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Tech halted when it counted most
OSU prevails despite giving up a record 718 total yards

By Mike Baldwin Modified: September 23, 2007 at 12:44 am •  Published: September 23, 2007
Oklahoma State's defense surrendered 718 total yards.

Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 646 yards and five touchdowns.

Here comes the strange part.

OSU won 49-45 Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium. And the defense played a key role.

"It definitely was an emotional roller coaster,” said defensive end Nathan Peterson. "That's what it felt like. It was stressful. We knew early it would be a shootout, that we'd have to step up and make some big plays.”

The 718 yards allowed were the most by an OSU defense in the program's 106-year history.

Harrell's 646 yards was the fourth highest passing total in NCAA history, 158 more than Jerry Rhome, the previous record holder who threw for 488 against the Cowboys in 1964.

"The most important thing is we won the game,” said linebacker Donovan Woods. "They don't determine wins and losses by how many yards you have. It comes down to who scores more points.”

After struggling the first half, OSU's defense produced stops on six of the Red Raiders' eight second-half possessions.

Cornerback Jacob Lacey, burned much of the day, was the star on the final two Tech possessions. A Lacey pass breakup against Tech freshman star wide receiver Michael Crabtree forced the Red Raiders to punt in a game in which there were only four punts — two by each side.

On the first play from scrimmage after Tech punted, OSU tight end Brandon Pettigrew hauled in a short pass and rambled 54 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

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