The Cowboys entered this game as a 10-point favorite, but nobody told that to Texas Tech. Nothing went right for Oklahoma State in Lubbock as the Red Raiders officially have a win-streak going against the Pokes.
The Pokes fumbled on their opening drive to hand the Red Raiders a field goal. The offense continued to struggle in the first half against an aggressive Texas Tech defense. The Red Raiders lived in the Oklahoma State backfield. Through the Cowboy’s first 11 plays, Texas Tech dropped the Pokes behind the line of scrimmage six times.
The Cowboys went fumble, punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, interception, turnover on downs and punt on their opening 9 drives. It doesn’t get much uglier than that.
The Red Raiders used their defensive performance to help get their offense going under backup quarterback Jett Duffey. It took a bit for the Red Raiders to capitalize, but eventually they did, and they jumped out to a 20-0 lead.
The only bright spot for the Cowboys in the first half was a quick score just before the half to go into the break down 20-7.
Things opened up a bit in the second half. Texas Tech came out of the break and marched down the field in seven plays for the score, but the Cowboys answered right back as they started to find their footing.
The Red Raiders and the Cowboys traded scores once more before another Oklahoma State fumble blew the game open for Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State tried to make things interesting in the fourth quarter. Chuba Hubbard punched it in from seven yards out to make it 45-27, and then Hubbard converted the 2-point conversion to make it a 16-point game. Oklahoma State then recovered the onside kick and scored again six plays later to make it 45-35. The Pokes were not able to convert on the 2-point conversion this time around, or recover the onside kick, and Texas Tech eventually iced the game as Douglas Coleman III picked off Spencer Sanders with 1:15 left in the game.
Texas Tech had some offensive struggles heading into the game, but five extra possessions can go a long way to solving those issues. Jett Duffey is starting to find his stride in this offense. He struggled to dial in the deep ball, but completed 26 of his 44 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns.
For quarterback Spenser Sanders, it was a rough day. The redshirt freshman tried to do too much at times and it cost him as he was responsible for all five turnovers. One of Sander’s fumbles was forced by Jordyn Brooks, who I cannot let this quick take recap end without mentioning. The senior linebacker caused havoc with 19 total tackles, three sacks, four tackles for a loss and the forced fumble.
It was the Red Raider’s first Big 12 win of the Matt Wells era, and their first win over Oklahoma State in Lubbock since the Mike Leach era. We’ll have more on this game with the team recaps, but for now, there’s going to be some celebrating in Lubbock tonight.