LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State is going to play for a championship because of its dominating defense.
Oklahoma State wrapped up its first trip to the Big 12 championship game with a 23-0 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night, completely throttling an offense that hadn’t been shut out since 1997. The Cowboys have allowed only one offensive touchdown over their past four games, but this was their first shutout in a conference game or on the road since 1995.
“I don’t know what to say, what else to say about the defense,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I’m just kind of running out of things to say about them on Saturdays. Hopefully, they can just stay the course.”
Spencer Sanders threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, and Tanner Brown kicked three field goals for the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1, CFP No. 9). The defense limited Texas Tech (6-5, 3-5), which had scored in 302 consecutive games, to 108 total yards that included a 25-yard pass on the final drive.
“Football’s a humbling game. … Highest of highs last week, lowest of lows this week,” said interim head coach Sonny Cumbie, whose Red Raiders had 41 points and 529 yards in a home win over Iowa State. “We just feel like we just did not play very well.”
With Bedlam at home next Saturday against 12th-ranked Oklahoma, the Cowboys are already assured of playing in the Big 12 title game Dec. 4 at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Still to be determined is if they will be the home or visiting team, and who they will play.
No. 9 Oklahoma St in B12 title game with 23-0 win over Tech