Cowboys Corral Texas Tech 50-44 in a Wild Shootout

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Oklahoma State looked to bounce back from their Bedlam loss against Texas Tech, a team they’ve struggled against dropping their last two meetings.

OSU was behind the eight ball already as running backs Chuba Hubbard, LD Brown and left tackle Teven Jenkins missed the game due to injuries.

The Cowboys got off to a strong start defensively notching a Tech punt, but after connecting on a 24 yard pass and a 15 yarder to Dillon Stoner, Brady Pohl missed a 33 yard field goal. Pohl still kicking for the injured Alex Hale who injured himself in warmups against OU.

Following that, Tech took over and hit a fourth down and short where Sorodorick Thompson got a two yard pick up for first down. OSU made three more stops setting up another fourth and inches. Thompson ended up breaking off a 59 yard touchdown run. 7-0 Red Raiders.

The Cowboys would respond on their next possession. They went 79 yards in eight plays resulting in Dezmon Jackson’s first career touchdown from two yards out. That squared things up at seven in the first.

That’s how the first quarter ended. OSU would notch a punt on Tech’s next possession. Spencer Sanders found Tylan Wallace on a 39 yard gain inside the ten. Then Dezmon Jackson found paydirt from seven yard out for his second of the day. 14-7 Pokes.

Sarodorick Thompson showed his burst on Tech’s next possession. He peeled off a 24 yard touchdown run on third and six with a zero blitz coming from OSU. The game was all square at 14.

But Dezmond Jackson’s incredible day continued. He broke off a 15 yard run and eventually capped off a drive scoring his third rushing touchdown from seven yards out. OSU on top 21-14.

The Cowboys did have a mishap on their next possession. Freshman running back Dominic Richardson of Bishop McGuinness fumbled the ball which led to a  Jonathan Garibay 44 yard field goal. OSU on top still though 21-17.

That was the halftime score. In the second half, OSU couldn’t get much going on their first drive and the turnover bug bit OSU again. Sanders threw a pick to  Zech McPhearson. Tech took over.

OSU got it right back though, Alan Bowman found Erik Ezukanma on an eight yard strike, but Malcolm Rodriguez popped the ball loose and Tre Sterling recovered it. Cowboy ball just like that.

The Cowboys couldn’t establish anything and on Tech’s next possession, Alan Bowman found Erik Ezukanma on a 48 yard touchdown strike and all of the sudden the Pokes trailed 24-21. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Tech went for the onside and Jason Taylor II took it to the house. Cowboys regained the lead 28-24.

More problems for Tech, Alan Bowman threw a 65 yard pick six to Tre Sterling. Oklahoma State would miss the extra point and the Cowboys held on to a 34-24 lead.

The next play after the kickoff, Xavier White took a handoff 70 yards for the touchdown to pull Tech to within three, 34-31.

Following that, the fireworks continued. Dezmon Jackson broke off 23 and 25 yard runs respectively. Then Spencer Sanders found Tylan Wallace on an incredible 27 yard throw and catch touchdown. OSU clinging to a ten point lead, 41-31.

Tre Sterling added to his already incredible day recovering a fumble and stopping Texas Tech on a fourth and one with a tackle for loss. Off of that, Jackson broke off a 21 yard run followed by a 14 yard run. He went over the 200 yard barrier on the day. Spencer Sanders capped off the drive with a nine yard touchdown run. OSU in control 48-31.

OSU’s defense didn’t stop. Calvin Bundage forced an intentional grounding on Alan Bowman as he sacked him in the end zone. OSU on top 50-31.

After the fireworks subsided a bit, Texas Tech slowed down, but managed to get back on the board. Alan Bowman hit Erik Ezukanma on a 32 yard strike. They would attempt a two point conversion trying to make up for the safety earlier in the quarter. However, they didn’t manage to get it. 50-37 OSU.

The on sanfu Jackson had on the day, he fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Eric Monroe. Tech made OSU pay. Alab Bowman hit Loic Fouonji on a 31 yard touchdown. All the sudden it was 50-44. Tech attempted the onside kick, but it only went six yards and then out of bounds. OSU ball.

OSU was held to a fourth down on the Tech 27, but Mike Gundy went for it and Dezmon Jackson broke off a 23 yard run and took a knee before scoring to seal the win. OSU survives 50-44.

Dezmon Jackson finished the day with 36 carries for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Spencer Sanders was 19-30, 222 yards a touchdown and an interception. He also notched 15 carries for 82 yards. Tylan Wallace led OSU with seven grabs for 129 yards and a touchdown.

OSU keeps their Big 12 title game hopes alive with just two games left. Next week OSU faces TCU on the road.

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