No. 20 OSU tries to stay unbeaten at Texas Tech
Tommy Tuberville’s Red Raiders face a dual threat Saturday when
No. 20 Oklahoma State comes to West Texas, where the Cowboys are
itching to break a losing streak that dates to 1944.
Undefeated OSU is second in the nation is scoring (52.6 point
per game), has the country’s fifth-leading rusher – Kendall
Hunter’s 140-yard per game average – and has a passing offense (362
yards per game) that’s first in the Big 12 and second
”It is what gives you nightmares,” Tuberville said. ”They are
very good on the offense line being able to shift from a passing
game to being able to run the ball. Maybe the most balanced team we
will see all year.”
Oh, and Cowboys receiver Justin Blackmon leads the nation in
receptions (9.4) and receiving yards (149.6) per game. He had 13
catches for 190 yards in his last game, against
”When the ball is in the air and No. 81 is running for it, I am
ready to put my hands up for a touchdown,” Cowboys defensive end
Richetti Jones said of Blackmon. ”Some of the stuff that he does
What could be ridiculous is the number of points scored on
Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts and the Cowboys’ Brandon Weeden rank
third (330 yards) and fourth (322 yards), respectively, in passing
yards per game. And OSU (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) and Texas Tech (3-2, 1-2)
both have porous defenses.
”It’ll be one of those games where you won’t have an
opportunity to go to the restroom or get a drink or anything,”
Tuberville said. ”It’s going to be a lot of excitement, a lot of
action, and hopefully we can hold our end of the bargain.”
The matchup will be tough on a Texas Tech defense that is doing
a little better against the rush than against the pass. The Red
Raiders are giving up 126 yards a game on the ground and about 279
in the air.
Tuberville wants to see more turnovers forced by his team this
week. The Red Raiders (3-2, 1-2) have eight interceptions and three
They got none the last two games.
”If we are a team that gets zero turnovers we are going to
struggle,” Tuberville said. ”Hopefully we can get out of this rut
and get a few turnovers like we did early in the season.”
In a game like this, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said, turnovers
will be key.
”Whoever wins that battle will have a great chance to win the
game,” he said.
Texas Tech’s offense found more rhythm last week in their 45-38
win over Baylor. Potts had his best game of the season, throwing
for 462 yards and four touchdowns. At one stage, he completed 15
straight passes and nearly scored on a quarterback option after
running 43 yards to the 1.
Gundy sees a fast Texas Tech offense and one in which Potts is
improving every week. Red Raiders running backs Baron Batch and
Eric Stephens are quick and must be contained, he said.
”Their quarterback is throwing the ball really well and they
have two backs that run well and are physical,” Gundy said.
Cowboys defenders will try to stop Red Raiders receivers from
turning short passes into long gains.
”They are going to spread you out and throw a lot of screens
all over the place,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said.
”One of the issues we had with that kind of offense is that if you
miss a tackle in open spaces they are gone.”
Blackmon has heard how tough it is to play in Lubbock.
”From what I’ve heard, it’s an intense place to play,” he
said. ”The fans are right there on you and it’s just a good
environment for them to play in, but bad for the visiting