Instacap: OSU defeats Texas Tech 23-0, wins ticket to Big 12 title game

The Oklahoma State No.9 defense threw its first shutout in nine years and the first for a Power 5 team in 26 years. The Cowboys (10-1) did just enough offensive and leaned on their defense for a 23-0 victory over Texas Tech.

The Cowboys are heading to an official Big 12 championship game for the first time in school history.

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Oklahoma State turned up to Lubbock needing a win to secure their ticket to the Cowboys thrown a shutout.

The Red Raiders intended to shut down OSU’s deadly ground game early on, and it mostly worked – in the beginning. A week after a monster 447-yard, eight TD performance last week, OSU has gained just 60 rushing yards in the first half and averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. But it gave Spencer Sanders and Co a chance.

Before halftime, the Pokes racked up 176 yards in the air and put in a number of big passing plays. Spencer Sanders found Tay Martin for 38 and 35 yards in the first two quarters.

The defense was almost flawless in Tortilla Town. OSU allowed just 108 total yards and limited the home team to 1.9 yards per game. The Cowboys held Tech at 3 of 14 in third downs and allowed just 10 first downs all night. OSU hasn’t allowed a touchdown in 15 of the last 16 quarters. OSU created 16 negative games and recorded four sacks.

Missed chances and header penalties kept the Cowboys from running away with this thing in the third quarter. OSU has scored on five of six trips to the red zone, but has been content with goals in three of them.

Sanders threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, finishing 19 of his 38 attempted passes. He also kept it six times for 48 yards and another score.

Dominic Richardson has been the Cowboys’ top rusher in back-to-back games. He wore it 20 times for 84 yards. Jaylen Warren took 12 transfers for 37 yards.

Tay Martin had seven catches for 130 yards and John Paul Richardson was active, grabbing six air passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Blaine Green added three for 46.

Devin Harper led the Cowboys with five total tackles, a half-sack and a half-tackle for loss. Brock Martin led the Cowboys with 1.5 sacks and shared a tie with Jason Taylor II and Brendon Evers with two TFLs.

Then the Cowboys return home for Bedlam Pt. 1 ahead of a possible rematch at Arlington a week later.

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