Cowboys One Play Short Against Tech

The Oklahoma State Cowboys came within 17 yards and one play of breaking a 62-year losing streak in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. Bobby Reid's pass into the end zone on the game's final play fell incomplete as Texas Tech held on for a 30-24 victory over the Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Oklahoma State, which has not won in Lubbock since a 14-7 victory in 1944, saw its record fall to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys wrap up the 2006 regular season next Saturday, Nov. 25, when they host Oklahoma, 9-2, at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

"It was disappointing for me because it was a game we could have won," Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy said. "Our team practiced hard and prepared well. We just didn't get it done. We have to regroup now, rally and get ready for the next one."

The Cowboys had two chances in the final five minutes – after the defense forced Texas Tech to kick a field goal with 4:46 to go after the Red Raiders had a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. But Cowboy quarterback Bobby Reid's pass was intercepted by Tech cornerback Darcel McBath and returned deep into OSU territory. Tech was called for two penalties after the interception – a 15-yard personal foul and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct foul when McBath threw the football into the crowd while celebrating. Instead of being in position to to kick a game-clinching field goal the Red Raiders were penalized back to their own 33-yard line and the Cowboys forced a punt.

Reid led the OSU offense onto the field with 1:16 left on the clock with the ball resting on the Cowboy 23. A 14-yard pass to D'Juan Woods, a nine-yard scramble by Reid, a two-yard completion by backup quarterback Zac Robinson to Dantrell Savage, and Robinson's 17-yard completion to Adarius Bowman gave the Cowboys a first down on the Tech 35 with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Reid, who was spelled by Robinson after suffering a leg injury on his scramble early in the drive, returned to the game and raced 14 yards to the Red Raider 21-yard line and the Cowboys called a timeout with nine seconds remaining. Reid couldn't find an open receiver on the next play and again scrambled for four yards and was forced out of bounds with just one second left in the game.

The Cowboy quarterback tried to throw to Woods in the end zone but the pass fell incomplete.

"Unfortunately we came up short," Reid said. "I tried to put the ball up for D'Juan (on the final play). I didn't see what happened."

Gundy said, "We have to learn from the experience we had here. Our team was very excited about playing here. We had not played well here in the last four or five years. It was just disappointing that we just got that close and couldn't finish."

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, scoring on three of the first four drives of the game. Savage's 25-yard touchdown run capped a nine-play, 54-yard drive midway through the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.

The Cowboys got excellent field position when Tech's Danny Amendola fumbled a punt and Brandon Pettigrew recovered on the Red Raider 44. Reid scored on a 16-yard keeper six plays later to put the Cowboys up 14-0 with 56 seconds still left in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter – after the defense forced another Red Raider punt – the Cowboys drove from their own 22-yard line to the Red Raider 30 with Jason Ricks kicking a 47-yard field goal to make it 17-0 with 9:36 remaining in the first half.

But Texas Tech scored 27 consecutive points, and the Cowboy offense struggled to get a first down, over the next two quarters. The Red Raiders could have put the game out of reach late in the third quarter but the OSU defense held on four consecutive downs after Tech had first-and-goal from the one-foot line. The Red Raiders had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Alex Trlica when a touchdown would have given them a two-touchdown lead.

But the Cowboy offense – despite getting just three first downs on four possessions in the second and third quarters – came out and drove the length of the field to pull within three at 27-24. The Cowboys drove 93 yards in 13 plays with Reid throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to Bowman with 12:03 left in the game.

The Cowboys drove to the Tech 30 on their next possession but on fourth-and-two from the 30 Reid and center David Washington mishandled the snap and the Red Raiders took over.

"We started out well moving the ball offensively and playing well defensively and then we went to sleep as a football team," Gundy said. "When we started in the second half we were fine except too many penalties on special teams. We started (our drives) on the 5, 7, 7 and 9 and that changes the game, forces our offense into a little bit more of a conservative mode even though we took chances. And then we had a punt that was shanked and they got the ball on the 30. All of those things just contributed to a big momentum swing for them."

Savage ran for 120 yards – his fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season – to lead the Cowboys. Reid was 13-of-34 passing for 145 yards, and he also rushed for 78 yards on 17 carries. D'Juan Woods caught eight passes for 77 yards.

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