LUBBOCK, Texas — Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant recorded similar stats.
Their impact on the game was not comparable.
Crabtree hauled in eight catches for 89 yards, constantly helped Texas Tech move the chains and scored three touchdowns in Tech’s 56-20 win Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Bryant, OSU’s star receiver, finished with four catches for 86 yards and no touchdowns.
It’s the zero TDs stat that stands out. Bryant has scored 17 touchdowns this season, all at Boone Pickens Stadium.
On a night the Cowboys needed a big play to bolster a struggling defense, Bryant never could find the end zone.
“It’s been tougher on the road but I’m not going to use that as an excuse,” Bryant said. “They doubled me a lot but we have a lot of other playmakers. Tonight we just got beat. We didn’t play our best.”
Bryant supplied a couple of big catches in the third quarter. By then Texas Tech was leading 35-14.
Crabtree had a TD catch in the second quarter and two more TD receptions in the third quarter.
“I was just doing my job and making routine plays,” Crabtree said. “It came out to be three touchdowns.”
Despite posting a win over then No. 1 ranked Texas last week, Crabtree and his teammates felt several analysts have doubted the legitimacy of the Red Raiders being a national title contender.
“I feel every week we have something to prove,” Crabtree said. “Week after week they seem to come up with something about us not having a this or that. So every time we come out and we’ve got to play. That’s what I put into everyone’s head.”