Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

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    Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was on the hot seat at the beginning of the season but has his Red Raiders 3-0 so far this year

DaMarcus Fields returned an interception 97 yards for Texas Tech's first points, and Justin Stockton and Desmond Nisby had consecutive 1-yard runs to get the Red Raiders even at 34.

Oklahoma State flirted with disaster all night.

The Cowboys responded with a tying touchdown drive, capped by Mason Rudolph's 5-yard pass to Justice Hill for the score to make it 14-14 with 9:41 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma State has won eight straight meetings against Texas Tech.

At the start of the second quarter, Shimonek threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Cantrell to put Tech up 14-7 with 14:14 left in the first half. During the bye week, coach Mike Gundy's squad must clean up some of the issues that popped up against the Red Raiders.

With Oklahoma State driving in the first quarter, Texas Tech continued to be the ball hawking team Red Raiders defensive coordinator David Gibbs has been wanting since he came to Lubbock.

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Tech's offense is led by quarterback Nic Shimonek, who is unstoppable so far in the season completing 92 of his 125 passes for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception in three games. Right before halftime, Tech scored a field goal to tighten the gap to 21-17 with Oklahoma State still in the lead. Star wide receiver Keke Coutee, the team's most explosive offensive player, missed most of the second half with an injury, and his absence was felt while Tech struggled to take advantage of some offensive opportunities in the fourth quarter.

In the win, Rudolph went 27/38 passing for 376 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. This tied the game, 7-7, with 7:42 left in the first quarter. His best work was on the ground, though, completely fooling the Texas Tech defense on two different occasions, which allowed him to walk into the end zone for a touchdown. However, Matt Ammendola's 19-yard field goal attempt was no good, hitting off the right upright (his second botched attempt of the night), giving the Red Raiders another chance to take the lead.

Tech attempted to make it towards another touchdown but had to settle for a field goal instead with more than six minutes left in the quarter.

In the end, the Cowboys' powerful offense was too much for the Red Raiders.

While the Cowboys had a respectable showing defensively - they held the Red Raiders to just 384 yards, 203 below their average coming into Saturday's game - it wasn't without mistakes. However, they were able to kick in a field goal for an extra three points. However, the Red Raiders could not score in the drive.

"We're not here to compete with people", Shimonek said.

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