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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

/> It was far from over.

Tech took over at its 28 with 1:30 to play. It took Harrell and Crabtree only two plays to hook up for gains of 13 and 42 yards. Just like that the Red Raiders threatened to take the lead at the OSU 17-yard line.

OSU's defense once again rose to the occasion.

Linebacker Patrick Lavine broke up a first-down pass. Lacey held Crabtree to a two-yard gain on second down. Harrell misfired on third down and Crabtree failed to haul in a bullet pass in the end zone with 19 seconds left.

"I'm not a numbers guy,” said defensive coordinator Tim Beckman. "We have to get better. That's the bottom line. That's up to us as defensive coaches. But the bottom line is we won the game and have something to build on.”

Woods asked whether it was the most yards ever thrown in an NCAA game? Minutes after the game, it was discovered it's the fourth most ever.

"It doesn't matter,” Woods said. "It's always fun when you win. It's as simple as that.”

OSU's defense had its backs against the end zone all day. But in the second half the Cowboys made big plays down the stretch to help notch a much needed win.

"This was big,” Peterson said. "A lot of people kind of gave up on us after last week. We had a great, long, hard week of practice. We rallied and really came together. We had a chip on our shoulder. We were out to make a statement.”