Texas Tech thrives on big plays, already producing 38 gains of 25 yards or longer.
Overall, the Red Raiders are one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking No. 3 in passing offense, No. 5 in total offense and No. 18 in scoring offense.
“Texas Tech – they’re good,” said OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons. “They throw the ball around a lot, so we have to make sure we’re good on our coverages and tight on our receivers and not give up too many big plays.”
The Cowboys seem eager to match up, with a defense that ranks in the top 25 nationally in five categories – and just beyond in another, at No. 26 in total defense. OSU has allowed but 20 plays of 20 yards or longer.
“We’ve got guys on the same page, guys who want to get it done,” said Cowboys tackle James Castleman. “We’ve got great coaches giving us great information on what we’ve got to do, putting us in place to be successful. We’re able to execute game plans that they give us.”
One key in the game plan Saturday: getting a pass rush.
The Red Raiders are a hard team to sack, with their quick-release passing attack. Still, their quarterbacks have been sacked 15 times in eight games and the Cowboys have done a good job getting pressure. Eleven Cowboys have contributed to 16 sacks and the defense also has 18 quarterback hurries.
“We’ve got to get pressure this week,” Castleman said. “We know Tech is a good offense. We’ve got to do a lot of good things, more good things than bad things.”