70-53, no that's not a basketball score but rather the final between OK State and Texas Tech last year. Two high powered offenses, this matchup has all the makings of a shootout, and while the Pokes 'O' will be ready to keep those pistols firing, you can bet the defense will have their eyes on a rather evasive Patrick Mahomes.
Head Coach Mike Gundy knows what the Texas Tech quarterback is capable of. "Their quarterback's a really good player, as we all know. I'm not saying anything anyone doesn't know. He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott when we played Dak when he was at Mississippi State. The style of play, the body, strength, speed, ability to run."
"It's kind of hard to get a grasp on them, because conceptually they have concepts, but when he scrambles around, he creates a different play," explains Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer.
Linebacker Devante Averette has become accustomed to the slippery ways of Mahomes. "We just have to lock on receivers as he runs, because that's where he can get a lot of teams, when he gets to running out of the pocket. A lot of DB's get to looking at him and try to figure out where he's going, but the receiver across field is wide open... so just gotta have a good job of containing and locking up the receivers."
When it comes to the Cowboys offense, Wide Receiver Austin Hays says the team knows what they need to accomplish. "I don't think we feel added pressure, just every possession we want to score, Coach Yurcich is so hard on us. Taking it play by play, and not taking it lightly because we know the ball is so precious, and that's kind of what we're good at, taking care of the ball. We can't give Patrick Mahomes any more opportunities than he already has."
The Cowboys haven't lost to the Red Raiders since 2008, but don't count Texas Tech out quite yet, they are two wins away from being bowl eligible and will be looking to steal one here in Boone Pickens on Saturday.