Oklahoma State overwhelmed Texas Tech on Thursday night and took home a 45-35 win in Stillwater. Here's the instant analysis, stay tuned for the full game recap.
What went well:
The Cowboy passing attack looked a little better on Thursday. Quarterback Daxx Garman was still a little shaky with some intermediate throws and made a few poor decisions, but also made a handful of terrific tosses. Two went to the end zone to the hyped-up freshman receiver James Washington. Washington came in with just two grabs on the season but hauled in three balls for 87 yards and a pair of scores. An encouraging sign for a promising player.
The Cowboys can't be pleased with their run game. Desmond Roland ran for 811 yards and 13 touchdowns last season with a 4.6 yards-per-carry average. That YPC has taken a severe dip early this season down to 3.7 as the Cowboy offensive line continues to struggle a bit. OSU did run for 158 yards, but it took 42 tries against a porous Texas Tech defense. The ground attack remains a work in progress.
What it means:
OSU is 1-0 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys also won their sixth straight game against Texas Tech. Already sitting at 1-0, the Pokes have a very good shot at making that 3-0 with upcoming games against Iowa State and Kansas.
As correctly predicted here, phenom Tyreek Hill found the end zone for the first time in his college career. With OSU up 28-21, Garman found Hill for a 50-yard touchdown. Hill finished the night with 89 total yards on nine offensive touches.
Garman. He wasn't perfect but he was improved. Making just his second start, Garman threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 27 yards and another score.
The Pokes host Iowa State next Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU will look to improve to 4-1.