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Saturday Is Texas Tech’s 50th Masked Rider Celebration [VIDEO]

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According to Texas Tech’s website, the Masked Rider tradition started as a dare in 1936. The rider was called the ‘ghost rider’ because no one knew his identity. The rider didn’t become the official mascot for the university until 1954 at the Gator Bowl when Joe Kirk Fulton led the team onto the field.

Since that time, the Masked Rider gets the chill bumps going as he rides, with his “guns up” sign, out on the field on a beautiful black horse. The 50th Masked Rider at Tech is Bradley Skinner. After the celebration, he’ll head stadium around 5:30 and take his first stadium ride immediately preceding the 6 p.m. kickoff of the Texas Tech vs. Texas State football game. Go Tech! Check out this ride of last year’s Masked Rider with a helmet cam!

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