The Cowboys survived Lubbock in a game that came down to the wire. What does the win mean for Oklahoma State? What does the loss mean for Texas Tech? Mark Rogers and I break down the game and give our instant reactions.
One thing we didn’t get to in the quick recap was a couple of key injuries. Oklahoma State’s starting center left the game, which is significant as the offensive line is already taken quite a few blows. The good news is that Zach Crabtree made a return to the lineup, but it looked like he’s still bothered by the turf toe. For Texas Tech, standout receiver Keke Coutee left the game with an injury and did not return. He is a reliable weapon for Nic Shimonek, so hopefully he won’t miss significant time.
One other quick note, Oklahoma State should just give up short field goals. Kicker Matt Ammendola clanged two kicks off the right upright; a 19-yard attempt and a 22-yard attempt. This makes three kicks inside of 40 yards out that Ammendola has missed on the year, and he’s 8/12 overall.
I mentioned the effort by the Texas Tech defense in the instant recap, but I have to point it out again. Dakota Allen is a beast, and followed up his Big 12 Player of the Week performance with another great showing. The defense continually held Oklahoma State’s offense as the field condensed.
The Cowboys showed a new wrinkle by turning Rudolph into a zone read quarterback, which ultimately got them the win. They have teased it before, but they really leaned on it in the second half. Speaking of the Oklahoma State offense, it’s simply not fair. You cannot have Rudolph throwing to James Washington and his plethora of receivers along with Justice Hill slicing through defenses and then also ask defenses to stop a mobile Mason Rudolph.
Lastly, the Oklahoma State defense bounced back after a rough game against TCU. They held the Red Raiders to just 54 yards on the ground. Justin Stockton averaged just 2.3 yards per carry on 12 touches. To put that into perspective, he was averaging 6.5 yards per carry entering the game.
Moving forward, the Cowboys have a bye week up next while Texas Tech will head to Lawrence as they will look to bounce back against the Jayhawks.
The winner of Oklahoma State-Texas Tech has exclusive rights to finger guns for the rest of the year. Huge stakes.
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) October 1, 2017