Lavine's pick may delay a South celebration

Patrick Lavine's 20-yard interception return for a touchdown has boosted Oklahoma State to a lead over Texas Tech and put the Cowboys close to putting this one away.

Lavine stepped in front of a pass from Steven Sheffield to Lyle Leong and streaked down the sideline for the score.

The apparent Oklahoma State victory could put Texas' South Division title hopes on ice at least for a week.

The Longhorns could have clinched an appearance in the Dec. 5 Big 12 title game with an Oklahoma State loss.

That will have to wait until next week, when the Longhorns host Kansas.

As soon as Sheffield threw the interception, Taylor Potts was inserted into the lineup. He responded with a six-play scoring drive, capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass to Edward Britton.

But the Red Raiders will be going against a tired Tech defense without linebacker Marlon Williams, who was just carted off the field for the locker room with a leg injury.