Rudolph named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

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    Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was on the hot seat at the beginning of the season but has his Red Raiders 3-0 so far this year

The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders combine for some of the craziest games in college football, with scores that often approach the 100-point mark. Quarterback Mason Rudolph had a terrific bounce-back game after a disappointing performance against TCU the previous week.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury lamented each of those letdowns Sunday.

No. 3 Oklahoma did not play this past week and will host Iowa State Saturday. Not to mention they've also had success with their running game this season, which makes them even more risky. That (OSU) is a good football team: "well coached, great athletes and took advantage of some of our mistakes". But Shimonek had trouble finding big plays downfield and Kingsbury said there were some drives Texas Tech should have scored on. The Red Raiders briefly seized complete control of the game when Marcell Ateman was ruled short of the line to gain on a 3rd-and-10 completion at the Texas Tech 10-yard line, but a replay review handed him a first down, and Rudolph tied the game again one play later on a toss to running back Justice Hill. "Missed field goals here of there".

"I think it was a combination (of factors)", Kingsbury said. I expect them to fight back and get better this week.

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.

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday morning. It worked four times. And then a couple of times we just didn't do our job. "Defensively, we played terrific". However, Oklahoma State left them in the game by missing a field goal on another trip to the red zone.

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Tech's running game was non-existent as well with just 54 yards on 26 attempts.

Oklahoma State accepted the ball to open the second half and picked up where it left off, moving 75 yards in eight plays and grabbing a 28-17 lead on an 8-yard Rudolph run.

"I'm not sure", Kingsbury said.

Texas Tech's defense allowed 597 total yards to Oklahoma State's offense after looking improved through the first three games of the year.

The Red Raiders held serve with a field goal, although Justin Stockton appeared to cross the plane on a run with five seconds left before halftime but was ruled out of bounds. They were physical and fast on some of the reads, coming downhill fast, so you have to give credit to those guys.

So, yes this game could have gotten out of hand if it wasn't for the play of the Tech defense. It also set the scene for the Cowboys to go 48 yards on the next three plays to score and defeat the Red Raiders 41-34.

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