OSU seemed certain of victory late at Texas Tech, leading 52-34 in the final minutes.
Still, the Cowboys defense played for pride, grinding out a goal-line stand, stopping the Red Raiders four straight times – five including a play negated by an offside call – after a pass interference penalty had put the ball at the OSU 2.
On fourth down from the 1, linebacker Caleb Lavey stopped Tech running back Kenny Williams for a 1-yard loss. That was play No. 100 for the defense.
“I don’t know if words can describe how I was feeling or how my defensive teammates were feeling at that time,” said Cowboys tackle Calvin Barnett. “Even for the offense to know, ‘Man, look at what they just did.’ And for our fan base to know that we were still able to hold it up. Those were the plays from 95 to 100 in that whole game. That’s the most snaps we’ve taken all year.
“For us being able to do that was really just a statement. It was about putting up a statement for everybody to see.”
OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer saw and took notice, with pride.
“Unbelievable,” Spencer said. “The game is (over), but they just decided, ‘You are not scoring.’”