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OSU defense pitches shutout in blowout of Texas Tech

OKLAHOMA STATE 66, TEXAS TECH 6 — Second-ranked Oklahoma State moves to 10-0 for the first time in school history with a blowout win over Texas Tech. The only points the Cowboys gave up were on a fumble return for a touchdown.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: November 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm •  Published: November 12, 2011

Markelle Martin has already seen the Texas Tech offense this season.

He and the rest of the Oklahoma State defenders go up against it every day in practice.

In what was tabbed as a matchup between two of the most potent spread offenses in the nation, OSU’s defense did not allow a point in the No. 2 Cowboys' 66-6 victory over Tech on Saturday at Jones Stadium.

“It's kind of easy when you face our offense every day,” said Martin, who had three tackles Saturday. “It's stuff we see every day, so we're comfortable with it, we're better prepared.

“For us, it's just practice.”

One week after the OSU defense gave up 38 of Kansas State's 45 points and needed a goal-line stand in the final seconds to preserve a 52-45 win, the Cowboy defense put together its best performance of the season against the Red Raiders to push its record to 10-0 for the first time in school history.

“It definitely made up for how we played last week,” OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis said. “The good thing about it is last week, we got the win. And today, we got the win. That's all that matters.”

And the Pokes did not have to rely on forcing turnovers, as two of OSU's three takeaways came on special teams.

Instead, OSU allowed only 270 yards of total offense and forced seven punts. Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who ranked fifth in the nation with more than 351 passing yards per game entering Saturday, was held to 169 yards and no touchdowns.

By the time Tech (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) crossed into OSU territory in the second quarter, the Cowboys were already up 35-0. The Red Raiders never entered the red zone.

“They played with a lot of energy and they ran to the football,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Even when (Tech) did make a play, we were very physical in our tackling.

“Defensive football is about assignments and effort, being in the right spot, running to the football, and that's what they did.”

Only when a Joseph Randle fumble in the third quarter was scooped up and by Cornelius Douglas and returned 37 yards for a touchdown did Tech get on the board.

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