Three Essential Keys

Texas Tech must bow up and slow Oklahoma State's rushing game, jump out to an early lead and most importantly, win the turnover battle to break the Cowboys' four-game win streak over the Red Raiders.

Win Time of Possession
The Red Raiders had a tough time stopping Oklahoma's rushing attack. Oklahoma State is more of a passing team, but can run the ball well. Junior running back Desmond Roland gained 219 yards on the ground against Iowa State. The Cowboys always have dangerous receivers producing NFL first round picks Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. It is not so much the statistic of time of possession that counts, but keeping the Oklahoma State offense off the field that wins ballgames.

Force at least Three Turnovers
The Cowboys only loss came at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers. It is the only game in 2013 Oklahoma State has lost the turnover battle. It was a rough day all around for the Cowboys as even the punter had a bad day. A consistent trend this season is Oklahoma State has forced at least two turnovers in every game except against Iowa State. It is safe to say the Cowboys would have a second loss if Kansas State won the turnover battle.

Lead at Halftime
Oklahoma State is 57-6 when leading at halftime in the Mike Gundy era. The Cowboys have yet to lose this season in this case. The one team to lead the pokes at halftime this year was West Virginia. The Mountaineers won the game. Mike Gundy is 14-29 when his team trails at halftime. Texas Tech needs to win the first half and take momentum into the locker room.

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