Red Raiders Lose in a Shootout

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2, 2-1) mounted a furious comeback, but it fell just short as they fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1, 2-1) by a score of 51 to 49. Oklahoma State running back Tatum bell led the cowboys to victory, rushing for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Oklahoma State got on the board first with an 80 yard touchdown drive. The drive was capped by a 49-yard touchdown run by Tatum Bell. The touchdown gave the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead.

Oklahoma State scored again following a 76 yard drive. A 14-yard touchdown run by Tommy Devereaux gave the cowboys a 14-0 lead.

Texas Tech finished the first quarter with a touchdown on 14-yard pass from B.J. Symons to Wes Welker. The touchdown made the score 14-7.

The Cowboys answered with an 80 yard touchdown drive. A touchdown pass from Josh Fields to Charlie Johnson gave the cowboys a 21-7 lead.

Texas Tech responded with an 80 yard drive of their own. The drive was finished by a 15-yard pass to Nehemiah Glover. The touchdown made the score 21-14.

Oklahoma State scored almost immediately on a 05-yard rush by Tatum Bell. The run gave the Cowboys a 28-14 lead, and gave Bell his second touchdown of the game.

Oklahoma State scored two field goals in the final minutes of the half to take a 34-14 halftime lead.

The Cowboys opened the second half with another touchdown drive. The 85-yard drive was capped by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Tatum Bell. The touchdown gave the Cowboys a 41-14 lead.

Texas Tech answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive to make the score 41-21. The drive was completed by a 7-yard pass to Nehemiah Glover.

Oklahoma State scored their final touchdown of the game with 7:59 left in the third quarter. The touchdown came on a 53-yard run by Seymore Shaw to make the score 48-21.

The Red Raiders started their fourth quarter comeback with a 95-yard touchdown drive. The drive was finished by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Francis. The touchdown made the score 48-28.

Texas Tech scored on their next possession when Taurean Henderson rushed 46-yards for a touchdown. The touchdown made the score 48-35.

Texas Tech continued their streak of unanswered points by scoring on their next possession. The 84 yard drive culminated in a 1-yard touchdown rush by Symons. The touchdown brought Texas Tech to within 6 points.

Oklahoma State would score the game wining field goal on the next possession. Luke Phillips kicked a 20-yard field goal to take a 51-42 lead.

The Red Raiders continued their comeback by scoring on their next drive. Symons passed to Welker for an 11-yard touchdown to make the score 51-49.

Following a stop by the Red Raider defense, Texas Tech got the ball back. The Red Raiders got to the Oklahoma State 45 before a 15-yard sack moved them back to their own 40-yard line. On the next play Jon Holland intercepted a pass form Symons to eseal the victory.

Player of the Game
Tatum Bell

Team Analysis

QB – B.J. Symons made up for a lackluster first quarter with a tremendous fourth quarter. If the Red Raiders could have finished the comeback, it would have almost guaranteed that Symons would be a Heisman Candidate. Symons finished the game with 555 yards on 42 of 67 passing (62.8%). He threw for 5 touchdowns and rushed for a 5th, with 2 interceptions on the day. Overall it was another outstanding performance for Symons, who played despite an injured knee. While some may question the decision, it had very little to do with the eventual loss.

RB – Taurean Henderson became the first Texas Tech running back under Mike Leach to rush for more than 100 yards in back to back games. Henderson rushed for 123 yards on 9 rushes (13.6 yards per carry), and caught 7 passes for 60 yards. Henderson scored one rushing touchdown in the game. Jonnie Mack added 52 yards on 3 catches. This was a good performance for the running backs. They may not get much attention, but they played a vital role in the comeback.

WR – After a case of the drops in the first half, the receivers came to life in the second half. Wes Welker led the way with 12 catches for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nehemiah Glover also scored 2 touchdowns. Carlos Francis finished the game with 1 touchdown. Overall a good game, though the dropped passes early on could have been the difference in a very close game.

OL – The big guys up front had a nice performance as they tried to protect a slightly less mobile Symons. Despite the overall success, several bad plays mar the performance. These plays always seemed to occur at crucial moments, such as the sack on the final drive.

DL – Addell Duckett had a decent game, but the rest of the line didn't have much success against the Cowboys. This unit is extremely young and it showed for most of the game. Despite the problems, this unit made some big plays in the fourth quarter to help make the comeback a possibility.

LB – This group will bear most of the responsibility for the 352 rushing yards in the game. Misreads and bad positioning allowed the Cowboys to control the game with several long runs. John Saldi did have a crucial interception to help the comeback effort. Like the line, this group played well in the 4th quarter.

DB – The cornerbacks played a solid game. Tim Norman had an outstanding performance against Rashaun Woods. This performance should make him the starter opposite Chad Johnson. The safeties didn't play quite as well for most of the game. Every long run could have been stopped if the safeties had been in position. Ealy in the game they were jumping routes too early, leaving the middle open. Later they were to slow to react to runs leaving them out of position to make tackles. This was an uncharacteristically bad game for the safeties, partly due to Vincent Meeks hamstring injury.

Special Teams – Keith Toogood's missed field goal early in the game sure looks bad when you look at the final score. Other than that play the special teams played a solid game. Bishop kicked a perfect onside kick to Hawkins, to keep the comeback hopes alive. Later he kicked an onside kick too short, but that still makes the Red Raiders successful on 2 of their 3 onside kick attempts this season.


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