Preview: #18 OSU At #15 Texas Tech Football
If Oklahoma State’s football team is going to hand Texas Tech it’s 2nd straight defeat, the Cowboys will have to pass the football alot better than they did in the 58-27 win at Iowa State last weekend. Enid senior Clint Chelf will start again for OSU, his 2nd straight start since replacing J.W. Walsh midway through the Pokes 24-10 home win against TCU a few weeks ago.
To defend Chelf a little, their was a gusty 25-30 mile an hour wind in Ames last week, and head coach Mike Gundy blamed some of the lack of success through the air on OSU receivers dropping the ball on occasion. But I know this: Josh Stewart is the *best* player on the Cowboys squad…and he *must* be more involved than 3 catches for 10 yards, his stats in the Iowa State blowout. If Chelf can find Stewart Saturday, as well as the Moore’s (Tracy & Charlie), that should open up the run game which could lead to another solid showing from Desmond Roland and true freshman Rennie Childs. Roland got the first start of his OSU career and responded with 219 yards and 4 touchdowns including a 58-yard dandy, where he broke several tackles on the way to paydirt. Childs proved he belonged with his 5 carries for 45 yards and a score in the TCU win as both backs appear to have moved past senior Jeremy Smith on the depth chart.
As for defense, Glenn Spencer’s stoppers have been kings of the takeaways the past three games. OSU has forced the other clubs into TWELVE turnovers during that time, and if the Pokes play like that again in Lubbock, the Cowboys could win a 5th straight game against Texas Tech. Red Raiders freshman quarterback Davis Webb is talented; his 385 yards passing against Oklahoma last weekend in Norman was no fluke. He has several playmakers like the all-american tight end candidate Jace Amaro and receivers Eric Ward and Jakeem Grant. The Pokes *must* keep an eye on Amaro and they better not sleep on Tech running backs Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington.
When the clock reaches :00 Saturday night, I expect a game within a field goal – and if that’s the case, OSU’s young kicker Ben Grogan better bring his “A” game to West Texas too. If he does, and the Cowboys pull it off, they’ll be the first team since Nebraska (’94, ’96, ’00) to beat Texas Tech three consecutive times in Lubbock.
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