STILLWATER, Okla. — Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining to give Oklahoma State a 49-45 win over Texas Tech despite a career-best 646 yards passing from Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell.
Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) had a final chance to win but Jeremy Crabtree, the nation's leader in receptions and touchdown catches, let a 15-yard pass from Harrell bounce off his hands in the end zone after Oklahoma State cornerback Ricky Price flashed in front of him with 11 seconds remaining.
While Texas Tech amassed yards with the nation's second-ranked passing offense, Oklahoma State (2-2, 1-0) did much of its damage on the ground with three rushers surpassing 100 yards for the first time in school history.
Quarterback Zac Robinson ran for two scores and threw for another, while Dantrell Savage and Kendall Hunter each added touchdown runs. But the game was decided on a long passing play by the Cowboys.
Pettigrew caught a short pass from Robinson, turned and rumbled down the right sideline before diving across the goal line for the score to put the Cowboys ahead.
Harrell completed 46 of 67 passes with five touchdowns, and he also guided Tech into position for Alex Trlica's 20-yard field goal that gave the Red Raiders a 45-42 edge with 4:49 to play. But after Tech stopped the Cowboys once, the Red Raiders couldn't run the final 2:44 off the clock — throwing incompletions out of their spread set — and Oklahoma State scored on its first play from scrimmage after getting the ball back with 1:49 remaining.
Tech's Danny Amendola caught 13 passes for a career-high 192 yards and a score, and Crabtree caught three touchdown passes, but even Tech's 718 yards of total offense — the most ever allowed by the Cowboys — weren't enough to secure the win.