Saturday, November 17, 2012
Oklahoma State dominant again vs. Tech
By David Ubben
Texas Tech players talked all week about the indignities of last year's 60-point loss to eventual Big 12 champion Oklahoma State. It wouldn't happen again, they said.
Well, the Red Raiders didn't lose by 60. That's about the only thing Tech accomplished in Saturday's 59-21 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, where the Cowboys have won every matchup between the two dating back to 2001.
Clint Chelf has two career starts and both were lopsided wins over conference teams at home. That train's rolling these days, but could probably get running with a little more efficiency. The junior finished with 229 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-21 passing against the Red Raiders, who entered the day leading the league in total defense.
The day's biggest star was Isaiah Anderson, who scored three first-half touchdowns and turned his four catches into 174 yards. He also broke a 26-yard run on an end around.
There was no doubt about the best defense on the field on Saturday; Oklahoma State held Seth Doege to just 5-of-12 passing for 30 yards and an interception in the second half before he was pulled for backup Michael Brewer.
J.W. Walsh was reportedly available last week, but returned from an injury on Saturday that OSU previously said would end his season. Walsh's dad disputed those reports to multiple media outlets, and it appears he was right. Walsh ran for a touchdown and threw for Oklahoma State's first score in his return. Sketchy stuff there from OSU.
What happened to Texas Tech's special teams, though? The Red Raiders gave up a pair of blocked punts to safety Zack Craig, who returned the second one 30 yards for a touchdown that put the Pokes up, 59-14.
Last week's near-loss to Kansas, which is winless in Big 12 play, got a whole lot easier to believe when you saw Texas Tech's performance on Saturday. The Red Raiders ceded to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 standings and the bowl pecking order by way of the one-sided loss. For now, Oklahoma State's likely slotted for a trip to the Alamo Bowl, but a win at Oklahoma next week could change that and keep the Pokes' slim BCS bowl hopes alive.