11 Reasons Why OSU’s Win Over Texas Tech Mattered
STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State football team improved to 4-1 with a 41-34 win at Texas Tech Saturday night. Quarterback Mason Rudolph broke a school record with his 17th career 300-yard passing game and running back Justice Hill produced career highs with 164 rushing yards and 30 carries. Some other key notes on the win:
Following the win, Oklahoma State…
• Has won at least four of its first five games eight times during the Mike Gundy era.
• Is now 21-21-3 all-time vs. Texas Tech.
• Has beaten Texas Tech nine straight times, matching its longest active winning streak over any opponent. OSU has also won nine straight over Louisiana.
• Has beaten Texas Tech five straight times in Lubbock, marking the longest road streak for either team in the series.
• Is 11-2 vs. Texas Tech during the Mike Gundy era.
• Has wins in 12 of its last 14 true road games.
• Has won 12 of its last 14 games overall.
• Is 56-6 in its last 62 games vs. unranked teams, dating back to 2010.
• Has won 22 of its last 23 games when playing as a ranked team against an unranked opponent.
• Is 64-40 in conference games during the Mike Gundy era.
• Is 45-19 in Big 12 Conference games since 2010.
Standout performers included the following:
Mason Rudolph | Quarterback | 6-5 | 230 | Senior | Rock Hill, SC
-Threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-38 passing.
-Added 11 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
-Responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing and two rushing.
-Scored OSU’s game-winning touchdown with 1:12 remaining on a 16-yard rush to break a 34-34 tie.
-On OSU’s final, game-winning drive, he guided the Cowboys on a six-play, 79-yard touchdown drive while going 3-for-3 passing for 44 yards and rushing twice for 18 yards and a touchdown.
-Completed passes to eight different receivers and touchdown passes to three different receivers.
-Helped two receivers cross the 100-yard mark for the third straight game.
-Set an OSU record with his 17th career game with at least 300 passing yards, breaking Brandon Weeden’s previous mark of 16.
-Extended his OSU record with his sixth-straight 300-yard passing game, including every game in 2017.
-Became OSU’s all-time leader in career pass attempts, passing Brandon Weeden for the top spot.
-Entered the game leading the nation in 30-plus yard completions this year and added three more.
Tre Flowers | Safety | 6-3 | 200 | R-Senior | Converse, TX
-Led the way for the Cowboy defense with three pass breakups.
-Knocked down Texas Tech’s final two pass attempts of the game on third and fourth down with less than a minute remaining to seal a one-touchdown win for OSU.
-Finished with five total tackles.
Devin Harper | Linebcker | 6-1 | 240 | R-Freshman | Knoxville, TN
-Blocked a Texas Tech punt in the third quarter to give OSU the ball inside the TTU 10-yard line.
-That marked OSU’s first blocked punt since Miketavius Jones blocked a punt against Kansas in 2015.
-It was OSU’s first blocked kick of the season and its first of any kind since Vincent Taylorblocked a PAT attempt at TCU last season.
Teven Jenkins | Offensive Lineman | 6-6 | 310 | R-Freshman | Topeka, KS
-Came into the game at right guard during the second quarter after injuries depleted the OSU line.
-Filled in on the offensive line for the second-straight week.
-The only OSU freshman to play meaningful snaps on the offensive line this season.
-Helped pave the way for a 221-yard rushing night for the OSU offense, including a career-high 164 yards for running back Justice Hill and a two rushing touchdown day for Mason Rudolph.
-Blocked for Mason Rudolph‘s 376-yard, three touchdown passing performance.
-Part of a Cowboy offensive line that allowed only one sack in the game against Texas Tech.