A messy start to the game proved to be too deep of a hole for No. 21 Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) to climb out of against Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders held off a rally by Oklahoma State in the second half to score its first win in Big 12 play this season with a 45-35 victory.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 20-0 lead on Oklahoma State in the first half thanks to a handful of Cowboys turnovers. The Red Raiders would go on to take a 45-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter when Jett Duffey completed a touchdown pass of 56 yards to Erik Ezukanma. Duffey had a big game for the offense with 424 passing yards and four touchdowns, and he added a rushing touchdown early in the game as well.
Aside from turnovers, of which Oklahoma State had five, one of the biggest problems for Oklahoma State was taking too long to get running back Chubba Hubbard going. Despite a relatively slow start to the game, Hubbard ended the afternoon with 156 yards and three touchdowns. But it was too little, too late for Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders was intercepted three times and fumbled twice.
The win by Texas Tech gives the Red Raiders their first back-to-back wins against Oklahoma State since winning three consecutive meetings from 2000 through 2002. However, this is the first time Texas Tech has defeated a ranked Oklahoma Stae in back-to-back meetings in the series history.
Texas Tech’s Riko Jeffers was ejected for targeting late in the fourth quarter, so he will miss the first half of next week’s game.
Texas Tech heads to Waco next week to take on Baylor (who entered this week with a clean 4-0 record). Coincidentally, Oklahoma State’s next game will also be against Baylor. Oklahoma State hosts the Bears in two weeks.
Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was taken out of Saturday’s game against West Virginia, and now it is unknown just how soon he may be able to return to action for the Red Raiders. Multiple reports say Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung and was being treated at a local hospital over the weekend.
If there was any good news for Bowman, it was the report that there were no broken ribs, according to Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. But it remains unknown when Bowman will be available again.
“I think without the broken ribs, it should be sooner than later,” Kingsbury said, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “But I’m not sure the exact timetable yet.”
Jett Duffey came off the bench to fill in for Bowman for the remainder of the West Virginia game this weekend, and it should be expected he will continue to lead the offense for as long as Bowman is unavailable.
Texas Tech is off this week. The Red Raiders return to the field for a Thursday night game at TCU on October 11, followed by a home game against Kansas the following week.
It was a tale of two halves between No. 12 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) and No. 25 Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) in Lubbock, but at the end of the game, it was West Virginia heading home with a victory after going flat in the second half on offense. Will Grier passed for 370 yards and three touchdowns as West Virginia beat Texas Tech 42-34 Saturday afternoon.
West Virginia led Texas Tech 35-10 at halftime, but the Red Raiders turned things up a few notches in the second half. West Virginia punted three times and missed a field goal on their first four possessions of the second half. Jett Duffey helped lead a comeback effort for Texas Tech in place of the injured Alan Bowman, but a play action pass was picked off late in the fourth quarter and returned by Keith Washington for a much-needed and seemingly elusive dagger for the Mountaineers.
The win not only keeps West Virginia undefeated this season but continues to keep them in a good spot atop the Big 12 standings moving forward. And despite a slow second half, Grier will have a solid box score to add to his Heisman Trophy campaign. He certainly was in a groove with receiver Marcus Simms. Simms caught nine passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Texas Tech lost quarterback Bowman to an injury in the first half. His status moving forward is unknown at this time. The Red Raiders are now very thin at quarterback as they look to move on from this home loss.
Next up for West Virginia is a home Big 12 game against Kansas. The Mountaineers appear to be in a favorable position to get to November in the Big 12 driver’s seat, if not just on the College Football Playoff bubble. But if a challenging November schedule is going to mean anything for West Virginia, it still must put away Kansas, Iowa State, and Baylor.
Texas Tech will look to rebound in two weeks with a Thursday night road game against TCU in two weeks. Texas Tech is off next week.