Quick Hits: Oklahoma State 59, Texas Tech 21
Instant analysis of the Cowboys' blowout win over the Red Raiders.
The Cowboys' Isaiah Anderson racked up 200 total yards with three TDs on just five touches. (US Presswire)
OKLAHOMA STATE WON: The Cowboys handcuffed Texas Tech's offense and outgunned the Red Raiders by more than 100 total yards en route to their fifth win in their last six games, a lopsided rout that re-establishes the defending Big 12 champs among the conference's upper crust. At one point, Oklahoma State scored 28 consecutive points in a span of seven minutes in the second quarter, 21 courtesy of three touchdown passes from Clint Chelf to Isaiah Anderson.
HOW OKLAHOMA STATE WON: The Cowboys were prolific as usual on offense, racking up 487 yards and seven offensive touchdowns on the No. 1 total defense in the conference. They were also balanced: In typical OSU fashion, the final output was split almost evenly between ground (256 yards, 3 TDs) and air (231 yards, 4 TDs). After kicking the ball away twice in the first quarter, they didn't send the punter out again.
But the day really belonged to the Oklahoma State defense, which forced three turnovers and held one of the most high-flying attacks in the country to its worst game of the year. Prior to one final, meaningless touchdown drive with the score already well out of reach in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech had launched a season-high eight punts and generated barely 300 yards of total offense -- some 200 yards below its season average.
WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON: Texas Tech scored on the first play of the second quarter to tie the game 7-7 and was immediately buried by a combination of OSU explosiveness and Red Raiders breakdowns in all three phases. On its next possession, Oklahoma State went 70 yards in four plays, the last 60 on a touchdown pass from Chelf to Anderson; two minutes later, Anderson was in the end zone again, this time on a 33-yard reception from Chelf following an interception by Shamiel Gary. A blocked punt on the Raiders' next possessions set up another quick, short-field drive, capped by a 2-yard run by J.W. Walsh. The next time the Cowboys touched the ball, Chelf found Anderson for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play, pushing the lead to 35-7 and effectively slamming the door.
WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON: The Cowboys' seventh win guarantees a winning record for the seventh consecutive season, the longest streak in school history. More tangibly, with head-to-head wins over TCU and West Virginia already in the bank, adding Texas Tech to the list reaffirms OSU as the No. 4 team in the postseason pecking order, with a chance to move up next week against Oklahoma -- perhaps as high as the Cotton Bowl.
WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST: At 7-4, the Raiders are still headed for a winning record and a bowl game, but the last month has not been pretty: Since waxing West Virginia 49-14 on Oct. 13 to end the Mountaineers' undefeated season, the Raiders have now been blown out twice on the road, upset at home by Texas and narrowly escaped upsets at the hands of TCU and Kansas in multiple overtimes. Another loss in next week's finale at Baylor, and Tech has officially succumbed to a November collapse for the second year in a row.
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