Texas Tech holds a 21-18-3 advantage over Oklahoma State in a 42-game series that commenced in 1935 and will renew itself for the twentieth straight season this coming Saturday. The teams have met annually since both became members of the Big 12 in 1996, and the current 19-game streak of consecutive games is the longest in series history.
But generally speaking, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have been very familiar foes since the series first began. Indeed, the longest interval between games is the 12-year period from 1976 through 1987. Thus the Red Raiders never enjoyed the pleasure of playing against Rusty Hilger, Dexter Manley, Leslie O’Neal and Thurman Thomas, while the Cowboys never experienced the delight of facing Gabe Rivera, James Hadnot, Ted Watts and Joe Walter.
Texas Tech built up a large advantage over the series first 30 games (1935-2002) winning 18 games, losing nine, and tying three times. The Red Raiders’ winning percentage for this period was 60 percent.
But from 2003 to the present the tide has definitely turned the Cowboys’ way. OSU has won nine of the last 12 games and currently owns a six-game winning streak against Tech, which is the longest winning streak for either team in series history.
Home field advantage has proved very strong in this series as the Red Raiders have gone 12-5-3 on the Caprock, while managing a mere 8-12-1 tally in Oklahoma. That said, Tech has lost three straight in Jones Stadium including a 66-6 fiasco in 2011 before a home crowd of over 57,000 fans. That game is both the high-water mark for points scored by either team in the series and the largest margin of victory. Tech’s best effort in terms of points scored and margin of victory came in a 58-0 win in 2000.
Despite those two massacres, this series has produced many a nail-biter and a slew of white-knucklers. Twenty-five of the series’ 42 games (60 percent) have been decided by 10 points or less, and the Cowboys own a 13-9-3 mark in those contests.
One area where Tech does have an advantage is shutouts. The Red Raiders shut out the Cowboys in 1935, 1936, and 2000, while Oklahoma State has blanked Tech but once, in 1957, the year Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State.