Red Raider comeback falls short in 41-34 loss to OSU

Red Raider comeback falls short in 41-34 loss to OSU

Nic Shimonek Nic Shimonek

LUBBOCK, Texas – A late touchdown run from Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1) quarterback Mason Rudolph ended the Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1) comeback attempt, falling 41-34. The Cowboys have now won nine straight games against Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders got the ball first, but were forced to punt after a quick three-and-out. Oklahoma State would go on to score on their opening drive thanks to a 14 yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to James Washington. Texas Tech would tie it back up at seven after a 95 yard interception return for a touchdown by DaMarcus Fields. 

The Red Raider offense continued its trend of slow starts as they failed to move the ball effectively until late in the second quarter. A Michael Barden field goal as time expired cut the Oklahoma State lead to four going into the half. 

The Cowboys would come out of the half scoring 10 unanswered making it 31-17. Tech’s offense would then come alive and outscore Oklahoma State 17-3 to tie it up with 9:56 remaining in the game.

The Cowboys drove straight down the field on their next possession, but Matt Ammendola missed his second field goal of the game giving Tech a chance to take the lead. The offense would fail to capitalize on the opportunity and had to punt it away, which set up the game-winning drive for the Cowboys. Nic Shimonek and company would have one final chance to tie it up, but a turnover on downs would seal the deal for Oklahoma State.

Shimonek threw for 330 yards on 29-of-46 passing and one touchdown. Cameron Batson led the team in receiving with 84 yards on six catches. Justin Stockton led the rushing attack with 31 yards on 12 carries and a score. In total Tech finished with 384 total yards of offense. 

For Oklahoma State, Rudolph finished 27-of-38 passing for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Washington continued his success against the Red Raiders finishing with 127 yards on nine catches and a score. Justice Hill ran for 165 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown. The cowboys posted 597 yards of offense on the night. 

Texas Tech returns to action next Saturday as they travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

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