderbilt and the coach at SMU in 1922 and 1923.[2]

The first intercollegiate game in school history was played in Lubbock on October 3, 1925, ending in a scoreless tie with McMurry.[3]

On October 17, 1925, the team won the first game in program history, defeating Montezuma College of New Mexico by a 30–0 score.[4]

On November 5, 1925, Texas Tech defeated Wayland Baptist by a score that has been reported as either 120–0[4] or 115–0.[5] It remains Texas Tech's only 100-point game.

Key players included D.C. "Preacher" Calloway who was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1985.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
October 3 McMurry T 0–0 8,000–10,000 [3]
October 9 Austin
  • South Plains Fairgrounds
  • Lubbock, TX
T 3–3
October 17 Montezuma College
  • South Plains Fairgrounds
  • Lubbock, TX
W 30–0
October 24 Clarendon College
  • South Plains Fairgrounds
  • Lubbock, TX
W 13–7
October 31 at Sul Ross
W 21–7 [6]
November 5 Wayland Baptist
  • South Plains Fairgrounds
  • Lubbock, TX
W 120–0 (115–0) [4][5]
November 11 at Abilene Christian Abilene, TX W 10–7 5,000 [7]
November 18 at Howard Payne Brownwood, TX L 0–30 [8]
November 26 West Texas State
  • South Plains Fairgrounds
  • Lubbock, TX
W 13–12

[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Technological College Plans Made". El Paso Times. September 16, 1925. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Ewing Freeland To Direct Athletics a Tech. College". The Austin American. June 17, 1925. p. 7.
  3. ^ a b "Texas Tech Opens Football History in Scoreless Tie". The Shreveport Times. October 4, 1925. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b c d 2012 Texas Tech Football Media Supplement
  5. ^ a b "Football Results". Corsicana Daily Sun. November 6, 1925. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Texas Tech Bowls Over Sul Ross Team". The Waco News-Tribune. November 1, 1925. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Texas Tech Matadors Face Defeat But Win". The Amarillo Globe. November 12, 1925. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Jackets Beat Matadors, 29-0". The Austin American. November 19, 1925. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.