Somewhat lost in OSU's wild win over Kansas State: heavy contribution from Tracy Moore.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon did their thing, connecting often and in the clutch to highlight the passing game. But Moore posted career highs for receptions (9) and yards (146) and scored a touchdown.
Playing Moore in the slot, on the same side as Blackmon, can create difficult choices for defenses.
“Having Tracy on the same side of the field allows you to do more and do certain things,” Weeden said. “They can't cover them both at the same time. He's had a great year. His numbers aren't as crazy as they were last year, but he's still having a heck of a year.”
Moore's production has been sporadic, with his role dependant on how team's approach the Cowboys and on who outside of Blackmon draws the more favorable matchup. Still, Weeden said Moore remains ready.
“His attitude has been unbelievable,” Weeden said. “He's not a guy that's selfish. He doesn't complain when he doesn't get the ball. You only have one football to go around, unfortunately. You can't throw it to four guys at the same time.
“You have to take what the defense gives you and (against K-State) we had a lot of plays drawn up to get Tracy the ball and get him involved. Early on, he was able to do that. I was happy with the way he played. He's stayed focused and has really impressed me.”
RED RAIDER REVIEW
At 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12, this season hasn't gone as hoped for Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders enter Saturday's game against OSU on a two-game losing streak, absorbing beatings from Iowa State and Texas. Those setbacks came after the team's greatest victory – a 41-38 win at Oklahoma.
What gives? Cowboys coach Mike Gundy can't explain it.
“It's hard to say what goes through these guys' minds and causes them to perform at a really high level, or not perform at a level as high as they would want to,” said Gundy. “They have the capability of moving the ball, scoring fast and scoring quite a few points.
“And then defensively, there's been times where they've played really good. As far as how or why the roller-coaster (season), I can't explain that.”
Of OSU's top 10 passing games ever, Weeden has produced four, with three coming this season.
Weeden's 502-yard effort Saturday against Kansas State ranks No. 1 on the list, followed by his 438-yard performance at Texas A&M earlier. His 397-yard game against Arizona is No. 9.
Despite starting less than two full seasons to this point, he's on the doorstep of more Cowboys history, ranking third in career passing yards and second in career touchdown passes.
Weeden should claim both marks soon. He trails No. 2 Gundy by 52 yards and No. 1 Zac Robinson by 572 yards. He's just two TD tosses shy of Robinson on that list.
COWBOYS JUNIOR VARSITY?
It's uncertain where he heard it, but Tech quarterback Seth Doege seems to be taking offense to apparent unflattering comparisons between the Red Raiders offense and OSU's.
We've “kind of been named Oklahoma State's almost JV squad,” Doege said during Tech's Monday press luncheon in Lubbock. “And so we kind of take that personal.”
Doege said the Raiders plan to prove their worth Saturday against the Cowboys.
“We want to get better every day,” Doege said. “And that's our plan is to go out and prove every practice and be ready for this game to show we're not a JV squad, that we're a really good offense and a really good football team. That when we do things right, we're going to be hard to beat.”