The skies above Stillwater, Okla. will be busy Saturday morning.
In response to a move by Texas fans who hired a private plane to pull a pro-Longhorns’ banner over the site of Saturday’s ESPN’s College GameDay telecast, the move has been matched by Texas Tech fans eager to remind the world that their Red Raiders took down the Longhorns, 39-33, on Nov. 1.
According to a report today in The Daily Oklahoman, a group of about 20 Tech fans have set up a flyover of their own in Stillwater, where Oklahoma (10-1, 6-1 in Big 12) will meet Oklahoma State (9-2, 5-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the last of three high-profile games this week involving teams that can finish in a tie for first place in the South Division.
If there is a three-way tie between OU, Texas (11-1, 7-1) and Tech (10-1, 6-1), the team that places highest in Sunday’s BCS standings will advance to the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 6.
Texas fans used Thursday night’s ESPN national telecast of the Longhorns’ 49-9 rout of Texas A&M to draw attention to their team’s 45-35 victory over Oklahoma in head-to-head play on Oct. 11. Approximately 20,000 signs with the “45-35” message were distributed at the game in Austin, many of them gaining air time on ESPN. A similar message will be displayed this morning in Stillwater during the Texas-financed flyover.
Tech’s banner will read “www.39-33.com,” drawing attention to the final score of Tech’s victory over Texas in Lubbock. Tech graduate Shane Walker told the Oklahoman that he contributed $500 to today’s flyover to draw attention to a day that “Longhorn fans have forgotten.”
“We realize we got thumped by OU … but we want to go to a BCS bowl,” Walker told the newspaper. “Based on Texas’ head-to-head argument, we should get the BCS bowl over them.”
Tech fell to Oklahoma, 65-21, last week.
_ Jimmy Burch