WEST TEXAS WIN STREAK
Winning at Texas Tech is never easy.
Oklahoma State has just made it look that way.
With Saturday night's 52-34 victory, the Cowboys became the first team to win three consecutive games over the Red Raiders in Lubbock since Nebraska did it in 1994, 1996 and 2000. And the three OSU wins haven't been close. In 2010, the Cowboys won in Lubbock 34-17, and in 2011, they won 66-6.
That means OSU has won by a combined 95 points in its last three games at Texas Tech.
INJURIES HIT SECONDARY
Injuries continue to thin the Cowboy secondary.
Tyler Patmon got his second start as a Cowboy, replacing Kevin Peterson at cornerback. Peterson left last week's game at Iowa State with a presumed injury and didn't even travel to Texas Tech.
Patmon, the senior transfer from Kansas, finished with six tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break up.
The Cowboy secondary continued to thin when Shamiel Gary went down with an injury late in the first half. He didn't play in the second half and was replaced largely by freshman Deric Robertson.
Safety Daytawion Lowe and linebacker Joe Mitchell also missed snaps during the game because of injuries.
“You don't really want to be short secondary players when you're playing that type of offense,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said.
OSU FINDS LINE CONTINUITY
For the first time all season, OSU started the same five offensive linemen in back-to-back games: center Jake Jenkins, guards Parker Graham and Blake Webb, and tackles Daniel Koenig and Brandon Garrett.
That unit played most of the way two weeks ago against TCU, but Chris Grisbhy actually started that game.
COWBOY BLOCK PARTY
Texas Tech senior Ryan Erxleben has only had three punts blocked in his career. All have come against the Cowboys.
Derek Branson, a junior walk-on fullback from McKinney, Texas, bolted through the Tech line and blocked a punt almost off Erxleben's foot. Branson recovered at the Tech 15-yard line with 4:53 left in the first quarter.
OSU scored four plays later to take a 21-0 lead.
Zack Craig blocked two Erxleben punts last season in Stillwater, including one that he returned for a touchdown.
WRINKLE FOR STEWART
The Cowboys have often said that they want to get the ball in Josh Stewart's hands, and Saturday, they found a new way to do it.
They lined Stewart up in the backfield.
It happened twice in the first quarter where Stewart shifted from his normal wide out position to be lined up right behind quarterback Clint Chelf. Stewart got the ball on both occasions, picking up 6 yards on his first carry and losing 2 yards on his second one.
WAS THAT A FUMBLE?
The Cowboy defense came up with two first-half turnovers, and it was nearly three.
With less than a minute to go before halftime, Red Raider quarterback Davis Webb scrambled. He stayed on his feet and kept moving forward as Cowboy defenders converged. Before he went down, Calvin Barnett yanked the ball out of his hands, and Patmon picked it up and ran it into the end zone.
But officials ruled that Webb's forward progress had stopped.
“I don't understand that,” Gundy said, “but I guess it is what it is.”
The play could not be reviewed — forward progress is not a reviewable play — and despite protests from the OSU sideline, Texas Tech kept the ball.
FOURTH AND GOAL
The Cowboys faced fourth and 1 from inside the 5-yard line twice, went for it both times and scored touchdown on both plays.
Asked about the decision to go for it, Gundy said that defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was part of it. Spencer clicked over onto the offensive coaches' conversation on the headsets and said he thought the Cowboys needed touchdowns not field goals.
“It's not as easy on the road,” Gundy said. “We felt like we needed points.”
The Cowboys got them, first with a 1-yard pass from Chelf to Jeremy Seaton, then with a 3-yard run from Desmond Roland.
The Cowboys were 6 for 6 in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on each of those possessions.
FIRST OSU TARGETING PENALTY
Targeting was the talk of the preseason, but it took eight-plus games before OSU was called for the penalty.
Lyndell Johnson was called for targeting on a hit on Texas Tech receiver Jace Amaro in the third quarter. The call was reviewed, as all targeting penalties are, and the ejection that comes with the targeting penalty was overturned and Johnson was allowed to stay in the game.
But that the call was made in the first place — it results in a 15-yard penalty regardless of whether the ejection is overturned — incensed the Cowboy sideline. Referees whistled the sideline for unsportsmanlike conduct and another 15-yard penalty.
OSU wore orange helmets, white jerseys and white pants, the first time it had worn the combination since it began mixing uniform combinations at the start of the 2011 season. ... The Cowboys have now scored 20 or more points in 47 consecutive games, dating back to the start of the 2010 season. That's the longest active streak in the country and the second longest since the Division-I split in 1978 (USC, 63 games, Sept. 2, 2002 to Nov. 25, 2006). ... OSU has won 10 of its last 11 games in the state of Texas.