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CI Take: Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35

Sept. 25 at Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35

And You Care Because … In a wild game with more than 1,000 yards of total offense, Oklahoma State got four touchdown passes and a scoring run from Daxx Garman including a 47-yard play to Blake Jarwin early in the third and a 50-yard play to Tyreek Hill to put the Cowboys up 14 in the third – James Washington caught touchdown passes from 33 and 39 yards away. Texas Tech kept pushing with four touchdown passes from Davis Webb including two to Reginald Davis to open up the scoring with a 21-yarder to open up the scoring and a 22-yarder to pull within seven in the third after the Hill play. The Cowboys put the game just out of reach answering with ten straight points, but with Webb out with an apparent shoulder injury, Patrick Mahomes tried to rally the Red Raiders back with a four-yard touchdown throw to Jakeem Grant. However, a wild play from Mahomes leading to a late pick sealed the win for OSU.

What Else? Oklahoma State QB Daxx Garman completed 17-of-31 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns with two picks, and ran seven times for 27 yards and a touchdown.

– Before getting hurt, Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 35-of-54 passes for 374 yards and four scores with two picks. Jakeem Grant caught 12 passes for 100 yards and a score.

– Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman caught six passes for 130 yards

– Oklahoma State DE Jimmy Bean made eight tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles. Texas Tech LB Pete Robertson led the team with eight tackles with two sacks
Game Rating: B

PREVIEW

Texas Tech (2-1) at Oklahoma State (2-1) Sept. 25, 7:30, ESPN 

Here’s The Deal: Just how good are these two? Was Oklahoma State’s 37-31 loss in the opener expose Florida State as a shadow of its national championship self, or was that an indicator that the Big 12 needs to be worried? Did Texas Tech find a spatula big enough to scrape itself off the turf after being steamrolled over by Arkansas? Each team has had two weeks to prepare and catch their breaths for the Big 12 opener, and considering Oklahoma and Baylor look like the class of the conference, and with Kansas State and West Virginia playing well, the loser this week might be in trouble. 

Oklahoma State is really, really young, but it’s really, really fast with tremendous upside. There’s no shame in losing on a neutral site to a team like Florida State, and even though the follow-up win over Missouri State was sluggish, the team took care of business against a UTSA squad that gave Arizona all it could handle.

Texas Tech hasn’t stopped the run so far and its passing game was clamped down cold by the Hogs in the second half two weeks ago, but if Kliff Kingsbury’s bunch can somehow get through the opening two Big 12 games with a road split against OSU and Kansas State, all of a sudden, there’s a chance to do something interesting with Texas and Oklahoma at home as part of a run of four home games in five weeks. 

No matter what happens, expect lots and lots and lots of points. Oklahoma State has won the last six meetings putting up 52 last year and 59 in 2012. At least 80 points combined wouldn’t be a shocker. 

Why Texas Tech Might Win: Oklahoma State’s rebuilding secondary is still rebuilding. It hung around and gave Jameis Winston a hard time for a little while, and then it didn’t – No. 5 showed what he’s really that good on the way to 370 yards. SW Missouri State was able to pump up some big plays and did a nice job of moving the ball around, and now Davis Webb and Texas Tech should be able to pick, pick, pick all game long. There might not be a ton of big plays and there won’t be too many yards after the catch, but there should be several manageable third down chances and a few long drives against a team that doesn’t care much about controlling the ball and the clock. 

Why Oklahoma State Might Win: The Red Raiders are making way too many mistakes. Arkansas ran through the Red Raider defense, and UTEP ran around it, but it’s been hard to maintain any sort of momentum on either side of the ball when the team as a whole is committing penalty after penalty. There were only five against Arkansas, but the 25 flags in the first two games were more indicative of the problems and errors. Being on the negative side of the turnover margin in the last three games and the last 11 games under Kingsbury is also an issue. 

Who To Watch Out For: With OSU starting quarterback J.W. Walsh out for a while – and maybe the season – with a broken foot, how has Daxx Garman done so far? Not bad, hitting SW Missouri State with 244 yards and two scores and UTSA with 315 yards and two touchdowns. He has yet to throw a pick and he’s working fine within the offense, but Texas Tech has had two weeks to prepare for him – expect more of a Red Raider pass rush from several angles than normal. Meanwhile, the Texas Tech O line has yet to allow a sack in 129 pass attempts to start the season. Part of the reason is the offensive style, and part of it is Davis Webb getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry. 

What’s Going To Happen: Oklahoma State’s offensive balance will overcome a shaky day from the secondary that’ll give up well over 300 yards. Expect at least four really, really explosive plays with both teams hitting some big home runs. 

Prediction: Oklahoma State 52 … Texas Tech 38 
Line: Texas Tech -13.5 o/u: 71 
Must Watch Factor: 5: Roosevelts: An Intimate History – 1: Red Band Society … 3 

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