Oklahoma State Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 12 Game vs. Texas Tech
The Texas Tech Red Raiders thought that they were ready to avenge last season’s 66-6 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They were very wrong.
The Cowboys pounded the Red Raiders in every phase possible, winning 59-21 in a game that saw the Cowboys jump out to a 35-7 second-quarter lead. Texas Tech had little hope of vengeance at that point, and the rest of the game was no different.
Former third-string quarterback Clint Chelf was precise and poised in his play as he led the Cowboys to the big win. On the other sideline, Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege was on the run almost the entire game, as an improved Cowboy pass rush made life difficult for the senior.
When you look at the score and stats of this game, it seems pretty clear that all of the winners were on one side, and all the losers were on the other. That assumption would be correct.
Winner: Cowboy Defense
At the beginning of the 2012 season, the Oklahoma State defense was expected to be an experienced unit that would carry the team’s young offense through tough moments. The beginning of the season did not support that, but this game against the Red Raiders certainly did.
The Cowboys forced three turnovers, held the Red Raiders under 400 yards of offense and sacked Tech quarterback Seth Doege three times. It was easily the most complete defensive performance Oklahoma State has had, possibly in Mike Gundy’s tenure.
Defensive coordinator Bill Young seemed to make the right call almost every time, mixing up his coverages and blitzes each and every play. The Cowboys hurried Doege almost constantly and stuffed the run very well. This defense looks very good heading into next week’s Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma.
Loser: Seth Doege
One cannot help but feel sorry for the senior quarterback, who appeared at times to be all on his own out there. His offensive line could not protect him, and his receivers dropped passes.
Doege’s stat line is deceiving, showing that he threw for 230 yards while completing 66 percent of his passes. Anyone who watched the game knows it was not a good game for him, although very little of it was his fault. He was constantly under pressure, and his receiving corps did not even look like it was trying by the time the third quarter was halfway over.
Winner: Isaiah Anderson
Isaiah Anderson has had an injury-riddled, disappointing season. When he dropped a sure touchdown at the beginning of the game against Texas Tech, it looked like just another manifestation of his bad luck. His luck changed pretty quickly.
The senior made the most of his senior day, catching four passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns all in the first half. No one in the Tech secondary could keep up with Anderson, as he outran the coverage multiple times for big scores. Anderson may not be having the overall season he wanted to have, but he will never forget the senior day he had in Stillwater.
Loser: Tommy Tuberville
One week after his incident with a graduate assistant on the sideline of Texas Tech’s game against Kansas, Tommy Tuberville had to be hoping that he could erase the bad buzz with a big win on the road against a Top 25 opponent. When it rains, it pours.
Tuberville’s team looked lethargic and unmotivated, especially after it got down by a significant margin. That is bad enough on its own. The fact that Tuberville had stated that the preceding week had been a great one practice-wise makes it very worrisome. I doubt that Tuberville’s job is in jeopardy, but it certainly is not any safer.
Winner: Todd Monken
The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator is probably auditioning for a number of head coaching jobs, and it looks increasingly like he will be a prime candidate after the season. Todd Monken has made the Cowboy offense his own, as it continues to roll through the Big 12.
Monken has had to deal with three different quarterbacks this season and has now won multiple games with each one. He also has managed to make this Oklahoma State offense as balanced as ever. Against Texas Tech, the Cowboys rushed for 256 yards and passed for 231. Few teams, especially “pass-happy" ones like Oklahoma State, can boast such balance in production.
The Cowboys got a big win against Tech, and Monken was a big part of it. Their offense, defense and special teams were all clicking on all cylinders, which is what every Cowboy fan wants to see the week before the Bedlam game versus Oklahoma. Whether they win or lose that contest, no one can deny that Mike Gundy and his program were big winners in this Texas Tech matchup.