Cowboys Stumble in Lubbock

The Oklahoma State Cowboys now begin playing the waiting game. Will the Cowboys end up in San Antonio playing in the Alamo Bowl, will they be heading to the Houston Bowl or will they make the trip to Shreveport, La., to play in the Independence Bowl?

That's the question to be answered after Oklahoma State ended its regular season with a 31-15 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at Jones SBC Stadium in Lubbock.

OSU finishes with a 7-4 record (4-4 in Big 12 play) after losing to the Red Raiders, who scored 17 unanswered fourth quarter points to rally for the 16-point victory.

The good news is the Cowboys will be playing in a bowl game for the third consecutive season. The bad news is the OSU offense picked a bad time to turn in its worst performance of the season.

OSU, which had less than 250 yards of total offense, actually led 15-14 thanks to Jamie Thompson's 68-yard interception return late in the third quarter. But that would be the last points the Cowboys would put on the scoreboard.

Tech, behind quarterback Sonny Cumbie, scored three times in the final quarter for the victory. The Red Raiders took the lead on Alex Trlica's 22-yard field goal with just more than nine minutes to play. They added a pair of touchdowns ¬– a Cumbie 14-yard scoring toss to Jarrett Hicks and a 6-yard run by Taurean Henderson – later in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.

The Cowboys' inability to punch the ball into the end zone after twice having first-and-goal situations proved to be disastrous. On the first drive of the game, OSU marched down the field on 10 consecutive running plays – Vernand Morency was the workhorse, gaining 44 yards – but had to settle for a Jason Ricks 20-yard field goal when the drive stalled on the 3-yard line.

Ricks would add a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter to pull the Cowboys within 7-6. The Cowboys took a 9-7 lead early in the third period when Ricks kicked a24-yard field goal when another drive stalled inside the Red Raiders' 10.

But the Texas Tech offense, which had been in effective until that point, came to life. Cumbie drove the Red Raiders 80 yards in just five plays a few minutes later to give Texas Tech a 14-9 lead. It appeared that lead was safe until Thompson stepped in front of Cumbie's pass and took it back 68 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

But the Red Raiders then scored the game's final 17 points for the victory.

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