Twitter reacts to gutsy, surprise onside kick by Texas Tech

Tech quarterback Nick Shimonek practices before a game against OSU

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (3-0, 0-0): The Red Raiders are ninth in scoring in FBS (45 points per game) and third in total offense (587.3), and its defense is yielding only 26.3 points - 17.2 fewer per game than last season's FBS-worst scoring defense.

Rudolph led Oklahoma State's 79-yard drive to the decisive score.

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.

They'll need to jump out quick if they're going to keep up with Oklahoma State and standouts Mason Rudolph and James Washington.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech squad looks improved - the defense held Oklahoma State out of the end zone for a five-drive stretch in the second half that allowed the Red Raiders to tie the game in the fourth quarter. With more than 7 minutes left in the quarter Tech's Demarcus Field took a surprise interception and brought it all the way back for a touchdown to tie the game.

It was a game as entertaining as it was expected to be, with several players - including Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (164 rushing yards) - looking like the difference makers at various points.

This was Texas Tech's first national game of the year. Two plays later, Rudolph faked a handoff and ran untouched to the right corner of the end zone with 1:12 remaining. Rudolph shook off the early pick-six and passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns. The Red Raiders went three and out on their next offensive possession, followed by a blocked punt attempt that gave Oklahoma State the ball inside the 10-yard line.




However, Ammendola also made a 22-yarder and a 27-yarder on the night. Both combined for catching 12 passes for 253 yards for the Cowboys in the game against TCU. In that drive, Shimonek threw an interception that was caught by redshirt junior Jordan Brailford.

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.

Tech's success this year has largely been the result of excelling in turnover margin, where the Red Raiders have ranked among the nation's best. In fact, they reached the red zone on every possession in the first half but couldn't find much separation on the scoreboard.

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.

The Cowboys also missed three makeable field goals - two of which hit the right post.

"We had a chance to really extend it out", Gundy said, "and we couldn't do it".

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