Texas Tech hangs tough, falls short to No. 15 Oklahoma State

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Almost to a touchdown, Tech had to settle for a field goal as time ran out in the first half.

Things once again looked promising for Oklahoma State early in the second half.

No. 14 Oklahoma State was brought back down to earth last week by TCU after three impressive early-season wins had Cowboys fans dreaming of a Big 12 title and possible berth in the College Football Playoff.

At the start of the second quarter, Shimonek threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Cantrell to put Tech up 14-7 with 14:14 left in the first half.

The Cowboys have suffered a loss on the year, and will be looking to right the ship against the Red Raiders, who they've beaten eight times in a row.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders had their first loss of the season against No. 15 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Combine those misses with a Rudolph interception that was returned 95 yards by Texas Tech defensive back Damarcus Fields for a touchdown, and the Cowboys came away empty-handed on three separate red zone trips, which almost cost them the game.

See photos from the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State game below courtesy Ashley Wirz. "We weren't able to create as many big plays".

On its next possession, though, Tech's Desmond Nisby bulldozed into the end zone to tie the game with just under 10 minutes to play. His best work was on the ground, though, completely fooling the Texas Tech defense on two different occasions, which allowed him to walk into the end zone for a touchdown.

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Texas Tech: The Red Raiders twice settled for field goals with first downs inside the Oklahoma State 5.

Despite missed field goals and a valiant effort by the Texas Tech defense, the Oklahoma State quarterback made the plays when it counted.

A 15-yard penalty meant the Red Raiders were kicking off at the 50-yard line. Rudolph shook off the early pick-six and passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

With the offseason additions, added experience and more depth, the Red Raiders are improved on that side of the ball. In that drive, Shimonek threw an interception that was caught by redshirt junior Jordan Brailford.

Justice Hill had a career-high 164 yards rushing for the Cowboys along with a 5-yard scoring catch. Where the Red Raiders excel is in turnover margin, where they rank second nationally.

Once in the red zone, Rudolph dashed into the end zone on a quarterback keeper, a play that had been effective all night for the Oklahoma State offense.

On the drive following the interception, Oklahoma State moved the ball well again, only to have Matt Ammendola wind up missing a 22-yard field goal that bounced off the upright.

"We lost. It doesn't feel good at all", Shimonek said.