The Oklahoma State Cowboys are headed down to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders for their second Big 12 matchup of the season.
The Cowboys come in at 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Big 12, and are riding a dominant 26-13 win over the Kansas State Wildcats after conquering an hour long rain delay in Stillwater last Saturday.
The Cowboys had a strong defensive performance limiting the Wildcats to a 244 total yards forcing pressure on quarterback Skylar Thompson for 12 incompletions and two interceptions.
“We were physical up front on defense,” Mike Gundy said. “Offensively, we blocked considerably better in the second half. Some of the young guys we had playing started to get a feel of the game.”
But as Gundy always says, it’s out with the old and in with the new as the Cowboys take on a new challenge tomorrow night against a fast-paced team that will put the Cowboys’ defense to the ultimate test in front of a loud and rowdy Texas Tech crowd.
“We’re onto a new group this week,” Gundy said. “They’ll have a completely new style of play. They’re very fast-paced spread attack for our defense, so we have to make adjustments as we move forward.”
Texas Tech enters Saturday’s matchup fresh off a brutal 55-16 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman where quarterback Jett Duffey threw 11/20 for 120 yards and zero touchdowns.
Tech was challenged mightily by the Sooners’ defense with guys like Kenneth Murray and Delarrin Turner-Yell heaving immense pressure on guys such as SaRodorick Thompson and Dalton Rigdon.
The Red Raiders will be without starting quarterback Alan Bowman as he’s sidelined for a second consecutive game this season dealing with a left shoulder injury that has the potential to keep him off the field long term and give Duffey an opportunity to lead the Red Raiders.
Bowman played a mighty role in keeping Texas Tech alive during their matchup with Arizona throwing for 311 yards before the Wildcats ran away with the game in a strong second half performance to give Tech a 28-14 loss.
The Cowboys have kept freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders as “the guy” throughout the first part of the season with Sanders proving his capabilities to run the ball and connect with key players like Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard.
Texas Tech fans and players will have a mindful eye on Hubbard tomorrow afternoon as the Cowboy running back leads the nation in rushing yards at 938 total and setting the record for the first-ever Cowboy to rush for 200+ yards three times in the first five games of the season.
The biggest challenge for the Cowboys’ offense? Converting field goals into touchdowns and being effective in the red zone.
“We have the nation’s leading rusher and one of the leading receivers in the nation,” Cowboy Back Logan Carter said. “I don’t think the offense has any issue other than getting it across the goal line, but that’s something the coaches will fix and we have faith in ourselves.”
The Cowboys have suffered with the issue of settling for field goals over touchdowns the past two games, and it’s something the Pokes’ offense will have to zone in on if they want to walk out of Lubbock victorious.
This will be the 47th matchup between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State dating back to 1935, and tomorrow’s matchup will be marked as the 24th consecutive meeting. Mike Gundy is 11-3 in his time at OSU against Texas Tech, while TTU coach Matt Wells is facing the Cowboys for the first time in his career after former head coach Kliff Kingsbury left Tech to coach the Arizona Cardinals following the end of last season.
The Cowboys rank No. 10 nationally in total offense and No. 2 nationally with 1,455 rushing yards this season.
OSU and TTU will kick off at 11 a.m. in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 5, and FS1 will have the game live for fans to enjoy.