Texas Tech-Oklahoma State: No. 2 Red Raiders Outgun No. 9 Cowboys

Andrew GloverCorrespondent INovember 9, 2008

The No. 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders and the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys were expected to engage in a shootout. It was definitely a shootout in Lubbock, but the Red Raiders made it a one-sided affair in a 56-20 win.

Tech (10-0) defeated a Top Ten opponent for the second consecutive week. Last week, they defeated then-No. 1 Texas 39-33.

The victory also gives Tech its second 10-0 start since 1938. The Red Raiders have a bye and will play at No. 6 Oklahoma on Nov. 22.

Oklahoma State (8-2) loses their second in a row to a Top Ten opponent. They lost to then-No. 1 Texas 28-24 two weeks ago. The defeat also is the Cowboys 10th consecutive loss in Lubbock.

The last time Oklahoma State won in Lubbock was 1944. With their second conference loss, the Cowboys are virtually eliminated from the Big XII South Title; as Texas and Oklahoma still have one loss. The Cowboys will travel to Boulder and play Colorado next week.

Graham Harrell, one of the contenders for the Heisman Trophy, was unstoppable vs. Oklahoma State. He completed 40-of-50 passes, for 456 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Harrell went over the 4,000 yard passing mark in the game.

The 456 yards gives Harrell 14,759 career passing yards, which is only 272 yards behind second-place Ty Detmer. The six touchdowns gives Harrell 125 career touchdown passes which only trails former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan (131).

Baron Batch was Tech’s leading rusher with 79 yards on 11 carries. Batch also had 50 yards on five receptions. Shannon Woods had nine carries for 36 yards and one touchdown. In addition, Woods had five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Eric Morris led the Red Raiders in receiving, with 10 receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown. Crabtree who had 10 receptions for 127 yards last week, had eight receptions for 89 yards and three touchdowns.

Crabtree has had at least five receptions and one touchdown for 13 straight games, which puts him in a tie for second all-time with Randy Moss. Former Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald holds the record with 14.

For the Cowboys, Zac Robinson completed 16-of-28 passes for 182 yards and one interception. Robinson entered the game second in the NCAA in quarterback rating (192.46).

Kendall Hunter, entered the game fourth in rushing yards, had 112 yards rushing on 17 carries, and two touchdowns. Dez Bryant entered the game second in the NCAA in receiving yards was held to 86 yards on four receptions. Bryant only had one reception for 16 yards in the first half.

Tech got off to a shaky start in the first quarter. On their first possession, Harrell fumbled the snap on third down and one, and Patrick Lavine recovered for the Cowboys at the Tech 31.

The Cowboys only needed three plays to convert. Hunter picked up all 31 yards including a 26-yard run to the Tech 2, where he finished off the drive with a two-yard run.

Harrell and the Tech offense would answer right back. On second down and eight, Batch gained 38 yards to the Oklahoma State 40. Harrell connected with Crabtree for 12 yards and Batch for another 12. Edward Britton finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven.

The Red Raiders would take the lead on their next possession after forcing Oklahoma State to punt. Starting with the ball at their own 30, Harrell connected with Woods for 13 yards to the Tech 43.

Crabtree caught a 15-yard pass to the Cowboys’ 42-yard line. On third down and four from the Oklahoma State 25, Woods caught a 21-yard pass from Harrell, moving the ball to the Cowboys’ four. Morris would give the Red Raiders the lead for good on a four-yard pass from Harrell.

The Tech defense forced Oklahoma State into a three-and-out, and the offense took over at their own three. Harrell would lead the Red Raiders on a time consuming drive. On third down and six, Morris caught a 13-yard pass for a first down at the Tech 20.

On first down and five from the Tech 48, Detron Lewis caught a 17-yard pass to the Cowboys 35. Crabtree finished the drive with a nine-yard reception giving Tech a 21-7 lead. Tech ran 14 plays for 97 yards and took 6:47 off the clock.

The Cowboys would cut Tech’s lead to seven on their next possession. On second and nine from their own, 21 Brandon Pettigrew caught an 18-yard pass to the Cowboys’ 39. Hunter had a 26-yard run on second and six, being brought down at the Tech 31 yard line.

Oklahoma State was down to the Tech eight and the Red Raiders defense tightened up only giving up two yards on two plays. Robinson threw an incomplete pass on third and goal from the eight. However, Tech was called for pass interference. Keith Toston finished the drive with a two-yard run, cutting Tech’s lead to 21-14.

That is the closest the Cowboys would get. On second and seven from their own 31, Woods caught a 14-yard pass to the Tech 45. On second and 11, Harrell hit Crabtree for 18 yards, and then Lewis for 18.

On second and 10 from the Oklahoma State 20, Harrell connected with Crabtree for 17 yards. Woods capped off the drive with a three-yard run, increasing Tech’s lead to 28-14.

The Cowboys would try and close the gap in the second half. Hunter converted a third down and four with an eight-yard pass from Robinson. Pettigrew caught a 14-yard pass from Robinson; but fumbled at the Oklahoma State 48 yard line, and Tech recovered.

Harrell led the Red Raiders on a 9-play 48-yard drive, ending with an eight-yard pass to Crabtree giving Tech their biggest lead at 35-14. Harrell would throw two more touchdown passes to Crabtree and Woods respectively before ending his night.

Backup quarterback Taylor Potts entered the game with 5:40 left in the game. Potts would lead Tech on a seven-play 74-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Woods. Potts completed five of his passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.


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