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Keys to the Game: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:11 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS TECH WILL WIN IF: It can rediscover its offense. Since holding a 31-7 lead on Oklahoma the Texas Tech offense has only scored 34 points and its opponents have scored 127. That's not going to work, especially against an offense like Oklahoma State's. It's hard to think that a defense that has allowed 34.2 points and 453.7 yards per game is suddenly going to figure things out and shut down the Cowboys. It's not going to happen, so if Texas Tech wants to win this game, it's just going to have to outscore Oklahoma State. Not an easy feat, but Kansas State nearly pulled it off on Saturday. In order for that to happen then Seth Doege and the offense will have to take care of the ball. This Oklahoma State defense forces more turnovers than anybody in the country, and Texas Tech can't afford to forfeit possessions in this game if it is going to have a chance.

OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: Oklahoma State just has to keep doing what it's been doing all season, though a better defensive effort than what we saw on Saturday against Kansas State would help. Oklahoma State's been giving up points all season, but against Kansas State it got pushed around more than it had all season. The good news for the Cowboys is that Collin Klein isn't playing for Texas Tech this weekend. So if its defense can keep forcing turnovers and Brandon Weeden keeps playing like he has been, then this game shouldn't present much of a problem.

X-FACTOR: Adam James. Yes, that Adam James. He may be most known for who his father is and everything that led to the dismissal of Mike Leach at Texas Tech, but he's become a solid contributor to the Red Raiders offense the last few weeks. After not making a catch in the first four games of the season, James has 19 catches for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last five games, and had 95 yards last week against Texas. Texas Tech is going to need all the weapons it can get on Saturday, and if James is able to give Doege another reliable target to move the ball downfield, it'll improve the Raiders' chances.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:48 pm

Keys to the Game: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

WillieBee101: I agree with your assessment of the KSU game, except that OSU also got 7 on Klein's early fumble, so you need to subtract 7 from OSU, which puts them back to 52...your point is still valid, though, should have been something like 52-28.  Also, had OSU had the 3 or 4 TD lead it should have had, Klein would have had to be throwing in the second half instead of all those zone-read rushes...and the game would not have been close.  Very atypical game for OSU.  KSU played just about a perfect game, and it wasn't quite enough.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:58 pm

Keys to the Game: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Did y'all watch the same game I did Saturday?  It didn't appear to me that the problem wasn't so much Oklahoma State's defense.  It looked to me like the Cowboy offense threw two interceptions that resulted in Kansas State touchdowns and one fumble that resulted in a Kansas State field goal.  That's 17 points they literally gave Kansas State.  Then add in the fumble that kept Oklahoma State from scoring which took 7 points off the Cowboys.  Removing those offensive blunders would result in OSU 59 (52 + 7) and KSU 28 (45 - 17).  Those were not defensive problems, they were offensive mistakes. 

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