STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- 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.
"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
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
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, when they led 28-9 in the first half before the Longhorns
rallied for a 47-28 victory. 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. The tailback, who had the best game of his career against
Texas with 194 yards on 31 carries, scored on an 83-yard run in the
first quarter after ducking two defenders and sprinting down the
middle of the field.
With 868 yards rushing, the freshman beat the school's old
rushing record for a freshman of 846 yards by Jamaal Fobbs in 1997.
Oklahoma State held down Red Raiders top-ranked passing attack,
which came in averaging 433.3 yards, and smothered Tech's running
game throughout. The Red Raiders managed only 30 yards on the
Hodges was 29-for-42 for 308 yards.
Gundy praised his defensive staff's game plan, which was aimed
at stopping Hodges.
"They gave up 10 points. I did not know how it was going to
work with all the jumping around we did. As an offensive coach, if
a team did that to me, I would just run it," Gundy said.
"However, that is not their team."
With 23 yards in receptions, Red Raiders running back Taurean
Henderson became the third Division I-A player with 2,000 yards
rushing and 2,000 yards receiving in his career. But he finished
with minus-6 yards rushing.
Oklahoma State rushed for 303 yards, using short bursts to make
9 of 17 third down conversions. Texas Tech made none of its 10
third-down conversion attempts.
Reid showed no signs of the foot injury that had sidelined him
since the Oct. 8 game against Missouri. He completed 10 of 18 pass
attempts for 82 yards before being replaced after a fourth-quarter
Oklahoma State took a 14-0 lead when Reid's 17-yard pass met
D'Juan Woods in the middle with 1:34 remaining in the first
quarter. Woods, stumbling to keep his feet from tangling with a
defender, recovered and ran in the touchdown.
The Cowboys' other points came on a 29-yard field goal by Bruce
Redden in the third quarter.