LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Mike Leach wondered when his Texas Tech
team would wake up Saturday.
It took almost a half but the Red Raiders finally came to and
beat Oklahoma State 30-24.
"Early in the game, we weren't ready to go," Leach said. "It
all goes to why you don't play football games every day or
three-game series against teams. It's hard to get that intensity
Graham Harrell threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns to lead
Tech. The Red Raiders rallied from an early 17-0 deficit, scoring
on five straight possessions to take a 27-17 lead late in the third
Down 30-24, the Cowboys had a chance in the final minute but
Bobby Reid threw an incompletion into the end zone as time expired.
"I was hoping we'd whack him before he was able to throw it,"
Leach said. "Then I was hoping we'd intercept it. Then I was
satisfied with the fact that we batted it away."
Harrell, who completed 28-of-44 passes, threw TD passes of 24
and 8 yards. Shannon Woods ran it in from 1 yard out and Alex
Trlica kicked field goals of 28, 19 and 23 yards.
The Red Raiders (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) comeback was aided by poor
field position for the Cowboys, whose first four possessions of the
second half started inside their own 10-yard line. On the fourth
drive, Oklahoma State (6-5, 3-4) drove 93 yards to close within
27-24 on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Adarius Bowman.
Trlica's final field goal with 4:46 remaining in the game gave
Tech a six-point margin but the Cowboys still had time.
The spoiler was Tech defensive Darcel McBath who intercepted
Reid at Tech's 35 yard line and returned the ball to OSU's 5-yard
But two penalties against Tech had the Red Raiders at their own
33. They couldn't sustain a drive and had to punt.
An inadvertent whistle by referees forced Tech to repunt but the
Cowboys got back none of the time.
Referee Randy Christal said the replay came because no player on
either team took possession on the punt.
"Therefore, by rule, we had no choice but to go back and replay
the down," he said. "You must replay the down. You do not reset
OSU started at its own 23 with 1:16 remaining. Reid passed for
14 yards to D'Juan Woods and ran for another 9 before going out of
the game with a minor injury. Zac Robinson came in and hit on
passes of 2 and 17 yards before Reid returned.
He ran for 14 and 4 yards before throwing incomplete into the
end zone as the game ended.
"We dropped too many passes, had too many penalties on offense
and had to start our offense on the 10 and 12-yard line," Cowboys
coach Mike Gundy said. "That's why we lost the game."
Tech didn't get on track until late in the first half. The Red
Raiders drew some boos from their fans when they ran the ball on
third-and-goal from the Cowboys 7-yard line and Shannon Woods lost
4 yards. Tech settled for a field goal to close within 17-3.
On their final possession of the first half, Harrell and the Red
Raiders started clicking down the field. Harrell completed 5-of-6
passes for 54 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Robert
Johnson to whittle the deficit to 17-10 at halftime.
Johnson, who has been inconsistent this season, caught two TD
passes. Leach said the receiver, who finished with 108 yards on
eight catches, showed many sides Saturday.
"The unstoppable one, the fast one, the slow one, the dozy
one," Leach said. "The fast, explosive one with all the
intangibles is what we're showing for in the next game."
After a successful opening drive, Oklahoma State scored late in
the first quarter on a turnover. Jeremy Nethon forced Tech's Danny
Amendola to fumble a punt return. Six plays later, Cowboys
quarterback Bobby Reid ran 16 yards for a touchdown to put OSU up
Reid completed 11-of-31 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown.