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Oklahoma State Survives Senior Night against Texas Tech

Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns celebrates a missed extra point kick by Texas Tech during the final minutes of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Sterns had 8 tackles in the 45-44 win.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Oklahoma State Survives Senior Night against Texas Tech

Senior Day in Stillwater is always a special time in the season for Oklahoma State fans, but when you’re facing the touted offense of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, emotions sometimes have to take a backseat. The Cowboy offense has struggled at times and their defense is no better than any other mediocre Big 12 squad, so having the Red Raiders come into town definitely isn’t ideal for when you’re trying to win the last home game for your senior players. Luckily, Mike Gundy and his staff executed their game plan very well, and the Pokes would show that maybe there is more to them than we thought coming into the season.
OSU jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but wouldn’t be able to keep it, and Texas Tech would tie with OSU 28-28 at halftime. The Cowboys had a 28-21 lead with just under 4 minutes to play, but Jalen Mccluskey fumbled a pass he caught from Mason Rudolph, and the Red Raiders capitalized on it for the tie. When Oklahoma State started the second half, they were forced to punt, and so were the Red Raiders on their first possession after intermission. After that, the Pokes would get a touchdown from senior running back transfer, Chris Carson, on a 19-yard scamper, and a field goal by Ben Grogan to give them a 10-point advantage. Texas Tech quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, wouldn’t let that deter him and his offense from getting back on track, and he ran in for a touchdown of his own to cut the OSU lead to 3 with just over 20 seconds left in the third quarter. But 20 seconds would prove to be too much time left before the break, and Mason Rudolph hit James Washington on an 82-yard pass for a touchdown to extend OSU’s lead back to 10, 45-35 before the fourth quarter.
To start the final quarter of the ballgame, Texas Tech drove down the field for a field goal to make OSU’s advantage 45-38. After the Clayton Hatfield kick, head coach of the Red Raiders, Kliff Kingsbury, decided to go for an onside kick, and Tech recovered it with just under 10 minutes left in regulation. Nails were getting bit off left and right for Cowboy fans, but the first play from scrimmage for Tech after the onside recovery would be a fumble that OSU’s Vincent Taylor would recover for the Pokes! Unfortunately, the offense for the Cowboys decided to stall on their drive and couldn’t get any points off the turnover, so they had to punt. With just over 6 minutes left in the game, the Red Raiders would run 13 plays for 88 yards and a score to cut the Oklahoma State led to 1 point, barring the extra point. Texas Tech kicker, Clayton Hatfield, had missed 3 PATs all season, and Saturday would make it 4 as he missed the game-tying point after attempt. OSU would have a 45-44 lead with an ensuing onside kick to come.
Texas Tech would not be so fortunate on their second onside attempt of the game, and the Cowboys would take the ball over on the Red Raider 45 yard line. OSU only needed 2 first downs to ice the game, but the fact they had to punt on their previous possession didn’t have fans in high spirits. On the first play of the drive, Chris Carson busted a run for an immediate first down, but with the clock stopped to move the chains, the clock was still on the Red Raiders side. The Pokes would run Carson again, then Justice Hill, before Tech was force to use their last timeout. With third down and only 1 yard to go, OSU knew that if they could pick up the first down, they could let the clock run out and escape with a victory. So on his final play as an OSU Cowboys in Boone Pickens Stadium, Chris Carson got the ball, picked up 3 yards, and Mason Rudolph would take knee to send the Red Raiders back to Lubbock with a loss, 45-44.
The Cowboys are slowly starting to look like the second best team in the Big 12, with Baylor losing to OU over the weekend, and West Virginia barely escaping the clutches of Texas. Bedlam in the first weekend of December could, once again, decide who the Big 12 Champion will be, and that’s just something to think about as the Pokes gear up to play TCU at 11AM CT in Fort Worth.

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