The Jerry Moore days.....and the downward spiral

In 1958, a wide receiver joined the Baylor Bears and went on to become captain of their 1960 Gator Bowl team and a star on their #11 in the nation team. After receiving degrees in both Finance and Economics, Jerry Moore began coaching at Corsicana High School under famed Head Coach Jim Acree.

Following a stint at SMU, Moore joined Tom Osborne at Nebraska as Offensive Coordinator in 1978. North Texas State University gave Gerald Hundley Moore his first Head coaching job in 1979. After two seasons Moore was selected as Texas Tech’s 10th Head Football Coach at the age of 42 following the resignation of Rex Dockery.

“Jerry” Moore racked up a painful 16-37-2 record over five very long years while at Tech. The Red Raiders under Moore finished no better than 6th place in the SWC.

The 1981 team recorded a dismal 1-9-1 record, lost all but one conference game, and tied that one. The 1982 team was his best finishing 4-7 with three conference wins. 1983 saw Tech with a record of 3-7-1. I could go on, but I get sad typing this. Suffice it to say in the five Moore years, we won a total of 9 conference games.

The saving grace to this story is that in that dark five year period Moore managed to defeat Texas A&M three times in a row from 1982 thru 1984. He also beat TCU twice so there’s that.

Among the forgotten players of the JM era, consider quarterbacks Ron Reeves, Jim Hart and Aaron Keese. Featured running backs were Anthony Hutchinson, Timmy Smith, and Isaac Garnet. Buzz Tatom, Leonard Harris were standout receivers.

A final glimmer of hope emerged on November 9, 1985 as quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver (Boyd High School) threw for a record 422 yards and 5 touchdowns while spanking TCU 63-7.

Moore was let go at the end of the 1985 season and Athletic Director John Conley stepped down as well. The bleeding was hopefully stopped as the Raider faithful looked forward to 1986 and what had to be a better year.

But that is not the end of the story for Coach Moore. After three years away from football, Moore worked two seasons at Arkansas as an assistant coach before taking the Head Coaching position at Appalachian State. There his career was vindicated. On September 1, 2007 Moore and his Mountaineers beat Michigan 34-32 in Michigan’s own stadium in what was the first time a lower subdivision team defeated a ranked team in a higher subdivision and the first time Michigan had ever lost to a lower subdivision team. He went on to become the 28th coach in Division 1 history to reach 200 career wins. From 1989 to 2012 Moore’s teams racked up 215 wins with only 87 losses and was 146-40 in conference. He also had three NCAA Division I championships.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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