March Madness 2019: Security confiscates tortillas after Texas Tech fans toss some on court

Texas Tech fans have a thing about tortillas, which led to some interesting scenes in the Red Raiders’ NCAA championship game against Virginia on Monday in Minneapolis.

At one point, officials paused the action briefly to pick up a tortilla from the court. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, other tortillas were also tossed on the court, prompting some Texas Tech fans to stand up on their chairs and warn others about tossing tortillas.

One fan even reportedly made a “T” sign, warning the team could face a technical foul.​

These incidents led to the inevitable: Security officers started confiscating tortillas.

NCAA title game stopped briefly because a tortilla got launched into the court from the Texas Tech student section. Not the first to fly and now security is starting to confiscate a bunch. pic.twitter.com/q18K93dTp4

Those unfamiliar with the longstanding Texas Tech tradition may be thinking, “Tortillas? What? Why?”

As the story goes, back in 1992, as Texas A&M prepared to visit Texas Tech for a big game, an ESPN sportscaster demeaned Lubbock by saying the there was “nothing but Tech football and a tortilla factory in Lubbock.”

So fans took the cue, and, instead of throwing plastic drink cup lids on the field as they’d been doing for several years, they began hurling tortillas, as they did again Monday night:

Classic Texas Tech, already throwing tortillas on the court!! 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️ #redraiders #texastech @marchmadness @FinalFour pic.twitter.com/0xfGzZWLvx

It’s a bizarre tradition, but a fun one, and it left some observers speculating on Twitter about the composition of the tortillas, whether the tossers were righties or lefties, etc.

Not 100% positive because I didn’t taste it, but I’m pretty sure from color and trajectory that the stoppage tortilla was yellow corn thrown by a righty (who got a nice arc on it). Tech kids definitely armed with flour, too.

Confiscating Tortillas would be a good band name.

Virginia led Texas Tech, 32-29, at halftime.

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