It was wild, crazy, sometimes ugly, but at the end, beautiful.
Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech on Saturday, 70-53, in the highest-scoring college football game of the season. And for just the third time ever, the Cowboys are 8-0.
We all knew it would be a shootout. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have two of the top passing attacks in the country and neither disappointed. The two squads combined for 658 total yards – in the first half.
Tech came out and popped the Pokes in the mouth. The Red Raiders marched 76 yards on just three plays to open the game with a touchdown. After forcing an OSU punt, Tech drove 97 yards in four plays for another score.
The proverbial rain kept falling as Rudolph threw a pick on the Cowboys’ next trip. Tech turned that into a field goal and a 17-point first-quarter lead. Things evened out a lot from this point, but the damage was done.
The two teams exchanged touchdowns on the next five combined possessions and Texas Tech took a 38-28 lead into the break.
Things slowed dramatically in the second half, at least for a while. But OSU got back in it when Jalen McClesky took a punt back 67 yards to the house to make it 38-35.
OSU took its first lead when Raymond Taylor ran one in from 28 yards out with 1:49 left in the third. Taylor, playing in just his fifth game this season, ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Tech re-took the lead with another score, but it was all Pokes from there.
The Cowboys scored touchdowns on each of its next three possessions to open the floodgates. OSU seized a 63-53 lead and held that until the final moments, when Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ sideline pass was pick-sixed by Ramon Richards for a 59-yard score.
OSU’s win is its seventh straight over the Red Raiders (5-4, 2-4). The Cowboys, who are now 5-0 in the Big 12, have won 10 straight games dating back to last season.
It’s hard to identify a key player in this one because so many guys did so much. Mason Rudolph threw for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns while J.W. Walsh threw for 167 and two scores. Walsh did that on just five pass attempts, by the way. The senior quarterback also ran for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor came out of nowhere to lead OSU’s running back corps. Chris Carson chipped in 26 yards while Rennie Childs was held to 13.
James Washington only caught four balls, but boy did he make the most of ‘em. Washington collected 200 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard bomb. Brandon Sheperd and Austin Hays also caught touchdown passes.
Mahomes finished with 480 yards and four touchdowns. DeAndre Washington led Tech’s ground game with 95 yards and a score on 22 rushes, but Jakeem Grant played out of his mind. Grant caught 13 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. He also returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown.
But in the end, none of it was enough. OSU’s Big 12 and national title hopes are still alive, but the run of mediocre opponents is over. The Cowboys host TCU (8-0, 5-0) next Saturday in one of the most anticipated games in school history.
Kick from Boone Pickens Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.