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No, 23 Oklahoma State 50, Texas Tech 44

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28: Running back SaRodorick Thompson #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders breaks free for a 59-yard touchdown after slipping through the reach of safety Kolby Harvell-Peel #31 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSU won 50-44. (Pool Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY *** Local Caption *** SaRodorick Thompson

GETTING STARTED

  • Today’s game was televised nationally on FOX Sports. It was Texas Tech’s third appearance on the network this season.
  • Today’s game marked the 48th all-time between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and the 21st at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
  • Oklahoma State won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Red Raiders have now the toss in five of nine games so far this season.
  • Texas Tech wore white helmets, white jerseys and white pants for the first time this season. Since 2009, the Red Raiders are now 10-6 in the combination.
  • Today’s game captain was Alan Bowman. As part of Texas Tech’s entrance pregame, Patrick Curley carried the U.S. flag, while Erik Ezukanma ran out with the state of Texas flag.
  • Today’s attendance: 14,645.

 

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Caleb Rogers, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Josh Burger, (QB) Alan Bowman, (RB) SaRodrick Thompson, (WR) Dalton Rigdon, (TE) Travis Koontz, (WR) Eric Ezukanma, (WR) Ja’Lynn Polk; (Defense) – (DE) Tyree Wilson, (T) Tony Bradford, (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (SAM) Riko Jeffers, (MIKE) Krishon Merriweather, (WILL) Colin Schooler, (CB) Zech McPhearson, (SPUR) Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, (CB) DaMarcus Fields, (S) Eric Monroe, (S) Thomas Leggett.

 

TEXAS TECH’S LOSS…

  • Gives Texas Tech a 3-6 overall record and an 2-6 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
  • Gives Texas Tech a 23-22-3 all-time record against Oklahoma State, including a 9-14-1 mark in games played in Stillwater.
  • Gives Matt Wells a career record of 7-14 at Texas Tech.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 51-48 career record all-time as a head coach.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 1-1 career record all-time against Oklahoma State.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 9-3 career record in games following an open week, which includes a 2-3 mark at Texas Tech.

 

TEXAS TECH’S TEAM NOTES

  • SaRodorick Thompson’s 59-yard touchdown scamper midway through the first quarter extended Texas Tech’s consecutive games scoring streak to 291, which is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the FBS and second in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders and Oklahoma are currently tied for the 10th-longest scoring streak in FBS history.
  • Today’s game marked the eighth time in the last nine meetings between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State where the two teams have combined for at least 75 points. The two schools have now combined for at least 50 points in each of the past 11 meetings and in 19 of the past 22 contests overall.
  • Texas Tech’s 639 yards of total offense marked a season high, breaking the previous mark of 624 yards of total offense in the win over Houston Baptist.
  • Texas Tech’s 255 rushing yards as a team marked its most against Oklahoma State dating back to the 2000 season. The Red Raiders had only rushed for 200 yards only once previously during that span, which came in the 224-yard performance in their last visit to Stillwater in 2018. It marked the most rushing yards versus a Big 12 opponent since the Red Raiders posted 313 at Kansas in 2017.
  • Texas Tech’s three takeaways marked a season high as the Red Raiders previously created two turnovers in their Big 12 opener versus Texas. On the flip side, Texas Tech’s three turnovers of its own matched its season high set earlier in the year against the Longhorns as well as Oklahoma.

 

THOMPSON, WHITE PACE RUNNING GAME WITH STRONG GAME ON THE GROUND

  • Texas Tech came close to having two 100-yard rushers for only the third time in school history as SaRodorick Thompson totaled 133 yards on the ground followed by Xavier White with 98 yards.It marked the fourth career 100-yard rushing performance of Thompson’s career and third of the year as he previously went for 118 yards in the season-opener versus Houston Baptist and then 119 yards two weeks later against Texas. His career high remains the 153 yards he rushed for last season against Baylor.
  • Thompson nearly hit the 100-yard mark in the first half alone as he closed the opening 30 minutes with 97 yards on the ground on only eight carries. Thompson averaged an impressive 12.1 yards per carry  in the first half after breaking loose on a pair of touchdown runs, the first being a 59-yard scamper with 7:01 remaining in the first quarter followed by a 24-yarder with 9:33 remaining in the half. It was the eighth multi-touchdown game of Thompson’s career and his third of the year.
  • Thompson’s opening touchdown run marked his second rush of 50 yards or longer this season as he also sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown versus Texas. It was the third run of 50 or more yards of his career as he also went 58 yards into the red zone last season against Oklahoma.
  • Xavier White broke loose on a 70-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 34-31. It was the longest play from scrimmage in White’s career as he previously went 49 yards for a touchdown earlier this season against Kansas State. White closed the game with 98 yards on the ground on only nine carries. It was the second carry of 70 yards or longer by a Red Raider so far this season.

 

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Alan Bowman made his first start at quarterback since facing Iowa State on Oct. 10 as the sophomore completed 31-of-46 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns. It marked the ninth time in his career where Bowman has thrown for 300 yards in a game and the second time versus Oklahoma State. This was his first 300-yard game since recording 325 passing yards earlier this year versus Texas.
  • Jonathan Garibay improved to 5-of-5 on field goal attempts since taking over the role two weeks ago against Baylor as he connected on a successful 44-yard attempt with 2:28 remaining in the first half.
  • Zech McPhearson picked off a pass for the third-consecutive game and the fourth time this season on Oklahoma State’s opening drive of the second half. He is the first Red Raider to record an interception in three-straight games since his former teammate Douglas Coleman III had one in four-consecutive games during the 2019 season. With games still to be played today, the interception will likely move McPhearson into a tie for the Big 12 lead as Iowa State’s Mike Rose also has four this season following the Cyclones’ win over Texas on Friday.
  • Erik Ezukanma made a habit out of the big play as he hauled in two passes of 40 or more yards in the game, beginning with a 43 yard reception on a 3rd-and-10 play early in the second quarter followed by a 48-yard touchdown strike midway through the third quarter. Ezukanma, who finished with a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, leads the team with 10 receptions of 20 yards or longer this season. It was the second 100-yard performance of Ezukanma’s career as he previously totaled 150 yards through the air in the 2019 finale versus Texas.
  • Kosi Eldridge ended an Oklahoma State drive early in the second quarter with his first career sacks. Eldridge, who came into the game with 10 tackles on the season, finished one tackle shy of his season high as he had three in the loss.
  • Adam Beck nearly reached double digits for tackles for the second time in his career as he finished with nine from his spot in the secondary. He previously totaled a career-high 12 tackles a year ago versus TCU. He shared the team high for tackles with DaMarcus Fields.
  • Loic Fouonji found the end zone for the first time in his career late in the fourth quarter as he hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Alan Bowman. It was just the fourth reception to Fouonji so far this season.

Matt Dowdy


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