TE Brandon Pettigrew
The big tight end had been quiet, dropping the only ball thrown his way, before catching the game-winning 54-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 to play.
Defenses are well aware of Pettigrew and Tech focused on him Saturday. But he must be more involved.
Tech quarterback Graham Harrell torched the Cowboys for 646 passing yards, the fourth-highest total in NCAA history, yet came up big in the fourth quarter with several breakups.
The Red Raiders rip up a lot of teams and OSU cornerback Martel Van Zant was limited by a sore foot. The Cowboys have concerns, yet they also revealed a glimmer of hope at crunch time.
C Andrew Lewis
Lewis shifted from guard to center after three-year starter David Washington was lost for the season with a broken leg. There was one fumbled snap, otherwise the offense didn't miss a beat.
After much consternation during the week, Lewis passed his first major test, as did an offensive line that required shuffling.
By John Helsley