A career game by junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon and a two-headed running attack led by Kendall Hunter brought the Oklahoma State Cowboys its first victory in Lubbock, Texas since 1944.
OK State (6-0, 2-0) easily defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-3, 1-3) 34-17 Saturday afternoon. As a result, the Cowboys moved up to No. 17 in the AP Coaches poll released earlier today. They also sit in a tie for first place in the Big 12 South division with in-state rivals Oklahoma.
Blackmon had a career day for the away squad, catching 10 passes for 207 yards, both career highs. His lone touchdown on the day was a 62-yard connection with quarterback Brandon Weeden in the third quarter, which all but cemented the win.
Not to be out done the star receiver, the Cowboys’ defense held the lethal Red Raider offense in check, allowing a team that averages more than 30 points a game just 17. They also shutout the Red Raiders in the first quarter, who didn’t find the end zone until thee second quarter.
It was the third time this season the Red Raiders failed to score in the first quarter.
Red Raider quarterback Taylor Potts had just 226 yards and one touchdown pass, averaging 5.3 yards per pass. The Cowboys D also sacked Potts twice, while forcing two fumbles by Texas Tech running backs.
On the other hand, the Cowboys’ running backs were just too much for the Red Raiders defense, accounting for 225 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Senior Kendall Hunter ran for 130 yards on 25 carries, including a 15-yard score.
Freshman Joseph Randle, who had just 129 total yards rushing this season, chipped in a career high 95 yards and scored his first career touchdown, a four-yard run.
Weeden managed a much better performance than his Red Raider counterpart, going 24 for 35 for 356 yards and one touchdown, the pass to Blackmon.
The Cowboys got the ball on their own 36 yard line in the third quarter after a Red Raider turnover, and Weeden found Blackmon at the Texas Tech 40, who took it the rest of the way down the side line for the score.
Weeden’s interceptions woes continued however, as he threw two for the third straight game. But, when an entire team is clicking on all cylinders, two interceptions are not such a big deal.
The Cowboys, who are slowly working their way into the national spotlight, can grab some attention next week when Big 12 foe Nebraska comes to Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cornhuskers, who fell to No. 14 in the AP polls, are coming off a tough loss to the Texas Longhorns yesterday.
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Written by Joe O'Connell
I live in Massachusetts and currently write news articles for a local newspaper. I love sports and covered college football while working as sports editor for my college's student newspaper. I am hoping that this blog can help me get back into the swing of things of covering all sports.