Oklahoma State downs Texas Tech in Big 12 clash; more late Week 10 Snap Judgments
Snap Judgments from the Week 10 late slate. For more coverage, check out Andy Staples' file from Florida State's win over Miami and our early and midday Snaps.
• No. 18 Oklahoma State 52, No. 15 Texas Tech 34: The Big 12 title race became a little more clear on Saturday night in Lubbock.
With Oklahoma State's 52-34 victory over Texas Tech, the 7-1 Cowboys remain in the thick of the conversation, as the two programs continue to trend in opposite directions. Oklahoma State won its fourth straight since losing to West Virginia on Sept. 28, while the Red Raiders lost for the second consecutive week. Texas Tech is now 7-2 after winning its first seven games under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Red Raiders didn't have much luck stopping the Cowboys' rushing attack. Oklahoma State ran for 281 yards and five touchdowns, and junior tailback Desmond Roland -- who broke out in last Saturday's 58-27 rout of Iowa State -- carried 31 times for 96 yards and three scores. Quarterback Clint Chelf passed for a season-high 211 yards with two touchdowns, and he added 88 yards and two scores on the ground.
After the Cowboys' offense struggled in its first few conference games, it seems coach Mike Gundy's group is clicking at the right time.
Two-loss Texas Tech isn't completely out of the Big 12 picture, but its road to a title has become significantly more difficult. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, moves to 4-1 in league play. It is tied with Oklahoma and one game back of both Texas and Baylor.
The Cowboys' remaining slate is very intriguing. After they take on Kansas next week, they'll close with matchups that should fully determine the conference hierarchy: They play Texas (Nov. 16), Baylor (Nov. 23) and Oklahoma (Dec. 7) in succession. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 3 Florida State 41, No. 7 Miami 14: Quarterback James Winston and the Seminoles were tested early, but Florida State held Miami scoreless in the second half en route to an easy victory. SI.com's Andy Staples was at Doak Campbell Stadium and has more from the scene. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 8 Auburn 35, Arkansas 17: Auburn's Tre Mason put on a quite a show against Arkansas. The Tigers tailback rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the first half alone. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall also tallied 177 yards of total offense in his return from a shoulder injury. The Hogs have now lost six straight games in Bret Bielema's first season as head coach, the program's longest skid since 1990. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 19 Missouri 31, Tennessee 3: Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk may not be known as a rushing threat, but he looked the part on Saturday against Tennessee. Mauk carried 13 times for a career-high 114 rushing yards and a touchdown, and he threw for 163 yards with three scores to help the Tigers bounce back from last week's crushing loss to South Carolina. Vols freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs, who made his first career start, threw for 240 yards with three interceptions. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 17 UCLA 45, Colorado 23: Coming off back-to-back losses at Stanford and Oregon, UCLA was happy to welcome Colorado to town. Quarterback Brett Hundley accounted for four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as the Bruins dropped the Buffaloes. UCLA started slowly, falling behind 10-7 in the second quarter, but it quickly found its footing. Jim Mora's team went on a 28-3 run in the second and third quarters. [RECAP l BOX]
• No. 12 Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7: Aggies star Johnny Manziel scored six total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in less than three full quarters of action against UTEP on Saturday. In all, Manziel tallied 240 yards of total offense as A&M shook off a slow start in a 57-7 rout. [RECAP l BOX]• No. 16 Fresno State 41, Nevada 23: Nevada hung around a little longer than Fresno State might have expected, but the Bulldogs' passing game once again proved too much to handle. Quarterback Derek Carr went 39-of-56 for 487 yards with three touchdowns, and wide receiver Josh Harper hauled in a career-high 17 catches for 253 yards and two scores. [RECAP l BOX]