As much as the OSU offense moved the ball, the 15th-ranked Cowboys committed self-inflicted errors all over the field against Texas Tech.
The Cowboys also missed three makeable field goals - two of which hit the right post. A 95-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Cowboys want to continue to play to their strengths, speeding up the tempo.
But in the game's waning moments, with the ball in Mason Rudolph's hands, the quarterback engineered one final drive ... and one final run. His second rushing touchdown was a 16-yard scamper with 1:12 left that stood as the game-winning score.
No. 8 TCU did not play this past week and will host West Virginia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said the ball went to James Washington the first time. "That showed exactly what he is capable of".
At 6-foot-4, Ateman is at his best on plays like third-and-5 Saturday. Hill ran 30 times for 164 yards, and Washington caught nine passes for 127 yards and a score. But there were plenty of momentum swings.
"That's what we've been searching for", Kingsbury said, "and that's why I've been so excited to have coach Gibbs for his third year trying to have some of that consistency, develop a culture, develop an identity. We had a guy for the quarterback and he didn't play the quarterback, so we have to do better as coaches and we have to do better as players".
The Red Raiders take on Kansas this week and quarterback Nic Shimonek played a big role in last year's 55-19 win over the Jayhawks.
Shimonek completed 29-of-46 passes for 330 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while the Red Raiders eeked out only 54 yards on 26 carries.
At halftime, the Cowboys had outgained Tech, 343-172, but only held a four-point lead because of a handful of costly mistakes. "It's a lot easier to correct it after a win". As will Oklahoma State, which knows this unit is different.
As you can see, these guys can hurt you in so many ways through the air, and they are more risky in the passing game than TCU.
Mason Rudolph gave a good fight in last week's loss to TCU.
Shimonek's pass was batted away with two seconds left, and Michael Barden booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired.
"I like this team's mentality", he said. In true Red Raider fashion, the game was high scoring, as both teams combined for 75 points. Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola missed his second field goal of the night, and Tech had yet another opportunity to claim the lead late in the game with the score tied up at 34. "So we'll find out this week what we're made of really".
OSU is off this Saturday before hosting Baylor Oct. 14.