Last weekend Oklahoma State powered their way past Kansas State at home, seemingly correcting many of the problems that caused them to stumble on the road at Texas. We’ll see that theory tested as the Cowboys leave Stillwater for the fourth time this season to play a football game. Here are ten things that you may not have known about Saturday’s game at Texas Tech.
1. A Super Close Series
Saturday will bring the 47th meeting between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in a series dates back to 1935. The 2019 season also marks the 24th consecutive year the teams have met. The Red Raiders own a 22-21-3 edge in the all-time series, but the Cowboys have won nine of the past 10 games, as well as each of the past five matchups in Lubbock.
2. It’s Been A While Since They Stormed The Field
The Red Raiders will be searching for their first top-25 win at home since the 2013 campaign when Texas Tech topped No. 24 TCU, 20-10, early in the season. A victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State would mark the highest ranked AP poll win for the Red Raiders at home since downing No. 4 West Virginia, 49-14, in 2012.
3. Trending Nicely
O-State running back Chuba Hubbard’s rushing total of 938 yards is 284 more than No. 2 in FBS – equal to the difference between No. 2 and No. 43 in the FBS. Hubbard’s rushing yards through five games are better than three of the past four running backs to win the Heisman, and his yards per carry total is better than all four.
4. Looking For Things To Be Different This Year
The Red Raiders limited Oklahoma State to only 128 yards on the ground a year ago, while totaling 224 yards and three touchdowns of its own in the running game. The Cowboys finished with only 386 yards of total offense as Texas Tech created two takeaways in the 41-17 victory.
5. Pacing The Big 12 Pass Catchers
Tylan Wallace is third nationally with 618 receiving yards this season and No. 6 with six receiving touchdowns. He leads the Big 12 in both categories.
6. Now That’s A Streak Of Bad Luck
This will be the eighth time in the past 10 years and the ninth time overall where the Red Raiders have opened their Big 12 home slate against a ranked opponent. Texas Tech is 1-7 in those games with its lone win coming in 2013 versus No. 24 TCU. The majority of those games have been decided by only one possession, though, as the Red Raiders have lost by only an average of 8.9 points.
7. He’s Only Going To Get Better
OSU freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders ranks No. 3 in rushing yards among FBS quarterbacks and is No. 1 among Power Five freshmen with 284.6 yards of total offense per game. He and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts are the only two players in college football to rank among the top 50 players in both rushing and passing yards.
8. The Oklahoma Connection
The relationship between the two head coaches in this weekend’s game dates back to the early 1990s when Matt Wells was a high school quarterback at Sallisaw and Mike Gundy was the quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State. Gundy Wells to come to OSU before he eventually chose to accept a scholarship to Utah State.
9. How Do You Defend Against That?
Oklahoma State joins Ohio State as the only two teams in the nation to have rushed for at least 1,200 yards and passed for at least 1,200 yards this season.
10. Sacking The Quarterback Won’t Be Easy
Texas Tech has been among the top teams in the country so far this season in keeping the quarterback upright as the Red Raiders have allowed only three sacks this year, which ranks tied for fifth in the FBS entering this weekend. That success has come despite Tech being one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the country with 184 attempts through the air already this year.
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