(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: (17) Oklahoma State 24, Texas Tech 17
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Patrick Lavine's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference, as the 17th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys edged the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 24-17, in a hard-fought Big 12 battle at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Zac Robinson completed 9-of-21 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (8-2, 5-1 Big 12), who were coming off a 34-8 win over Iowa State last Saturday. Robinson rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries and also took a hard hit that knocked him out near the end of the game. Keith Toston had 76 yards and a score on 22 carries. Hubert Anyiam had three catches for 39 yards and a TD for Oklahoma State, which has won seven of its last eight outings.
"Obviously, it was an exciting game. It was quite a finish for a game that was kind of a tale of two halves. I'm really proud of our defense. I mentioned to them in the locker that I haven't been around a group of guys that can rally around each other like they have," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
Taylor Potts connected on 19-of-35 passes for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Red Raiders (6-4, 3-3), who were coming off a 42-21 win over Kansas on October 31. Steven Sheffield completed 16-of-23 passes for 117 yards, a TD, and two interceptions for Texas Tech, which had won four of its previous five games.
Detron Lewis hauled in six passes for 75 yards. Edward Britton and Alex Torres each had a TD catch in defeat.
"I think they converted third downs. I think Oklahoma State gets some credit for that. Then defensively if we did what we did the first half, probably they don?t convert the third downs," said Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.
Oklahoma State bridged the third and fourth periods with a 15-play, 66-yard scoring drive to take the lead. Robinson had rushes of 13 and 19 yards to help set the Cowboys up with a 4th-and-1 at the six. Toston's two-yard rush gave Oklahoma State a first down.
On the next play, Toston almost fumbled on a three-yard gain. The replay showed Toston's knee was down before he lost the ball, and Toston then plunged up the middle into the end zone on the ensuing play for a 17-10 margin with under 13 minutes to play.
Texas Tech took over on its own 17 following a punt later in the quarter. On the second play, Lavine intercepted Sheffield's pass and returned it 21 yards for a score, giving the Cowboys a 24-10 lead with 8:06 remaining.
The Red Raiders made things interesting by scoring a quick TD on their next possession. Potts hit Britton with a 24-yard touchdown pass to end a five- play, 80-yard drive that lasted just over a minute.
Robinson and the Cowboys ran the clock down as they entered the red zone. On a 2nd-and-10 from the Texas Tech 14, Robinson faked a handoff and rushed to the right. However, Jamar Wall put a huge hit on Robinson to force the ball loose.
"I just kind of looked at all the doctors and they just nodded their heads to say he'll be OK and that made me feel good. They went through the precautions. One thing that comforted me was that they got him up and walked him off. It makes me a lot better. Our medical staff is top notch and if there are any concerns they cart you or board you. So that made me feel good," said Gundy.
Texas Tech recovered with 1:38 left and no timeouts at its own 12, but Oklahoma State's defense held up to preserve the victory.
The Red Raiders had a chance to put points on the board on their second possession of the game, but Matt Williams' 43-yard field goal attempt went wide left with under eight minutes left.
Oklahoma State took over and put together a 12-play, 74-yard scoring drive that lasted almost seven minutes. The Cowboys faced a 3rd-and-13 from their own 34, but a personal foul on Texas Tech gave Oklahoma State a fresh set of downs.
Later in the march, the Cowboys decided to go for it on 4th-and-4 at the Red Raiders 34. This time around, a defensive pass interference call gave Oklahoma State a first down. Robinson then connected with Anyiam on a 25-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first.
Texas Tech put up 10 points in the second stanza to take a 10-7 margin at the break.
Williams drilled a 34-yarder to cap an eight-play, 24-yard drive with under 10 minutes left in the half.
A 26-yard punt return by Austin Zouzalik helped set up Texas Tech's first TD. On the sixth play of the ensuing drive, Torres hauled in a 12-yard pass for a touchdown and a 10-7 lead with 3:05 to go.
Dan Bailey's 26-yard field goal midway through the third quarter made it a 10-10 game.
The Cowboys had 243 yards on the ground, compared to 50 for the Red Raiders. However, Texas Tech had 307 yards passing while Oklahoma State had just 90 yards through the air...Texas Tech owns a 21-13-3 edge in the all-time series with Oklahoma State, including a 56-20 romp over the Cowboys last season...The Cowboys welcome Colorado to town on Thursday, while the Red Raiders host Oklahoma next Saturday.
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