STILLWATER – Mother Nature could have a front-row seat at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
The Oklahoma State football team is set to host Texas Tech at 6 p.m., though both teams may have to alter their styles of play. Forecasters are predicting rain for the Stillwater area throughout Saturday afternoon and into the evening, which could create for some precarious situations.
Although the Cowboys (3-0) ave played in some muggy conditions against South Alabama this season, Saturday’s forecast calls for heavy rains and unpleasant weather.
Red Raider freshman quarterback Alan Bowman passed for 605 yards in their victory against Houston, but this weather will hinder either team’s ability to have much of a passing game. OSU’s strong stable of running backs could benefit it if conditions are as bad as forecaster, though ball security will be a must for both teams.
Cornelius facing favorite team from childhood
When Graham Harrell would find Michael Crabtree for another touchdown at Jones AT&T Stadium, it would exhilarate a young Taylor Cornelius.
Now a fifth-year walk on at OSU, Cornelius will face Texas Tech (2-1) for the first time since becoming the starter. The Red Raiders played about two hours south of Cornelius’ hometown of Bushland, Texas, and he said he was a Texas Tech fan growing up.
“It was right down the road,” Cornelius said. “I grew up always going to Tech games.”
On Saturday, Cornelius will try give the Cowboys their first 10-game winning streak against an opponent since they beat Kansas State 11-straight games from 1947-62.
The Red Raider duo Cornelius watched as a child were a part of the last Texas Tech team that defeated OSU. He said he had an opportunity to walk on at Texas Tech, but he is happy where he ended up.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Cornelius said. “No doubt about that.”
Defense ready for different type of test
Although the Cowboys stopped a potent Boise State attack last week, the Red Raiders’ offense present a different type of challenge.
Dating to the last century, Texas Tech’s offense has consisted of wide splits up front and underwhelming rushing performances but blistering quarterback play and a variety of receivers who seem to be open every snap. The quick passing game and screens are ways the Red Raiders have quickly become the nation’s top offense again, averaging 624 yards per game, with 449 of those coming through the air.
Boise State ran a pro-style offense, milking the clock while huddling between plays. When Texas Tech’s offense jogs onto the field to begin a drive, that will be the slowest it moves until it heads back to the sidelines.
A no-huddle, up-tempo style of offense consistently catches defenses off guard, forcing the defenders to know their assignment while getting into position quickly between snaps.
OSU leads the country with 16 sacks through three weeks, though with how quickly the Red Raiders pass the ball, Jim Knowles’ scheme will be tested this week. Linebacker Calvin Bundage said he knows the tempo Texas Tech wants to play with, but it won’t faze the Cowboy defenders.
“Texas Tech doesn’t have a huddle, and they go fast,” Bundage said. “That’s the type of game they want to play. We know what they are going to do.
“I think we will be ready for them.”
Details to know
What: Texas Tech (2-1) at No. 15 Oklahoma State (3-0)
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
When: 6 p.m. CT Saturday
TV: FS1 (Brian Custer and Ben Leber)
Radio: 96.1 KXY, Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)