Texas Tech-Oklahoma State

Arnold Nichols
October 2, 2017

He hasn't scored in the last two, but with quarterback Mason Rudolph throwing the football as well as he has outside of the TCU game, he'll find the end zone again soon. Just last week, Oklahoma State took a rough loss to TCU, and might be looking for a game to get back on track. "A game like this in a hostile environment to get that win and to get through some tough times and with clutch plays late, it's always very good". "That showed exactly what he is capable of".

See photos from the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State game below courtesy Ashley Wirz. But there were plenty of momentum swings.

"They're bringing some edge rushers and they have a couple of guys that rush on the edge pretty well", Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. Star wide receiver Keke Coutee, the team's most explosive offensive player, missed most of the second half with an injury, and his absence was felt while Tech struggled to take advantage of some offensive opportunities in the fourth quarter. Defensively, we played terrific. Both BONGGGGGGGGGed off the uprights, one at each end of the stadium. The interception tied the game, 7-7. Whenever the Cowboys appeared to seize control of the game, they would relinquish it just as quickly.

"We left a lot of points on the board today", Yurcich said. Combine those misses with a Rudolph interception that was returned 95 yards by Texas Tech defensive back Damarcus Fields for a touchdown, and the Cowboys came away empty-handed on three separate red zone trips, which almost cost them the game.

"Pass interference calls here or there", Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. This season, the thinking went, the porous unit may cost coach Kliff Kingsbury his job by season's end.

Those miscues may catch up with the Cowboys against even better competition. You look at the teams that have won the league the last few years and they are way up in turnover margin.

Rudolph completed his first five passes in the game before either overthrowing or having a communication issue with receiver Jalen McCleskey near the end zone. Marcell Ateman made a jump-ball catch over Octavious Morgan for 26 yards on third down.

There are issues the Pokes need to shore up and - fortunately for them - they'll have time to do so.

Still, the Red Raider offense couldn't capitalize. Its defense has not been stifling; it has been opportunistic, as was the case early Saturday night. However, they were able to kick in a field goal for an extra three points. They consistently rolled down the field with little resistance, finishing every first half drive in the red zone.

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