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.
"We hadn't seen a running team like Texas and we didn't match up very well at all," Tuberville said. "We're not that big. We didn't tackle very well, but third down has just been a killer for us. We're not a great defensive team by any stretch of the imagination in terms of just going out and stopping somebody 1-2-3-and-out, but sooner or later you get people in third and long. At Oklahoma, I think six times (actually seven) they went three-and-out. That gave our offense an opportunity."
Here's what OSU coach Mike Gundy said during Monday's teleconference:
Given how exhausting Saturday night's game was against KSU, will there be any different preparation this week against Texas Tech?
"That's the million-dollar question as a coaching staff you try to make sure you're getting enough reps to be prepared for the game, but you also want to make sure your guys are fresh. So we've just kind of decided to go with routine with what we've done the last 2½ months, just try to stay consistent with what we've done and hopefully the guys will be ready on Saturday."
Any special challenges playing in Lubbock?
"It's the same as always. You're going out there to play a team that's going to play fast and put the ball in the air offensively. I think at this point in the season, our challenge is (to) take care of the football and try to be as sound as possible."
How do you stay focused from now until the Oklahoma game on Dec. 3?
"There's just so much going on right now. Our players are aware of the BCS show (Sunday night), they're being told they're having a great year. Everywhere you go it's 'Make sure to keep it going,' this and that. So really it's no different than what we've gone through now for three or four weeks. We just have to stay focused and absorb information in meetings and have good practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."
What's the secret to getting on a scoring run like you guys frequently have been able to do?
"One, I think good players. Guys who are impacting our offense when we're scoring fast like that are guys who are really good football players."
Do you think more people want to watch a game like LSU-Alabama or your game?
"If I was sitting at home watching a game, I would have thought our game would have been pretty entertaining, one of those games where you're not sure you want to get up and go to the bathroom or get something to eat. I don't know. Obviously everybody's got their opinion. I'd guess most people who live in the southeast part of the country love to watch the LSU-Alabama game and I'm going to guess most people that live west of the Mississippi all the way out to the Pacific Ocean probably like our style of game because they're used to that style. I guess it's whatever you want."