If this was the pre-1984 TV rights era, and you are an alum of either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State without a strong enough AM signal, you would turn to a write-up like this one looking to know exactly what happened on Halloween in Lubbock, Texas. If you are familiar with the 2015 version of Texas Tech or Oklahoma State in this same scenario you would look to the box score and see it looks the way you suspected: plenty of offensive yards and plenty of scoring. However, since it is 2015 and you have likely consumed the game through Cable, ESPN3 and Twitter by now and know the route to the 70-53 Oklahoma State road victory was no bell curve.
The first leg of the route was dominated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, as the first four offensive snaps averaged for over 41 yard gains. After jumping to that quick 14-0 lead the Red Raiders picked off the Cowboy’s Mason Rudolph on the following drive and by 6:21 left in the first quarter had added another three points in form of a 42 yard field goal.
Oklahoma State found a way to brush off the mental yips immediately behind a 23 yard Rennie Childs run, a David Glidden 19 yard reception and a double pass nearly turned broken play finding Blake Jarwin near the pile-on in under two minutes. But the momentum turn was quickly stifled as Tech’s little-big-man Jakeem Grant took the ensuing kickoff coast to coast reclaiming that 17 point lead 24-7. The Cowboys responded by integrating the quarterback run game to climb within 14-24 before the start of quarter two.
Grant added a touchdown reception to start the second quarter, and went down with an ankle injury. Grant would return to the game, but it would be the defensive side that actually saw a player get sent to the locker room with no return. In this scenario it was redshirt Freshman CB Jah’Shawn Johnson being called for targeting and ejected upheld through the review (more on this later). The Cowboys capitalize following the personal foul penalty getting to the redzone and stamping the drive with a four yard TD run from 4th string RB Raymond Tayler. Sitting at 21-31, the Cowboy defense finally comes up with a stop and the offense turns that opportunity into another touchdown. Ultimately Tech responded, and a bobbled Hail Mary attempt to David Glidden denies the tit-for-tat continuing to keep the tally at Oklahoma State 28, Texas Tech 38 heading into half.
Since the term shootout had been worn out by halftime, neither team realized their six-shooter chambers in the third quarter were empty or down to two rounds. A quarter which featured a punt team on the field seven times between the two squads, and two failed 4th down conversions. Oklahoma State was responsible for all 14 points, which meant they went into the fourth quarter with their first lead at 42-38.
By the time the final quarter rolled around, it the 127th total defense of Texas Tech’s finally showed its true colors. The Cowboys offense added 21 points, only to point out that for whatever positive mojo the Red Raiders had in the first half had all but evaporated. It is safe to say that Tech has comparable talent to the Pokes offensively (and with a running back like DeAndre Washington, could argue more balanced) and on Special teams. In the end, what won out was outweighing the Red Raiders heavily in both the defensive and intangibles department. America needs to take note, this 2015 Oklahoma State Cowboy team just knows how to win.
|3rd Down Eff||7-14||10-17|
|4th Down Eff||1-1||1-3|
|Yds Per Pass||11.1||8.7|
|Yds Per Rush||5.1||4.2|
Key Point In The Game
In a third quarter that featured about anything and everything you could expect out of the punt formation, it was the fourth time a punt team took the field that the game redirected towards its eventual outcome. Tech let a punt ride at 9:09 left in the quarter when Jalen Mcklesky took the ball off a wicked bounce 67 yards to the six-point depository. With both offenses to that point struggling to find their way after half, it was the first time the Cowboys had been within three points of Tech since 28-31, which had only lasted 2:51 on the game clock. This three point deficit would last longer, but turn into a lead this time instead of a greater deficit.
Emptying The Notebook
59 – Yards that an interception was returned for a touchdown by Oklahoma State’s Raymon Richards in games final seconds.
70 – First time in school history that Oklahoma State scored 70 points in a conference game.
123 – Total points in the game, well in excess of the 79.0 O/U.
210 – First quarter all-purpose yards for Jakeem Grant.
355 – First half Total yards for Oklahoma State which was the most this season.
I think if JahShawn Johnson isn’t out then Tech wins that game.
— Texas Tech Edits (@TTUedits) October 31, 2015
There is no doubt the Red Raider defense was playing one of its best games in conference play to this point in the game up 31-14 at the time cornerback JahShawn Johnson got called for targeting. Johnson known for being one of the guys who helps call some of the defensive play calls and adjust those in front of him. We shall never know how the game looks if Johnson plays the whole time, but just another chapter in the Big 12’s rough season for officiating. Have a see for yourself.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 31, 2015
Remember reading “anything and everything you could expect out of the punt formation” ?
PUNTERS ARE ATHLETES TOO pic.twitter.com/BtlcvQu8YF
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) October 31, 2015