OSU notebook: Reeling Texas Tech readying for Cowboys

BY JOHN HELSLEY AND JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writers, jhelsley@opubco.com; jrohde@opubco Published: November 7, 2011

Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak with a shocking 41-38 upset over the Sooners just three Saturdays ago.

Equally as shocking is how bad the Red Raiders have looked since.

First came a 41-7 loss at home against an Iowa State team that at the time was winless in conference play. Then came a 52-20 drubbing at Texas, which shoved aside Texas Tech for 439 rushing yards and 8.1 yards-per-attempt.

Now the Red Raiders (5-4) get No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State (9-0).

And Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the Cowboys have his team's attention.

“All they've got to do is look at film,” Tuberville said. “Things get tougher in this league. Everybody's got good players. Everybody's got good quarterbacks. Everybody can play on both sides of the ball. We've just got to keep worrying about ourselves.”

Saturday's 11 a.m. contest on ABC will match two of the nation's top offenses against two of the most generous defenses. OSU ranks No. 3 in total offense and No. 110 in total defense. Tech ranks No. 11 in total offense and No. 108 in total defense.

“We've struggled obviously in every game this year defensively,” Tuberville said Monday. “Offensively, I think we've been pretty good at times and at times we haven't been so good.

“This is a team sport. We're just trying to get both groups to play as well as they possibly can at the same time. And if we do, we'll have a chance to win.”

JONES CALLING FOR RESPECT

OSU defensive end Richetti Jones has heard the critics of the Cowboys.

And he's got his own criticism of them.

“When you listen to everybody talk, it's always something,” Jones said. “They're always talking about the SEC, Stanford, this team, that team. They're going crazy. They have their favorites and their favorite conferences.

“You don't have to like us or respect us, but we're here. And we're not going anywhere.”

More from Jones: “If it was left up to all the commentators and the analysts, you wouldn't see teams like us get a chance at trying to play for the national championship. The only people who would get a chance would be the prestigious universities.

“Most of them don't even watch the game. They're just worried about stats and numbers. What do you really know? Did you watch the game? Or are you just going off the stat sheet? That's what I don't get, these guys get on TV and they bash us, but what game were you watching? You weren't watching our game. You were at your game, GameDay, doing what you're paid to do. But yet, when you talk about Oklahoma State, you pick up a piece of paper.”

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