LUBBOCK, Texas – The Oklahoma State Cowboys were in for a sour surprise when they found themselves trailing 20-0 to the Red Raiders before halftime, but resilience and Chuba Hubbard’s agility helped to bring the Cowboys back into the game before the clock ran out.
This, however, would not be enough, and the Cowboys would come up short 45-35 to the Red Raiders taking their second loss of the season to a Big 12 opponent.
The Cowboys entered the matchup ranked No. 21 in the AP Polls, the first time they had been ranked all season coming hot off a 26-13 win over No. 24 ranked Kansas State just one week earlier.
Texas Tech, who had not taken a victory over a ranked opponent in 10 straight games, severed this losing streak by defeating the Cowboys and possibly knocking OSU out of the Top 25 just as quickly as they entered into it.
Today’s loss marked OSU’s first loss in Lubbock since 2008, and this would count as Red Raiders’ head coach Matt Wells’ first win over the Cowboys as he continues his first season leading Texas Tech.
“This was a tough week,” Wells said. “It was an emotional week. Nobody was very happy about the way we played last week. I thought they responded with a tremendous amount of guts.”
TTU suffered a massive loss to Oklahoma in Norman last week at 55-16, but that didn’t seem to detour the Red Raiders but rather put fire under their feet when it came to getting stops defensively and pushing the ball down the field efficiently.
The game started with massive highlights on Tech’s defense as the Cowboys turned the ball over on the third snap of the game giving the Red Raiders a chance to recover on the OK State 27-yard line.
This immediately gave life to TTU’s defense that never seemed to diminish throughout the entirety of the game.
OSU’s defense stepped up and limited Tech to only a field goal on that turnover, but Tech would see 17 more points during the first half of play sending OSU to the locker room at halftime trailing 20-7.
Spencer Sanders would get the offense going out of halftime connecting with Jordan McCray on the Pokes’ opening drive for a 73-yard touchdown closing in on the Red Raiders 27-14.
Sanders, who struggled mightily already at this point with three turnovers and two sacks, was knocked for a third time for OSU’s fourth turnover of the game giving Tech the opportunity to extend and gain the confidence they needed to finish the game.
Sanders would finish the game 22/37 for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
The unfortunate side for Sanders was that he would also finish with three interceptions and be the primary ball handler on the two fumbles that would be recovered by Texas Tech.
Chuba Hubbard can be credited to keeping the Pokes alive in the second half as he finished the game with three touchdowns, successfully finishing a two-point conversion, and carrying 34 times for 156 yards.
With his first touchdown of the day, Hubbard reached 1,000+ rushing yards in the season becoming the only running back in the nation to have 1,000+ rushing yards this season.
Hubbard entered today’s matchup leading the FBS in rushing yards ranked at No. 1 with 938 yards. He now has 1,094.
Although the Cowboys showed persistence and diligence in the second half, it wouldn’t be enough as Tech’s defense never weakened and quarterback Jett Duffey was able to find the open man down the field giving Tech the strong lead they needed to execute the win.
The Cowboys will have a bye week following this loss to Texas Tech as they prepare to return to Boone Pickens Stadium on Oct. 19 for America’s Greatest Homecoming where they will host the undefeated (for now) Baylor Bears.
The Cowboys fall to 4-2 in the season, 1-2 in Big 12 play, and are now 9-2 in the past 11 games against Tech.
Mike Gundy is now 73-50 against Big 12 opponents in his tenure at Oklahoma State.