Cowboys Sputter as Texas Tech Beats OSU in Lubbock

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Oklahoma State's football team couldn't overcome five turnovers and giving up nearly 600 yards of total offense, losing to Texas Tech 45-35 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.

OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders fumbled twice and threw three interceptions, and the OSU defense surrendered 586 yards to the Red Raiders.

OSU got the ball first, and on third down,  Sanders was sacked by Tony Bradford and Eli Howard and fumbled, with the ball recovered by Tech's Broderick Washington at the Cowboys' 26-yard line.

Tech had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Trey Wolff and led 3-0 with 12:49 to play in the first half.

The Cowboys moved the ball into Tech territory on their second possession, but on third down Sanders was sacked and OSU was forced to punt.

The two teams exchanged punts again, then Tech drove to the first touchdown of the game, with Jett Duffy keeping on a elusive run for a 16-yard touchdown, capping a six-play, 83-yard drive and giving the Red Raiders a 10-0 lead with 5:01 to play in the first quarter.

OSU's next possession ended in an 18-yard punt by Tom Hutton.

Texas Tech then took advantage and Wolff kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 13-0 with 1:03 to play in the first quarter.

OSU's next possession ended after just one play, with Sanders intercepted by Damarcus Fields, who returned it five yards to the OSU 33-yard line.

The Cowboys dodged that bullet though, as Wolff missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, hitting it off the left upright and it stayed 13-0.

Three plays into OSU's ensuing possession they turned it over again, with Sanders hit as threw and intercepted by Douglas Coleman, who returned it four yards to the Cowboys' 37-yard line.

Two plays later, Tech capitalized, with Duffy passing to KeSean Carter for a 14-yard touchdown that was upheld on replay review, making it 20-0 with 10:21 to play in the second quarter.

Each team then gave the ball up on downs on their next possession, with Sanders stopped short on 4th and 3 at the Tech 34-yard line.

Trace Ford sacked Duffy on 4th and 2 at the OSU 35-yard line to get the Cowboys the ball back.

Both teams then exchanged punts, and OSU drove to their first points, with Chuba Hubbard pushing a pile of players into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown to cap a 46-yard, 5-play drive to make it 20-7 Tech with 30 seconds left in the first half.

Tech got the ball to start the second half and marched 75 yards in seven plays, with Duffy passing in the end zone to T.J. Vasher for a 21-yard touchdown to put the Red Raiders up 27-7 with 13:02 to play in the third quarter.

Vasher had five catches for 110 yards.

OSU responded with their first true big play of the game on offense, a 73-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to Jordan McCray, cutting the Tech lead to 27-14 with 12:00  to play in the third quarter.

Tech drove to the OSU 15-yard line on the next possession, and were lined up to attempt a field goal on 4th and 2.

The Red Raiders faked it, but Patrick Curley was a yard short of the first down and OSU took over on their own 14-yard line.

The Cowboys couldn't take advantage though and had to punt after three downs.

Tech then drove to another touchdown, with Duffy passing to Dalton Rigdon for an 8-yard touchdown to cap a 59-yard, six-play drive and it was 34-14 Red Raiders with 5:48 to play in the third quarter.

OSU responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive, with Chuba Hubbard scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the Tech lead to 34-21 with 2:48 to play in the third quarter.

The Cowboys were driving to score again on their next possession, but Sanders was sacked by Jordyn Brooks and fumbled and former Carl Albert star Dadrion Taylor recovered for the Red Raiders at their own 30-yard line.

That set up a 26-yard field goal by Wolff to extend Tech's lead to 37-21 with 13:53 to play in the game.

Follwing an OSU punt, Tech marched 94 yards in six plays, with Duffy passing deep to Erik Ezukanma for a 56-yard touchdown.

Duffy passed to T.J. Vasher for the two-point conversion and it was 45-21 Red Raiders with 8:26 to play in the final quarter.

Duff was 26 of 44 for 424 yards passing and four touchdowns.

OSU responded with 10-play, 58-yard drive, with Hubbard scoring from 7 yards out, then scoring on a two-point conversion run to make it 45-29 Red Raiders with 5:16 to play.

Hubbard had 156 yards rushing on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns.

The Cowboys executed an onside kick, and Dillon Stoner recovered at the Tech 35-yard line.

OSU scored six plays later, with Sanders passing to Wallace for a 10-yard touchdown.

Sanders was stopped on a run on the 2-point conversion attempt and it was 45-35 Tech with 3:27 to play.

Wallace had 11 catches for 85 yards.

Sanders finished 22 of 37 passing for 290 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

OSU forced a Tech punt, but on the Cowboys' ensuing possession, Sanders was intercepted by Coleman, who got his second pick of the day and third in two weeks.

OSU had won 9 the last 10 against Texas Tech, and five straight in Lubbock.

The Cowboys drop to 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play.

OSU is off next weekend, then hosts Baylor on October 19.










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