Two weeks ago, Oklahoma State took a 19-point lead against No. 2 Texas, only to see the Longhorns score 38 straight and win in a rout. The Cowboys were determined...
STILLWATER, Okla. — Two weeks ago, Oklahoma State took a 19-point lead against No. 2 Texas, only to see the Longhorns score 38 straight and win in a rout.
The Cowboys were determined not to squander another big lead against another ranked opponent.
Al Pena scored on a 1-yard run with 23 seconds remaining to stave off a rally by No. 13 Texas Tech and give Oklahoma State a 24-17 win Saturday.
Julius Crosslin did most of the work on the Cowboys’ last drive with runs of 12, 11, 10 and 9, putting Pena in position to break a 17-17 tie in a game Oklahoma State (4-5, 1-5 Big 12) led 17-0 with 6:41 left in the third quarter.
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“We were dealt some adversity in the fourth quarter, and we handled it very effectively in this game,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “We were able to drive the ball at the end. I wanted to go down there and score and not leave them any time on the clock.”
It was the first conference win for Oklahoma State and spoiled Texas Tech’s hopes of its first 10-win season since 1976.
“They hit harder than we did. They ran faster than we did,” Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. “They wanted to win the game more than we did.”
The Cowboys stymied the nation’s top passing offense from the start and led Texas Tech (8-2, 5-2) 17-0 with 6:41 to go in the third quarter.
The Red Raiders finally got on the board with a field goal minutes later, and Cody Hodges threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Hicks with 14:42 to go.
Seconds later, after a penalty left the Cowboys driving from their own 8, Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid fumbled and Chris Hudler jumped on it in the end zone for the tying TD.
The Cowboys appeared headed toward a repeat of their against Texas. In a wild final quarter, though, the ball changed hands on turnovers three more times, before Pena, who hadn’t played until the fourth quarter, scored.
“We had the momentum and thought we would turn it around,” Hudler said, “but things did not go our way.”
Mike Hamilton led the Cowboys with 161 yards rushing on 23 carries.
With 868 yards rushing, the freshman beat the school’s old rushing record for a freshman of 846 yards by Jamaal Fobbs in 1997.