Mason Rudolph totaled five touchdowns in Oklahoma State's 41-34 win at Texas Tech and has been named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
Texas Tech defender DaMarcus Fields (23) intercepts an OSU pass and sets sail for a touchdown in Saturday night's Big XII contest in Lubbock. Red Raiders, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 after they posted a 27-24 over Houston last Saturday.
Rudolph broke the Red Raiders' backs, though, by running 11 times for 50 yards and two touchdowns, including the 16-yard game victor that snapped a 34-34 tie with 1:12 left.
After Tech cut the deficit to seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders gambled with an onside kick and it paid off - they recovered the ball.
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Despite missed field goals and a valiant effort by the Texas Tech defense, the Oklahoma State quarterback made the plays when it counted.
Rudolph passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns, nearly a given for a pro-prospect senior quarterback with a deep, talented, experienced cast of receivers.
Rudolph threw for 376 yards on 27 of 38 passing while throwing for three touchdowns and only one interception.
OSU took the lead on their next possession, with Rudolph scrambling and finding Jalen McCleskey wide open in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 Cowboys with 3:49 to play in the first half.
Nic Shimonek completed a 25-yard pass to Antoine Wesley at midfield before four straight incompletions that clinched the win for the Cowboys.
Tech managed 54 rushing yards on 26 carries, foiling Tech coaches' desire to be more balanced. Not exactly winning statistics.
No matter how many points the Red Raiders put up - and they could score with the best of college football - it figured that the defense would find a way to surrender even more points. "We weren't able to create as many big plays". The Longhorns defense also played well as it forced three interceptions.
"I wouldn't say exposed", Kingsbury said, "as much as when you play a very good team, you have to do little things right, and we didn't always do that, and we may have gotten away with some of that in previous weeks". However, Oklahoma State left them in the game by missing a field goal on another trip to the red zone. The first is at Kansas on Saturday.
At least Tech and its fans will know that the defense is no longer a liability.
The goal was to get one of Oklahoma State's supreme outside targets - Washington or Ateman - in a favorable man-to-man situation against a Texas Tech corner.