Texas Tech football’s most painful drought is over.
Pegged as big underdogs on the road in the Big 12 opener, the Red Raiders flipped the script and pounded Oklahoma State, 41-17, on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
There are plenty of numbers to measure Texas Tech’s road victory, but none more important than these: The Red Raiders snapped the Cowboys’ nine-game winning streak in the series and Texas Tech won in Stillwater for the first time in 17 years.
But a close runner-up to those streak-breaking stats was the Texas Tech defense’s shutout in the second half.
Holding a seven-point lead at the break, the Red Raider defense made sure it stood up by blanking Oklahoma State in the second half.
Though they were discredited by casual observers and the uniformed for giving up 635 yards and 49 points in a win over Houston, the Texas Tech defense flexed its muscles against Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys came in averaging 590 yards of total offense, good for sixth in the nation.
But the Red Raiders held Oklahoma State to 386 total yards and the aforementioned zero points in the second half.
Texas Tech (3-1) did its thing on offense, of course, as quarterback Alan Bowman passed for 397 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He threw his first two interceptions of his college career, but it didn’t seem to faze the freshman.
The Red Raiders were almost exactly on target of their nation-leading 624.3 yards per game on offense as they finished with 621.
But this week, the running game more than pulled its weight. Senior running back Demarcus Felton had his best day yet at Texas Tech as he rushed for 121 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries. That spearheaded Texas Tech’s 224 rushing yards.
The Red Raiders are still in the toughest stretch of their season with West Virginia coming to town next weekend followed by a road trip to TCU the second week of October.
But it’s a good bet there will be plenty of smiles on the flight home tonight and not as many people griping about the 11 a.m. kickoff next Saturday when the Red Raiders face the Mountaineers at Jones AT&T Stadium.