Oklahoma State Football: Winners & Losers from Week 10 Game Against Texas Tech
The Oklahoma State Cowboys came into Lubbock, TX and walked away with a decisive 52-34 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Oklahoma State's victory over the Red Raiders wasn't overly surprising (at least for me); however, the high-scoring manner in which it happened was somewhat unexpected.
The Cowboys still weren't great in the passing game, but the rushing attack, special teams play and aggressive defense won the day for the Pokes.
Texas Tech, on the other hand, struggled with turnovers and could never hold onto any momentum they built up.
Read on to find out the biggest winners and losers from this contest.
Winner: Oklahoma State Rushers
Desmond Roland didn't equal his 219-yard performance from last week's game against Iowa State, but he did muster 96 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Cowboys.
However, he was far from the only effective rusher for the Pokes.
Clint Chelf added 88 yards of his own, including a 67-yard touchdown scamper. Rennie Childs joined the party, gaining 70 yards on just nine carries. Heck, even Jeremy Smith contributed 45 total yards on his six touches.
All told, the Pokes put up 281 yards and five touchdowns on the ground against the Red Raiders.
The run game killed Texas Tech against Oklahoma last week, and their struggles in that department reared it's ugly head again in this one.
Loser: Davis Webb
Texas Tech's young signal-caller did put up 425 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys; however, he also added two interceptions and struggled to finish key drives with touchdowns.
It wasn't that Webb had a bad game, as much as he needed to have a great one and was merely decent.
Obviously, the team as a whole struggled, but, fair or not, Webb's going to take quite a bit of the blame. You simply have to score more than twice when you attempt 71 passes.
Winner: Jace Amaro
If anyone from the Texas Tech Red Raiders' roster deserves praise, it's Jace Amaro.
The junior tight end had 15 catches for 174 yards and a score.
Eric Ward deserves some mention for his solid outing, but anyone who watched this game knows that Amaro is the person the talking heads will be foaming over all week.
Loser: Texas Tech's Conference Title Hopes
This loss drops Texas Tech to 4-2 in the Big 12 and likely ends their bid to claim the conference crown.
Two weeks ago, the Red Raiders looked poised to challenge Baylor at the top of the Big 12, but after back-to-back losses, TTU looks more like a middle-of-the-road team.
Oklahoma State, on the other hand, now controls its own destiny going forward.
Obviously it won't be an easy road, but if the Cowboys win out they will be the last team standing at the top of the Big 12 mountain.
Winner: Oklahoma State Defense
The Oklahoma State Cowboys needed to have a dominant defensive effort if they planned to get past the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Pokes gave up 549 yards, but they held strong when they needed to, making multiple red-zone stands to hold Texas Tech to field goals or worse.
They also forced three turnovers and gave up just 27 points to a Red Raiders offense that came in averaging 39.8 points per game.
In short, the defense did exactly what they needed to and again showed why they deserve to be noticed as one, if not the best defense in the Big 12.