Oklahoma State held off a comeback attempt in Lubbock, Texas, for a big win over Texas Tech in Week 5.
The Cowboys defeated the Red Raiders 41-34 on a last-minute drive to move to 4-1 on the season. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph made huge plays down the stretch, and the defense got two huge stops late in the game to ensure the win.
Here are the three biggest takeaways from the game.
1. Mason Rudolph is clutch
Mason Rudolph made the two biggest plays of the night on the final drive of the game. First, he hit wide receiver Marcell Ateman for a 26-yard gain on 3rd-and-5 to keep the game-winning drive alive.
Then, he took the ball into the end zone himself on a keeper for a game-winning 16-yard touchdown run. He finished the night with 376 yards passing and 5 total touchdowns. It was an incredible performance by the senior quarterback.
2. Oklahoma State’s defense tightened up when it needed to
After giving up an 80-yard touchdown drive on Texas Tech’s third drive of the game, the Cowboys limited the Red Raiders to help the offense build a lead. They forced field goals on the next two Texas Tech drives that got in the red zone.
Then, after letting the Red Raiders rally to tie the game, they forced a punt with 3:21 remaining in the game to get the Oklahoma State offense back on the field for the game-winning drive. On Texas Tech’s final possession, the Cowboys forced an incompletion on 4th-and-10 to seal the victory.
3. The Cowboys are almost unstoppable if they avoid mistakes
A pick-six thrown by Mason Rudolph and the missed field goals by Matt Ammendola kept the Red Raiders in the game. But Oklahoma State was able to overcome those mistakes to get the win.
Turnovers and mistakes doomed Oklahoma State against TCU, but that’s pretty much the only way teams can hope to slow down the Cowboys. They were even in turnover margin this week, a vast improvement after being -3 against the Frogs. If they keep that up, it will be tough for anyone to beat them.
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