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Before S. C. Gwynne moved to Texas in 1994 from New York, he never dreamed he’d take an interest in Big 12 football. Yet before long, he was transfixed: “I desperately cared who won the Kansas State–Iowa State game.” A writer for Texas Monthly, Gwynne was more than just a fan. He followed the glory days of the Texas Longhorns—the Mack Brown era that produced Vince Young, Colt McCoy, and a national championship in 2006. But the other big story was happening in an unusual place: Lubbock. Under head coach Mike Leach, the Texas Tech Red Raiders had gone from perennial Big 12 also-rans to high-scoring juggernauts capable of beating—dismantling, even—Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. Leach had stunned the college football world with his “Air Raid” offense—a…

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