Cowboys Win Wild One in West Texas Over Red Raiders

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Oklahoma State matched Texas Tech big play for big play, beating the Red Raiders 70-53 Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock on Saturday, October 31.

The Cowboys earned their 10th straight win, piling up 662 yards of total offense, and also giving up 642 to Tech.

Texas Tech got the ball first and took just three plays to score, as Reginald Davis gained 31 yards on the first snap of the game, then Patrick Mahomes found Justin Stockton wide open down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

The next time Tech got the ball, they took over on their own three-yard line, but in one play advanced from the shadow of their own goal line to OSU's, as Mahomes passed to Jakeem Grant, who weaved his way 90 yards to the Cowboys 7-yard line.

Two plays later, Mahomes passed to Stockton for a 3-yard touchdown and it was 14-0 Red Raiders with 9:34 to play in the first quarter.

OSU's next possession ended with an interception, as Dakota Allen picked off Mason Rudolph, returning it 3 yards to the OSU 38, setting up a 42-yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield to put Tech up 17-0 with 6:21 to play in the first quarter.

The Cowboys finally managed to sustain a drive the next time they got the ball, going 75 yards in 8 plays, with a double pass converting the drive into points, as Rudolph passed to Austin Hays in the flat, who then threw to Blake Jarwin for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Tech lead to 17-7 with 4:25 to play in the first quarter.

The Red Raiders immediately answered, as Jakeem Grant returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead back to 17 at 24-7.

OSU responded with an 82-yard drive in 9 plays, with Rudolph passing to Austin Hays in the left back corner of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the Tech lead to 24-14 with under a minute to play in the first quarter.

Rudolph was 21 of 35 passing for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas Tech came back early in the second quarter to rebuild their 17-point advantage, with Mahomes passing to Grant for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 31-14 with 11:35 to play in the second qurarter.

OSU once again answered with their own touchdown, as Raymond Taylor capped a 67-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 31-21 Red Raiders.

OSU forced a Tech punt and cut the lead down to three, going 64 yards in seven plays, with Rudolph passing to Brandon Sheperd, who made a bobbling catch for a 31-yard touchdown, making it 31-28 Tech with 3:37 to play in the first half.

The Red Raiders extended the lead once again, going 62 yards in 8 plays, with Mahomes sneaking in from a yard out to make it 38-28 with 46 seconds left in the first half.

Early in the second half, OSU answered Tech's special teams touchdown with one of their own, as Jalen McCleskey fielded a punt on the bounce and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Red Raiders' lead to 38-35.

After a Tech fumble late in the third quarter, OSU took their first lead, as Raymond Taylor scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to make it 42-38 Cowboys.

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Early in the fourth quarter, Tech regained the lead when Mahomes passed to Ian Sadler for a 20-yard touchdown, making it 45-42 Red Raiders with 12:40 to play in the game.

OSU then made three big plays to take control of the game.

The first came on the first snap on the Cowboys' next possession, as J.W. Walsh kept for a gain of 63 yards to the Tech 1-yard line.

Walsh scored on the next play to put the Pokes back on top, and this time for good at 49-45.

Walsh was 4-for-5 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and added 80 yards rushing on 8 carries to lead OSU in that category.

Michael Hunter ended Tech's ensuing possession with an interception of Mahomes, and that's when OSU hit another big play on offense, with James Washington going 75 yards on a reverse for a touchdown, putting the Cowboys up 56-45.

Tech responded with a 75-yard drive, with De'Andre Washington scoring from four yards out cut the OSU lead to 56-53.

Washington had the answer again, catching a pass from Walsh and going 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Cowboys a 63-53 lead with 3:50 to play.

Washington finished with four catches for 200 yards.

OSU finished the scoring in the final seconds, as Ramon Richards intercepted Mahomes and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown with 6 seconds left to reach the final score of 70-53.

The 70 points matched OSU's highest point total in a Big 12 game, equalling the 70 they scored against Kansas in 2011.

OSU has won four straight over Texas Tech in Lubbock, improving to 8-0 on the season and 5-0 in Big 12 play.

The Cowboys host TCU next Saturday, November 7, at 2:30.








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