2:00 PM ET, November 12, 2005
Boone Pickens Stadium, STILLWATER, OK
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Two weeks ago, Oklahoma State took a 19-point lead against No. 2 Texas, only to see the Longhorns score 38 straight and win in a rout.
The Cowboys were determined not to squander another big lead against another ranked opponent.
Al Pena scored on a 1-yard run with 23 seconds remaining to stave off a rally by No. 13 Texas Tech and give Oklahoma State a 24-17 win Saturday.
Julius Crosslin did most of the work on the Cowboys' last drive with runs of 12, 11, 10 and 9, putting Pena in position to break a 17-17 tie in a game Oklahoma State (4-5, 1-5 Big 12) led 17-0 with 6:41 left in the third quarter.
"We were dealt some adversity in the fourth quarter and we handled it very effectively in this game," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "We were able to drive the ball at the end. I wanted to go down there and score and not leave them any time on the clock."
It was the first conference win for Oklahoma State and spoiled Texas Tech's hopes of its first 10-win season since 1976.
"They hit harder than we did. They ran faster than we did," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "They wanted to win the game more than we did."
The Cowboys stymied the nation's top passing offense from the start and led Texas Tech (8-2, 5-2) 17-0 with 6:41 to go in the third quarter.
Seconds later, after a penalty left the Cowboys driving from their own 8, Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid fumbled and Chris Hudler jumped on it in the end zone for the tying TD.
The Cowboys appeared headed toward a repeat of their against Texas, when they led 28-9 in the first half before the Longhorns rallied for a 47-28 victory. In a wild final quarter, though, the ball changed hands on turnovers three more times, before Pena, who hadn't played until the fourth quarter, scored.
"We had the momentum and thought we would turn it around," Hudler said, "but things did not go our way."
Mike Hamilton led the Cowboys with 161 yards rushing on 23 carries. The tailback, who had the best game of his career against Texas with 194 yards on 31 carries, scored on an 83-yard run in the first quarter after ducking two defenders and sprinting down the middle of the field.
With 868 yards rushing, the freshman beat the school's old rushing record for a freshman of 846 yards by Jamaal Fobbs in 1997.
Oklahoma State held down Red Raiders top-ranked passing attack, which came in averaging 433.3 yards, and smothered Tech's running game throughout. The Red Raiders managed only 30 yards on the ground.
Hodges was 29-for-42 for 308 yards.
Gundy praised his defensive staff's game plan, which was aimed at stopping Hodges.
"They gave up 10 points. I did not know how it was going to work with all the jumping around we did. As an offensive coach, if a team did that to me, I would just run it," Gundy said. "However, that is not their team."
With 23 yards in receptions, Red Raiders running back Taurean Henderson became the third Division I-A player with 2,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving in his career. But he finished with minus-6 yards rushing.
Oklahoma State rushed for 303 yards, using short bursts to make 9 of 17 third down conversions. Texas Tech made none of its 10 third-down conversion attempts.
Reid showed no signs of the foot injury that had sidelined him since the Oct. 8 game against Missouri. He completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 82 yards before being replaced after a fourth-quarter fumble.
Oklahoma State took a 14-0 lead when Reid's 17-yard pass met D'Juan Woods in the middle with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter. Woods, stumbling to keep his feet from tangling with a defender, recovered and ran in the touchdown.
The Cowboys' other points came on a 29-yard field goal by Bruce Redden in the third quarter.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Al Pena scored on a 1-yard run with 23 seconds remaining as Oklahoma State held off a rally by Texas Tech.
Gameball goes to... Mike Hamilton. OSU rushed for 303 yards, and Hamilton accounted for 161 of those yards on 23 carries.
Stat of the game... 1: The upset over the Red Raiders marked the Cowboys' first Big 12 win of the season.
The Fan Pick
1.4% of College Pick'em players picked Oklahoma State to win the game.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||0-10||9-17|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|TD||10:22||MIKE HAMILTON 83 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 98 yards.
|TD||1:34||D'JUAN WOODS 17 YD PASS FROM BOBBY REID (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||6:41||BRUCE REDDEN 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 38 yards.
|FG||4:56||ALEX TRLICA 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||14:42||JARRETT HICKS 4 YD PASS FROM CODY HODGES (ALEX TRLICA KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||14:23||CHRIS HUDLER 0 YD FUMBLE RETURN (ALEX TRLICA KICK)||17||17|
|TD||0:23||AL PENA 1 YD RUN (BRUCE REDDEN KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.