LUBBOCK, Texas -- Willie Nelson may not be able to wait to get on the road again, but after losing their fourth road game of the year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have the opposite attitude.
"Part of it, I don't think we prepare right for the road," OSU offensive lineman Jason Russell said. "We get thrown out of our game plan early — it just doesn't seem like we come to play on the road — that's exactly what we did today and we can't afford that."
Texas Tech was in control of the game from the beginning. The Red Raiders scored three times before OSU even got a good look at the end zone, and they never looked back, crushing the Cowboys 49-24.
Russell said the Cowboys are lacking focus when they're in the confines of an opponent's stadium, and it's something that needs to change quickly if they have hopes for a post-season bowl berth.
"We just got to grow up and forget about what's happening around us and think about what's happening on the field and that'll take care of it," Russell said.
OSU has lost all of its road games this season, falling to Louisiana Tech, Texas, Kansas State and now, Texas Tech.
In the last two games away from Lewis Field, the Cowboy defense has allowed 93 points.
"When we're on the road we've got to play like it's a home game," OSU linebacker Terrence Robinson said.
Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury completed 77.5 percent of his passes, finishing 38-for-49, amassing 425 passing yards. The Red Raiders, ranked sixth in the NCAA in total offense before Saturday's game, compiled 558 yards offensively and had six players record touchdowns.
"The offensive line did a good job protecting Kliff," said Tech tight end Mickey Peters. "So, all we needed to do was run down the field, catch the pass, and score."
TTU receiver Wes Welker caught six passes for 71 yards, extending his streak of receptions to 30 consecutive games, dating back to Oct. 7, 2000.
"Kingsbury knows his offense real well," Robinson said. "We went out and didn't make the plays we wanted to play."
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys just couldn't keep the momentum going.
Tailback Tatum Bell led OSU on the ground, continuing his late offensive surge, but aside from his 165 yards, the Cowboys didn't have much help from anyone else.
"We have to make (Bell's) carries significant and we didn't put it together for drives," Miles said. "We need to string together more drives where we put the right series together so we're getting in the endzone."
TTU receiver Carlos Francis said he was expecting OSU to make a run for victory, but it wasn't the tough fight he planned for.
"This was big win," Francis said. "We thought OSU was ready to come take one from us."
Miles said his team has a lot of work to do in very little time. OSU takes on Kansas next week, and in order to dodge finishing out the season winless on the road, OSU must get its game in order.
"This football team should have been in a dogfight today for a very, very close contested game, and we were not," Miles said. "We have to develop the ability to go on the road and win."