Oklahoma State picked up its biggest win of the season Saturday night, pulling away from No. 15 Texas Tech 52-34 in Lubbock to remain in the Big 12 title chase.
My game story centered around OSU’s new-look offense, which showed some wrinkles and some balance while exploding in the Cowboys’ biggest game yet.
Berry Tramel’s column on Clint Chelf, who had quite the rebound performance after passing for just 78 yards against Iowa State.
Jenni Carlson column on the defense, which forced Tech into 13 empty possessions.
News and notes from the game, including secondary, offensive line combos and fourth-down success
Berry’s report card, which is filled with high marks.
Derek Branson on his punt block: “It just opened like the Red Sea.”
Some historic numbers from the game.
Kliff Kingsbury Q&A after the Red Raiders’ second consecutive loss.
Answering the three questions
1. Can the Cowboys find a consistent passing game?
Chelf threw two bonehead interceptions but was much, much better at accurately distributing the football and getting it downfield. The deep ball thrown to Jhajuan Seales and the touchdown fade thrown to Tracy Moore were both beautiful balls. He finished 18-of-34 for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He also got to show off his wheels, rushing for 88 yards and two scores, including a 67-yard touchdown on a draw play that helped OSU pull away in the second half.
2. Does the defense answer the challenge — again?
The Cowboys, like virtually every team in the conference, had trouble defending Jace Amaro, as he finished with 15 catches for 174 yards and one touchdown. But overall, OSU’s defense stood tall again. Of Tech’s 18 possessions, 13 of them were empty. The Cowboys also forced three turnovers and probably should have had a fourth (which would have gone for a score) but officials ruled Davis Webb’s forward progress had been stopped.
3. How much does the atmosphere impact the game?
The Red Raider faithful showed up in record numbers and successfully executed the blackout initiative. But OSU quieted the crowd by jumping out to a 21-0 lead, which included momentum-shifting plays on defense (forced fumble) and special teams (blocked punt). Tech’s pick-six and subsequent rally in the first half re-ignited the crowd, but the Cowboys came out strong in the second half to put the game away.
After Tech had cut OSU’s halftime lead to 28-24, the Cowboys scored on back-to-back possessions to regain a comfortable lead. The spurt included Josh Stewart’s 46-yard punt return and Chelf’s 67-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game: Clint Chelf
Accounting for four touchdowns on a big-time stage will get you this recognition.
OSU returns home to host Kansas on Saturday.