STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State defense thought its day was done.
But after Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson took a brutal hit that caused him to fumble, the Cowboys' defenders were back on the field, forced to stop a late game comeback attempt by Texas Tech.
OSU passed its final test of the night, stopping the Red Raiders to earn a 24-17 win at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
The Cowboys got its final defensive stop of the day when former Millwood receiver Tramain Swindall dropped a pass on fourth-and-three at the OSU 49-yard line.
"They didn't flinch," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "That's a tribute to the defensive staff."
Before Swindall's drop, the Red Raiders had moved the ball to around midfield. But two straight incompletions followed by a six-yard pass to Baron Batch, set up the fourth down play. Swindall tried to run before he secured the ball and the Cowboys defense got the stop it needed to cement the win.
"It put it in perfect hands," senior Perrish Cox said of the late game turnover. "That was the perfect time for the defense to show that we can step up and make the big play."