Vitals: Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Tech Red Raiders

Monday, November 7th 2011, 1:46 am
By: News 9

No. 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-0, 6-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2, 2-4)
11:00 a.m.
Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas

Statistical Leaders:

  Oklahoma State Cowboys Texas Tech Red Raiders 
Passing Brandon Weeden 
282-391, 3,212 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs
Seth Doege
294-429, 3,160 yards, 24 TDs, 6 INTs
Rushing Joseph Randle
151 rushes, 915 yards, 18 TDs
Eric Stephens
109 rushes, 570 yards, 8 TDs
Receiving Justin Blackmon
87 receptions, 1,039 yards, 12 TDs
Eric Ward
57 yards, 567 yards, 9 TDs

Injury Report:

Oklahoma State: WR Josh Cooper (probable, hamstring); RB Jeremy Smith (probable, hand); WR Hubert Anyiam (out, foot); OL Jonathan Rush (out, knee); CB Devin Hedgepeth (out, Achilles); FS Johnny Thomas (out, academics).

Texas Tech: LB Blake Dees (questionable, ankle); LB Pete Robertson (questionable, shoulder); CB Tre Porter (doubtful, head); LB Tanner Foster (out, knee); RB Ronnie Davis (out, suspension); RB Eric Stephens (out, knee); OL Tony Morales (out, shoulder).

Where to find it…


On Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

What you need to know…

With its No.2 ranking, Oklahoma State is officially in the driver's seat in the National Championship picture with just three games left on the schedule. OSU faced its first true gut check of the year against Kansas State and responded on both offense and defense, scoring a go-ahead touchdown and coming up with a last-second stop to avoid overtime. The Cowboys gave up 231 yard through the air and came up with one interception against the Wildcats, en route to coming away unscathed and remaining alive in the National Championship race.

Texas Tech has lost four of its last five games, save for the 41-38 upset win over the Oklahoma Sooners. The Red Raiders are one game away from being bowl eligible, with games against OSU, Missouri and Baylor on the schedule, and would love to get the sixth win and ruin Oklahoma State's season in the process. Jones AT&T is one of the toughest venues in the Big 12, and the Red Raiders always get a big boost from the home crowd.

Who you need to watch…

Sophomore running back Joseph Randle has been a workhorse for Oklahoma State all season and is now closing in on 1,000 yards for the season. With 915 yards on the season and going up against a defense that gives up an average of nearly 250 yards per game, he should get there against Tech.

With more than 3,200 passing yards this season, Brandon Weeden now has the two highest season passing totals in school history. Additionally, the senior quarterback is 9-0 on the road for his career, which could bode well as they take a tough road trip.

Defensive end Jamie Blatnick has wreaked havoc in the backfield this season and ranks 13th in the NCAA in total sacks with seven, all of which are solo. Texas Tech has allowed 13 sacks on the year and the senior could make big plays defensively.

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege leads the nation in passing yards, averaging 351 yards per game and has tossed 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions. However, the Cowboys defense has been ball hawking all year with 18 total picks this season.

Eric Ward and Alex Torres have both been consistent targets in the Red Raiders passing game this season, with 57 and 47 receptions respectively. Neither averages more than 70 yards per game, but have 13 touchdowns between them.

Red Raider defensive back Cody Davis leads the team in tackles, and is one of two college football players older than Weeden. The 32-year-old senior has 59 tackles and four passes broken up on the year.