LUBBOCK, Texas — After what looked like a breakout win against Kansas State last week, No. 21 Oklahoma State had a mostly complete breakdown Saturday against Texas Tech. The Cowboys allowed four sacks, threw two interceptions and fumbled once while trailing 20-7 at the half. And in the second half, OSU allowed the Red Raiders to score on four of six offensive possessions. Chuba Hubbard, coming off a near 300-yard performance against Kansas State, rushed for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns. But the OSU defense allowed Texas Tech backup quarterback Jett Duffey to throw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns. And the Cowboys trailed by 24 points in the fourth quarter before mounting a late rally that narrowed the margin.
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First down ¦ Story of the game
Mistakes curse Cowboys in Lubbock As 21st-ranked and favored Oklahoma State clashed with Texas Tech on Saturday, the damage report included five Spencer Sanders turnovers and a 45-35 Cowboy defeat. Before this game, Oklahoma State had prevailed in its last five contests at Jones AT&T Stadium. Red Raider quarterback Jett Duffey passed for four touchdowns as OSU dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12. After gaining 411 yards against Arizona and only 314 against Oklahoma last week, the Red Raiders had 586 yards against a Cowboy defense that tackled poorly all afternoon. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Second down ¦ Matchup that mattered
For OSU’s defense, a terrible combination What was worse? OSU’s tackling or pass coverage? Let’s just call it a tie, because the Cowboys were awful in both regards. Against OU, Red Raider QB Jett Duffey was 11-of-20 passing for 120 yards. Against Oklahoma State, he was 26-of-44 for 424 yards and four touchdowns. His OSU counterpart, Spencer Sanders, was intercepted three times and lost two fumbles. Meanwhile, Cowboy tackling was as bad as it’s ever been during the 15-season Mike Gundy era. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Third down ¦ Game MVP
Duffey makes a statement Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman is a beautifully skilled passer, but he is inactive while healing from a shoulder injury. Against OSU, backup Jett Duffey was tremendous for Red Raider first-year coach Matt Wells. The best of the Duffey passes was a 21-yard TD connection with T.J. Vasser on the back line of the end zone. Less than two minutes into the second half, that TD gave Texas Tech a 27-7 advantage. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
Fourth down ¦ What’s next
An open date, and then homecoming OSU has an open date next Saturday, its first break from football in more than two months. Because blocking and tackling were so bad Saturday, the break might be less than it would have been had OSU played well and won at Lubbock. When the Cowboys do play again, they host Baylor for homecoming on Oct. 19. — Bill Haisten, Tulsa World
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No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH 11 a.m. Saturday, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas TV: FS1 Radio: KFAQ-1170 Records: OSU 4-1, 1-1 Big 12; Texas Tech 2-2, 0-1 All-time series: Texas Tech leads series 22-21-3. Last meeting: Texas Tech defeated OSU 41-17 in Stillwater on Sept. 22, 2018.
FOX23 James Aydelott forecast: Sunny. Kickoff: 72°.
First down | Top storyline
Texas Tech plays without quarterback Alan Bowman Starting quarterback Alan Bowman will miss significant time for the Red Raiders after injuring his shoulder against Arizona. The Oklahoma State defense will be going against junior quarterback Jett Duffey, who saw significant action last season. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Second down | Key matchup
Texas Tech receiver T.J. Vasher vs. OSU secondary Vasher has caught six catches in three of the Red Raiders first four games. The 6-6, 210-pound receiver is going against an OSU secondary whose tallest starter is 6-2 safety Jarrick Bernard. Duffey may try to throw a few jump balls in Vasher’s direction. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Third down | Player to watch
Linebackers Malcolm Rodriguez and Amen Ogbongbemiga Duffey is a dual-threat quarterback who can gain yards with his legs. The OSU linebackers are going to need to limit Duffey’s run opportunities by staying disciplined and poised when he breaks the pocket. — Frank Bonner II, Tulsa World
Fourth down | Who wins and why
Another Lubbock triumph for OSU
From Bill Haisten: The Cowboys haven’t lost in Lubbock since 2008, when Mike Leach, Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree were Red Raiders. While Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace score the touchdowns necessary for a sixth consecutive win on Texas Tech’s home field, the OSU defense has an opportunity for another statement performance. Because Hubbard rushed for 296 yards last week, the excellence of the Cowboy defense was somewhat buried in the post-game conversation. K-State mustered only 244 total yards and one touchdown while finishing 1-of-13 on third down. OSU tackled beautifully and with a ferocity not consistently seen in Stillwater in several years. As highly skilled QB Alan Bowman is sidelined with a shoulder injury, Texas Tech’s offense managed only 14 points at Arizona and 16 at OU. With a decided edge in weapons, and as OSU’s defenders seem more comfortable in coordinator Jim Knowles’ system, the Cowboys leave Lubbock with a 44-28 victory.
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