Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has lived through plenty of shootouts with Texas Tech.
He’s been forced to try to devise offenses to outscore Tech, too.
Not so much Saturday night.
The defense did its job, overcoming a mid-week loss of safety Victor Johnson,
whom Gundy confirmed has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.
"When you go into a game that you’re playing a team that is going to attempt 58 passes and you lose a defensive back,” Gundy said, "when you’re going to be playing a lot of nickle and dime coverage, it can be a little difficult to swallow as a team.
"Our defensive coaches are able to push it aside and continue to game plan at times when it is a little scary knowing you’re going into a game with just two safeties against a team that throws so much.”
Why, oh, why?
Texas Tech repeatedly tested OSU senior cornerback Perrish Cox.
The senior from Waco, Texas, rose to the occasion with two interceptions, three pass breakups and four tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Asked if he wondered what the Red Raiders were thinking when they kept throwing the ball his way, Cox said: "No. I’m thinking... ‘Thank you! Keep trying me!’ I had two interceptions, should have had three.”
Entering the game, the Cowboys had allowed just four sacks, the fewest in the country.
Tech had three sacks of Zac Robinson
The Cowboys protected better in the second half, allowing no more sacks, while Robinson ran for big gains.
Revolving QB Door
Texas Tech started Taylor Potts
at quarterback, but on the game’s fifth possession, he was replaced by Steven Sheffield.
Potts eventually returned, only to be replaced again by Sheffield.
"I thought he was OK,” Red Raider coach Mike Leach
said of Potts who threw an early interception. "I figured we’d put Sheffield in and see how that went, and he kind of sparked things.”
Sheffield, though, threw two interceptions of his own.
"They’re both inconsistent,” Leach said, "and at some point, we’ve got to just be consistent.”
"Jump Up” blared from the BPS sound system in the moments before the second-half kickoff.
The Red Raiders seemed to enjoy it most, doing all the jumping, bouncing around, up and down the Tech sideline.
Tech’s game-day roster featured seven players from Oklahoma. And several showed up in a big way.
Tech’s Okie flavor: receiver Cornelius Douglas
of Lawton High; defensive tackle Pearlie Graves
of Tulsa East Central; running back Harrison Jeffers
of Lawton Eisenhower; offensive lineman Joe King
of Putnam City North; cornerback LaRon Moore
of Midwest City; receiver Tremain Swindall
of Millwood and nose tackle Colby Whitlock
Moore, Whitlock and Swindall started for the Red Raiders.