HOUSTON — If you’re an LSU fan attending Tuesday night’s Texas Bowl, beware of flying tortillas.
It has to be Texas Tech’s most quirky yet most endearing tradition: at kickoff and after the Red Raiders score touchdowns, the thin and apparently aerodynamic flatbreads start sailing out of the stands.
“I don’t even know how they get them into stadium,” Texas Tech linebacker Malik Jenkins said. “I remember at the TCU game, it felt like the ‘300’ movie with all the arrows, there were so many tortillas flying.”
According to reporters covering Texas Tech, Red Raiders fans have been on social media since their team got an invitation to play here, querying each other as to where Houston’s best tortillas can be found.
A report by a Lubbock TV station said the tortilla tradition started a week after Texas Tech fans started throwing soda cup lids at a home game. The lids were banned, so fans began throwing tortillas instead.
The last roundup
The last practice is behind Vadal Alexander. So is the last team photo and the last pregame walkthrough, which the LSU Tigers held Monday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
The Texas Bowl will be his last game at LSU, and like his 13 fellow seniors, Alexander is trying to cherish every moment. Every last.
“It’s starting to hit me as the time builds and we get closer to the game,” Alexander said at pregame news conference Monday. “It kind of becomes a very special moment for me, this last game I play with my teammates.”
Afterward, win or lose, the senior right tackle said he may just linger at his locker for a few moments, his last in LSU gear.
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Alexander said. “You’re almost approaching your goal to go to the next level, but I’m not thinking about that. I’m with my teammates right now enjoying the time I have with them. This last game is going to be incredible. They’re brothers forever.”
QB a priority
Even as they ran their players through practices here this week and attended bowl functions, LSU coaches were continuing to work on the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class.
Coach Les Miles said signing a quarterback after the loss of longtime commitment Feleipe Franks to Florida remains a high priority.
“We certainly are looking at quarterbacks in this class,” Miles said. “It’s very important to the development of our team long term. We’d certainly like to sign a quality quarterback.”
I remember you
Miles was asked Tuesday if this was the first time he will coach against someone he coached against when they were a player. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was the Red Raiders quarterback in 2001-02 when Miles was in his first two seasons at Oklahoma State.
“Yeah, I think this is the first time,” Miles said.
“He’s saying you’re old,” Kingsbury, 36, said to Miles.
“I’m old, yeah,” said Miles, 62. That’s exactly what he’s doing.”
As of Monday afternoon, less than 1,000 tickets remained for Tuesday’s game. … LSU players wore purple jerseys to Monday’s news conference, but team equipment manager Greg Stringfellow reconfirmed that the Tigers will wear white jerseys for the Texas Bowl. … Texas Tech is keeping its jersey selection a secret, but its players wore black jerseys with Texas Bowl logos to the news conference. … LSU is designated as the visiting team.
Chandler Rome contributed to this report.