Two scores, one a final. Both with significant meaning.
The first score came with 5:20 to go in the 3rd quarter of the West Virginia game, with OSU fans none to comfortable. Geno Smith and WV were beginning to gash the Cowboy secondary. Fortunately, the offense AND defense responded as OSU finished strong for the final of 55-34.
The second score? We don't have to remember, because Tech might never forget. The Red Raiders suffered lacerations in Lubbock in 2011.
The latter result is important overall, as Tuberville and crew should be motivated.
The former should be of more concern to Cowboy Nation. Here's why...
As always, stats are based on Big 12 games only. If the game plays out by the averages:
- Of the 6 conference opponents OSU has faced, 5 are the bottom half in passing & total offense;
- The Cowboys' pass defense has allowed on average 17.1% MORE yards than the opponent's current per game average, and, of the 6, only one (TCU) was held under their average. Take them away, and the number goes up to 25%;
- West Virginia is ranked 3rd in passing, and OSU allowed 19.2% more yards than their current average;
- OSU has faced 3 of the top 5 running games in the Big 12;
- The Cowboys have held all of those to an average of 16.5% LESS yards than their current average;
- Have only allowed one 100 yard rusher (Sims, KU);
- OSU has faced 3 of the top 5 scoring offenses in the conference, and the 3 worst;
- The 3 worst were held 42% below their current average;
- The other 3 exceeded their current average by an average of 6%;
- Tech is #5 in conversions at 44.2%
- OSU is #2 in conversions against at 32.3%