Gearing Up For Game Day: Cowboys work to shut down Red Raiders
STILLWATER, Okla. – Just one week after in-state rival OU defeated the Red Raiders in a back-and-forth battle in Norman, the Cowboys are hoping to do the same.
The Pokes will be heading to Lubbock Saturday to take on Texas Tech, just one week after its undefeated record was shattered.
Last week, the Oklahoma Sooners defeated Texas Tech 38-30 with 526 yards of total offense.
Analysts say OU was able to turn the tide with big plays on defense and control the tempo of the game with a fast-paced offense.
Texas Tech has turned the ball over 19 times this season and the Cowboys’ defense is preparing to capitalize on those missteps.
So far this season, the Pokes’ defense is credited with 19 takeaways, so that could be a deciding factor in the game.
However, experts say the Cowboys’ offense will need to take advantage of those Tech turnovers.
In this week’s game, Oklahoma State’s offense will likely be on the shoulders of running back Desmond Roland, who rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start against Iowa State.
In order to win, experts say the Pokes’ passing game will need to find some consistency from Clint Chelf or J.W. Walsh.
OSU head coach Mike Gundy has already said the team will likely play both quarterbacks in an attempt to keep the pace up and the Texas Tech defense on edge.
However, Gundy also stressed that in order to do that, the offensive line will have to provide better protection for OSU’s passers.
Texas Tech’s offense ranks fifth in the country, accumulating 537 yards of offense per game.
The offense is bolstered by Tech’s passing play of quarterback Davis Webb and tight end Jace Amaro, who had eight catches for 119 yards last week.
This year, Webb became the first Texas Tech freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in his first two starts.
Texas Tech is the first ranked opponent Oklahoma State has faced this season.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday inside Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.
Fans can watch the game live on FOX.