“I can't cook. But I can try. My favorite dish to cook is maybe Hamburger Helper, because it's pretty much the easiest …
“Basketball is the sport I maybe would have played if it had not been for football. That's just one that I always play outside of football. A couple of years I played in an intramural league. We almost made it to the championship. We were like one game away. I can dunk. My favorite player is (Derrick) Rose and I try to base my game off of him. Dunking, shooting, driving into the lane. That's pretty much all I do.”
OPPONENT WATCH: TECH READY TO RESPOND
OSU's roster, almost top to bottom, can claim a history of total success in the series with Texas Tech.
Kye Staley, a sixth-year senior, was inactive as a redshirt freshman the last time the Red Raiders won in 2008. Only Tyler Patmon has been on the field in losses to Tech — when he was at Kansas.
So the Cowboys carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game, including routs the past two meetings: 66-6 in 2011 and 59-21 a year ago.
It's a trend that resonates in Lubbock, too.
“I just think that they've had our number the last couple of seasons,” said Red Raiders receiver Jace Amaro. “But this is a new year, a new season, and we're not playing as last year.
“I know we lost, and the year before that we lost pretty big, too. We have no other mindset. Just we're going to prepare the same way. It's just another team.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY