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MVP Draft Recap: Texas Tech

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NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It was a shootout in Lubbock as the Cowboys scored a last-minute touchdown to become only the second Top-15 ranked team since 2007 to ever win in Lubbock at night.

Meanwhile, this year’s MVP draft has all the makings of a shootout as well, as we are a quarter of the way through the season with no clear favorite. Maybe this is the week one of our competitors can distance themselves from the pack. Let’s find out.

Oklahoma State


Justice Hill ran rampant against the Red Raider defense, rushing 30 times for 165 yards. However, he wasn’t ever able to find the end zone. James Washington again went ballistic, torching the Texas Tech secondary for nine catches, 127 yards and a touchdown. However, neither of them earned the nod this week.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
Mason Rudolph's five total TD performance earns him the MVP award this week. QB1 is the first player to earn multiple MVPs this season.
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Mason Rudolph was 27-of-38 for three TDs and an interception. He also added 50 yards on the ground on 11 carries and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:12 left in the game.

After a showing like that, it's hard not to pick the senior Heisman candidate.


Ramon Richards finally came out of his shell, leading the team in tackles with nine, including one tackle for a 6-yard loss. Imagine how many more tackles that would be if he didn't try and strip the ball every play instead of tackling... Anyway Micah has been on the RR Train all season long, but apparently she picked a bad weekend to hop off.

Right behind Richards was senior safety Tre Flowers.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

While Flowers wasn't able to punish Patrick Mahomes any longer, due to him now being in Kansas City, he still had a great game. The DB had five tackles, four of which were solo. He was also busy in coverage, breaking up three passes that were thrown his way.

The Cowboys needed someone to step up in the secondary against the potent Texas Tech Air-Raid Offense, and Flowers did his part.

Texas Tech


Despite going blow-for-blow with the Cowboys for much of the game, nobody really blew me away in the offensive category for the Raiders. Justin Stockton had 12 rushes for 28 yards to go with his seven receptions for 52 yards. Cameron Batson was Tech's leading receiver, catching six passes for 84 yards. The Tech offense only had three offensive touchdowns and didn't really look all that spectacular in the stat book.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nic Shimonek had the best game. He completed 29 of his 46 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a pick and took one sack. It wasn't a night that blew a lot of people away, but it was enough to secure this week's point.


Dakota Allen was a popular pick this week, for good reason. The Last Chance U star was tied for the team lead in tackles with eight. However, there was one person who picked someone else other than Allen.

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"Pete" went against the norm and picked Jordyn Brooks. Lucky for him, it paid off. The sophomore linebacker finished with seven tackles, five of which were solo. He also was one of the few to get through the offensive line and get a hit on Mason Rudolph. His play, along with my willingness to reward those who pick against the pack, gets Brooks the point.

Now, let’s tally up the total points!

Cade - 1 point

OSU: O - James Washington | D - Calvin Bundage
TCU: O - Nic Shimonek | D - Dakota Allen

“Pete” - 2 points

OSU: O - Mason Rudolph | D - Calvin Bundage
TCU: O - Justin Stockton | D – Jordyn Brooks

Dustin - 3 points

OSU: O - Mason Rudolph | D - Tre Flowers
TCU: O - Nic Shimonek | D -Dakota Allen

Joel - 0 points

OSU: O - James Washington | D - A.J. Green
TCU: O - Keke Coutee | D - Dakota Allen

Micah - 2 points

OSU: O - Mason Rudolph | D - Chad Whitener
TU: O - Nic Shimonek | D - Dakota Allen

Standings after Week 5:

1 - Dustin: 8
T2 - Micah: 7
T2 - “Pete”: 7
4 - Joel: 6
5 - Cade: 3

Congratulations to Dustin for making three good picks and a solid (but not quite good enough) fourth pick this week! His week vaults him into first.

Come back on Saturday for a special bye-week edition of the MVP Draft!