Texas Tech Has Never Seen These Cowboys

STILLWATER – How good are the Oklahoma State Cowboys? We'll find out next Saturday when they travel to Lubbock, Texas, where they haven't won since 1944. But Oklahoma State (0-8-2 in its last 10 trips to Lubbock) has never taken a team to the panhandle of Texas to play Texas Tech like the one which rolled to an easy 59-17 victory over Iowa State on Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The ninth-ranked Cowboys (8-1) will to Lubbock next Saturday to face sixth-ranked Texas Tech, which improved to 9-0 with Saturday night's victory over No. 1-ranked Texas.

Oklahoma State has never made the trip to Lubbock with playmakers like quarterback Zac Robinson, running back Kendall Hunter, wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

Just how good were the four playmakers – known as Oklahoma State's Four Aces – against the Cyclones on Saturday?

** Robinson was 18 of 27 passing for 395 yards and five touchdowns, and now has 2,082 passing yards this season (the eighth best single-season total in school history and there are still three regular season games to play. He also finished with 461 yards of total offense (395 passing/66 rushing), the second most in school history (surpassed only by the 486 total yards he had last season against Texas Tech). Oh, by the way, the five TD passes are also a career best.

** Hunter ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries, and has now topped the 100-yard mark in seven of the Cowboys' nine games this season. His 36-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gives him 11 for the season, which is tied for 10th most in a season. It was also his fourth scoring run of 20 or more yards this season.

** Bryant caught nine of Robinson's passes for 171 yards and a career-best four touchdowns, which included scoring receptions of 11, 26, 80 and 1 yard. He passed former Cowboy All-American Hart Lee Dykes with the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th touchdown catches of the season (a day after visiting with Dykes, who was at the game at a reunion of the 1987 and 1988 Cowboy football teams), and he is just two scoring receptions shy of the single-season record set by Rashaun Woods in 2002.

** Pettigrew contributed two catches for 22 yards but was supposed to be the primary receiver on the Robinson-to-Bryant 80-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter before the Cowboy quarterback looked off the safety and found the OSU sophomore receiver streaking down the field.

"I couldn't believe I was that open. Dang, I could have fell down and got back up," Bryant said.

The Cowboys improved to 8-1 for just the third time in school history. The Cowboys also were 8-1 in 1984 and 1985.

"It was good to get that victory and get back on the winning track," OSU head coach Mike Gundy said. "I thought we started sluggish overall as a team, especially offensively we started off sloppy.

"Zac made a poor throw early (that was intercepted by Iowa State's Fred Garrin), and Kendall turned the ball over early and that's uncharacteristic for us. The defense kept us in it. I thought we played hard. Iowa State hit a few plays but overall we toughened up when we got down in the red zone.

"The offensive line seemed to have played pretty well. Dez made a number of plays. It was nice to see DeMarcus Conner and (Jeremy) Broadway made a number of plays. It was to get the eighth win."

Robinson said that the primary receivers were not the ones who caught the ball on both the 80-yard touchdown pass to Bryant and a 95-yarder to Jeremy Broadway (for the longest pass play in the history of OSU football) which resulted in a third quarter touchdown to give the Cowboys a 45-10 lead.

"It shows that he can go to different people if the coverage dictates that," said Cowboy co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer. "He'll be the first one to tell you that there's an opportunity for someone to catch the ball if they want to make the play, and that was there today. On that one pass (to Broadway) the safety cheated over, he used his eyes, and I think he's being a little modest because he did a nice job of directing him that way, and then throwing to the backside.

"The one that was supposed to go to Pettigrew, they both have an opportunity to be open but we don't know until after the ball is snapped and he makes his reads … so it's important that he goes through that progression instead of locking in on one guy, and it's pretty easy if you want to do that with Dez because he's a great player."

Robinson said it's a lot of fun for him to be quarterbacking this Cowboy offense, which tied the single-season record (set in 1988) with its fifth game this season of 50 or more points.

"It's a lot of fun. That is definitely what we strive for. We want to get explosive plays," he said. "A lot of those plays in the throwing game were open today, as well as the running game on options and stuff. Most of the time, it's the other 10 guys who are not touching the ball. The offensive line played great, and they are a reason why we had so many big plays."

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