Oklahoma State found itself tied with Texas Tech at 34-34 with 3:21 remaining on Saturday, but the Cowboys say they weren’t nervous.
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich told the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper that he wasn’t worried despite all the mistakes that had put the Cowboys in a tie game in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve had so many come-from-behind victories that I don’t think there was a question of us ever hitting the panic button,” Yurcich said.
Even with two missed field goals and a pick-six earlier in the night, the Oklahoma State offense was confident it could get the game-winning score. And it did.
Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph scored the game-winning touchdown on a 16-yard run off the zone read with 1:12 remaining, and the Cowboys held on for the win to improve to 4-1.
Oklahoma State tends to play close games against the Red Raiders. Mike Gundy admitted as much after the game. But the Cowboys usually manage to come out with the victory despite the shootouts and narrow margins. They’ve won nine straight against Texas Tech, leading to some pretty great jokes about Gundy’s dominance over the Red Raiders.
They’ll need to maintain that calm approach throughout Big 12 play, with more high-scoring games likely on the way. They get a bye this week before hosting Baylor on Oct. 14.
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