INSTANT RECAP: Oklahoma State 52, Texas Tech 34

Brett Deering

Dare I say this was a replay of Iowa State?

Jump out fast, let'em back in.

Bottles of Pepto Bismol were flying off the shelves of local pharmacies and grocery stores.

Then Clint Chelf broke out his "getting away from the cops speed", and the defense rolled out their usual 2nd half shutdown as OSU notched it's third consecutive victory in Lubbock.

Desmond Roland cemented his position as starting running back, and it appears that Rennie Childs should have confirmed his spot as the backup, as both showed off their tremendous vision and physical style, pummeling the Red Raiders and constantly getting past first contact. How far Jeremy Smith has fallen.

Two gutsy 4th and short calls resulted in badly needed TD's while the game was still in doubt.

And lets NOT forget the son of a high school classmate, Derek Branson, a walk-on that just this season nailed down a starting spot on special teams, with a blocked punt and a great block that helped Josh Stewart break off a huge punt return. Both plays resulted in OSU TD's.

All of this effort covered up two AWFUL throws from Chelf, both of which resulted in Tech TD's, one a pick 6, the other saved momentarily by Chelf's tackle, but the Red Raiders would eventually take it in for the score. A third throw directly into coverage should have been picked off.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, Tech was even more generous with the ball.

Will have way more coverage in the morning, but let's just say that this was THE win of the season. A loss here would have signaled the end of any hope for a Big 12 title. Instead, OSU has demonstrated that they are more than capable of playing with ANY team left on their schedule, including Baylor. After winning a game that MOST folks predicted as a loss at the beginning of the season, the schedule now looks great. The games are tough (that doesn't count Kansas in Stillwater next week), but 2 of the 3 are at home, including Baylor and Bedlam.

A great win on the road. Time to prep for the next one at home, and get ready to watch OU at Baylor Thursday night. Get ready for a 5-1 OSU team heading to Austin to face what will likely be an undefeated Longhorns team, with HUGE Big 12 ramifications riding on the result.

GO POKES!!!

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