OSU football preparing to take on up-and-down Texas Tech

OSU FOOTBALL — It's been three weeks since Texas Tech played the shocker of the college football season and upset No. 1 Oklahoma. But the Red Raiders two games since have been anything but impressive.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2011
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On a stormy night in Norman on Oct. 22, Texas Tech beat what many believed was the best football team in the Big 12 and perhaps the nation.

The two Saturdays since then have been dark and gloomy experiences for the Red Raiders.


Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak with a shocking 41-38 upset over the Sooners. Equally as shocking is how bad the Red Raiders have looked since.

First came a 41-7 loss at home against an Iowa State team that at the time was winless in conference play.

Then came a 52-20 drubbing at Texas, which shoved aside Texas Tech for 439 rushing yards and 8.1 yards-per-attempt.

Up next for the Red Raiders (5-4) is a meeting with No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State (9-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lubbock.

Asked how he'll prepare his players for the explosive Cowboys, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said, "All they've got to do is look at film. Things get tougher in this league. Everybody's got good players. Everybody's got good quarterbacks. Everybody can play on both sides of the ball. We've just got to keep worrying about ourselves."

Saturday's contest on ABC will match two of the nation's top offenses against two of the most generous defenses. OSU ranks No. 3 in total offense and No. 110 in total defense. Tech ranks No. 11 in total offense and No. 108 in total defense.

“We've struggled obviously in every game this year defensively," Tuberville said during Monday's weekly Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "Offensively, I think we've been pretty good at times and at times we haven't been so good. This is a team sport. We're just trying to get both groups to play as well as they possibly can at the same time. And if we do, we'll have a chance to win."

Against OU, Red Raiders junior quarterback Seth Doege completed 33 of 52 passes for 441 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

OSU counters with senior quarterback Brandon Weeden, who last week threw for a school-record 502 yards in a 52-45 survival against Kansas State in Stillwater. Complementing the attack, sophomore running back Joseph Randle is averaging 101.7 yards rushing per game, 6.1 yards-per-carry and is second nationally in scoring at 13.3 points per game with 20 touchdowns.

"They've got a quarterback who doesn't get rattled, doesn't get hit very often," Tuberville said. "They've really improved their running game I think from last year in what they're doing. They do good play-action pass. They've got receivers who can catch the ball. They're explosive. They can score from anywhere on the field at anytime. They can score a lot of points. They're a totally different team than we saw last week in Texas. It'll be a different strategy. You've just got to change gears and look at different player personnel that we'll play during the week and see what happens."

The Cowboys have proven they can throw on anybody. On Saturday, they also might be able to run at will. By facing the Red Raiders, the Longhorns were able to rush for 400-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1977.



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