By Chois Woodman
No. 18 Oklahoma State took advantage of several mistakes made by No. 15 Texas Tech and was able to leave Lubbock with a 52-34 win.
The Cowboys (7-1, 4-1) jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead before the Red Raiders (7-2, 4-2) were able to score any points.
Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said his team just made too many mistakes to be able to come back on a good team like Oklahoma State.
"That's tough," he said, "you lose the turnover battle and get out-played on special teams against a really good team like that, you're going to have a hard time winning the game.
The Red Raiders were never able to overcome the early deficit due to turnovers and several big plays by the Oklahoma State offense."
The Red Raiders lost the turnover battle 3-2. Jace Amaro fumbled for the second straight game, and Davis Webb threw two interceptions in the loss. Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf also threw two interceptions.
Tech was able to cut the lead to 28-24 at the half with help from an interception return for a touchdown by Pete Robertson, but that was the closest the Red Raiders ever got.
Kingsbury said after the offense stalled at the beginning of the second half it was too difficult to come back.
“It was a good effort to battle back," Kingsbury said, "but we came back with a three-and-out — two in a row to start the second half — and we were just chasing the rest of the half.”
The true freshman Webb went 44 of 70for 425 yards, two touchdowns and the two interceptions.
Despite the fumble, Amaro had one of the best games of his career. The junior had a career-high in receptions and yards getting 15 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown.
Tech's defense continued to be shaky for the second straight week giving up 495 yards including 284 rushing yards.
The Red Raiders have lost two straight games and look to get back on track against Kansas State next Saturday in their final home game of the season.