Cowboys Clinch Big 12 Championship Game Berth With Win over Texas Tech


LUBBOCK, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Spencer Sanders #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys passes the ball during the first half of the college football game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Oklahoma State’s football team got another dominant performance from their defense and beat Texas Tech 23-0 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday night.

The win clinches a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game for the Cowboys, their first ever appearance in the game.

OSU’s defense held Tech to 108 total yards

Texas Tech punted after three downs to start the game, and the Cowboys’ first possession ended in a 24-yard field goal by Tanner Brown and it was 3-0 OSU with 10:02 to play in the first quarter.

Both teams exchanged punts after three down possessions, then Tech had their drive end on downs when Donovan Smith threw a deep pass incomplete on 4th and 5 from the OSU 37-yard line.

The teams exchanged punts again, and OSU then tacked on three more points on a 33-yard field goal by Brown to make it 6-0 Cowboys with 10:19 to play in the second quarter.

The drive was highlighted by passes from Sanders to Tay Martin for 37 and to Blaine Green for 18.

Martin had 7 catches for 130 yards.

The next three possessions all ended in punts, and then OSU put together the first touchdown drive, going 80 yards in 13 plays.

Sanders passed to a wide open John Paul Richardson for a 14-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 13-0 with 26 seconds left in the first half.

Sanders was 19-for-38 passing for 239 yards.

The Cowboys got a turnover early in the third quarter when Tyler Lacy knocked the ball loose and Malcolm Rodriguez recovered at the Tech 25-yard line.

That set up a Brown 19-yard field goal to make it 16-0 Cowboys with 9:49 to play in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys added to the lead, completing a 9-play, 75-yard drive, with Sanders keeping on a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 23-0 OSU with 14:26 to play.

OSU has won 11 of the last 13 meetings against Texas Tech.

The Cowboys improved to 10-1 overall, their 10th 10-win season in school history, and 7-1 in Big 12 play.

OSU closes the regular season by hosting Oklahoma next Saturday at 6:30 pm.

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