As if you would expect anything different from two Big 12 teams known for putting up mountains of offensive statistics, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma State Cowboys certainly lived up to the conference’s high-scoring reputation on Saturday night.
Coming into the contest Texas Tech had the second-highest producing passing attack in FBS under head coach Kliff Kingsbury scoring an impressive 39.8 points per game. Okie State wasn’t producing at quite as prolific of a rate as their opponents, but their 38.9 points per contest coming in was certainly an achievement in its own right.
The quarterback duel between Davis Webb and Clint Chelf was clearly the biggest story of the contest with both signal callers doing plenty of damage in completely different manners. Unfortunately for Webb and the Red Raiders, Chelf and the Cowboys broke the game open in the second half and never looked back. Coach Mike Gundy relied on a balanced offensive attack with Desmond Roland finding plenty of room to carve up a porous Red Raiders defense on the ground. His rushing success forced the defense to be cognizant of his whereabouts and paved the way for a sparkling 67-yard touchdown scamper from Chelf to really break the game open.
What this game really did was prove just how viable of a candidate Okie State is to win the Big 12 this season while simultaneously exposing Texas Tech as the same old Red Raiders everyone has come to know dating back to the days of Mike Leach. The problem with Tech is the only way for them to win games is to outscore their opponents, and that type of an approach will get you burned more often than not in such a high-scoring conference as proven by the 52-34 final in favor of the Cowboys.
As for Oklahoma State, they now control their own destiny in the Big 12 with games against the surprising Texas Longhorns and still undefeated Baylor Bears in back-to-back weeks on November 16 and November 23 respectively. This will provide the Gundy’s Cowboys with opportunity to prove that they are men even though they aren’t 40 yet (and yes that’s still funny). Don’t be surprised if Okie State forces its way into the BCS conversation sooner rather than later.