When it came to mistakes, the Cowboys had it covered.
Almost to a touchdown, Tech had to settle for a field goal as time ran out in the first half. Oklahoma State was forced to kick four field goals and missed two of those attempts.
Here comes a prolific Oklahoma State offense that figures to be salty after looking flummoxed in Saturday's home loss to TCU. After receiving the kickoff to start the third quarter, the Pokes marched down the field yet again and scored a touchdown to make it 28-17.
When the Red Raiders' deep safety shaded toward Washington's side of the field, that meant it was Ateman's responsibility to make a play. "Missed field goals here of there". After that, Texas Tech made some serious pushes to pull off the upset.
Series record: Texas Tech leads 21-20-3. It worked, and Tech had the ball seemingly ready to strike. Quarterback Nic Shimonek has completed 92-of-125 passes for 1,248 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception; his 85.9 QBR rank via ESPN is third-best in FBS, behind Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Rudolph.
He did - out-leaping Texas Tech cornerback Octavious Morgan, high-pointing the football and securing it as he went to the ground.More news: 3 keys for Chargers offense vs. Eagles
Oklahoma State rebounded from its one bad possession by putting together another good one, moving 73 yards to the Texas Tech 2-yard line, but Rudolph's third-and-goal keeper was stuffed, and Ammendola again doinked a chip shot field goal off the same right upright.
The Passing play for tech is headed by wide receiver Keke Coutee.
Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph kept the ball on a zone-read and found a clear field for a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter to lift Oklahoma State to a 41-34 victory at Jones Stadium. Oklahoma State, though, has taken the last eight meetings between the two.
Once in the red zone, Rudolph dashed into the end zone on a quarterback keeper, a play that had been effective all night for the Oklahoma State offense.
No matter how many points the Red Raiders put up - and they could score with the best of college football - it figured that the defense would find a way to surrender even more points. The Oklahoma State defense responded by holding Tech on fourth and 10 from midfield, then took a knee to seal the deal. "You look at the teams that have won the league the last few years and they're way up there in the turnover margin, and that's where we're trying to get to give (ourselves) a chance in every game in the Big 12", Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury told the media this week. As will Oklahoma State, which knows this unit is different.