(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: (2) Texas Tech 56, (8) Oklahoma State 20
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - One week after toppling the No.1 team, Graham Harrell and the Texas Tech Red Raiders completed a dominating win against eighth-ranked Oklahoma State.
Harrell completed 40-of-50 passes for 456 yards with six touchdowns, as the No.2 Red Raiders powered past the Cowboys, 56-20.
After losing a fumble on their first series, Harrell led the Red Raiders to a a touchdown on their next seven possessions. The Red Raiders (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) won their school-record 12th straight game.
"I think it says a lot, it's big," said Harrell. "A lot of people picked us to lose and thought we wouldn't be ready to play. That's the thing about this team, we put games behind us and get ready for our next opponent."
Last week, Harrell connected with Michael Crabtree on a 28-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining, giving the Red Raiders a 39-33 win over No.1 Texas. Crabtree had three TD grabs against the Cowboys, racking up 89 receiving yards. The Red Raiders had 629 yards of offense.
"I feel like every week we have something to prove," said Crabtree. "Week after week they seem to come up with something about us not having a this or a that. So every time we come out we've got to play. That's what I put into everyone's head and that's what I'm going to do."
The Red Raiders, off to their best start in school history, are atop the Big 12 South Division. In two weeks, they'll have another tough task, taking on another top-10 team in Oklahoma, on the road. The Sooners are a game behind the Red Raiders in the division.
Kendall Hunter ran for 112 yards and a pair of scores for the Cowboys (8-2, 4-2), who lost to Texas two weeks ago before routing Iowa State.
"We're going to try our best to look past this and get ready for next week," said Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant. "Practice hard and leave this off to the side and get fired up about Colorado."
On the third play of the game, Harrell dropped a snap and Patrick Lavine came up with the ball for the Cowboys at the Red Raiders 31. Three plays later, Kendall was in the end zone, scoring on a two-yard run.
Harrell immediately drove the home team down the field to tie the game, finding Edward Britton from 16 yards out on a great over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.
After an Oklahoma State punt, Harrell connected with Eric Morris for a four- yard TD pass with 3:38 left in the first quarter.
It became 21-7 on Harrell's slant pass for a score to Crabtree from nine yards out early in the second, but Keith Tolston scored on a two-yard run for the Cowboys with 4:13 left in the half.
Harrell then drove the Cowboys to another TD, hitting Crabtree or a 17-yard gain to the three before Shannon Woods punched it in on a three-yard run with 47 seconds remaining in the half.
The Cowboys nearly came up with a prayer pass in the end zone to complete the quarter, but they fell behind 35-14 early in the third. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew fumbled and Texas Tech was set up at midfield. A short time later, Crabtree eluded the defense for an eight-yard TD catch with 9:32 left in the third.
Hunter ran up the middle for a four-yard score later in the third, but Crabtree made an incredible leaping catch on a one-yard TD in the back right corner of the end zone, expanding the lead to 42-20 with 4:05 remaining in the third.
Woods scored on runs of 13 and 16 yards in the final quarter.
This marked Tech's first pair of wins against teams in the top 10 since 1974. In 1974, Tech defeated No. 6 Texas 26-3 and No. 9 Arizona 17-8.
11/09 01:34:47 ET