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            === Big 12 showdown pits Red Raiders against Cowboys ===
 
 Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Two teams that always provide for thrilling
 action get together at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Saturday
 afternoon, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys try to lasso the 23rd-ranked Texas
 Tech Red Raiders in Big 12 Conference play.
 
 The Red Raiders opened the 2012 campaign with four straight wins over
 lackluster competition, and then found the conference slate to be much more
 challenging. The team had played nationally-ranked opponents over the course
 of five straight games before catching up with Kansas last weekend. After
 bowing to Kansas State and Texas in back-to-back outings, the Jayhawks were
 certainly a welcomed change for Texas Tech, but the squad had to go to double-
 overtime in order to grab the 41-34 victory nonetheless.
 
 As for the Cowboys, they've had their share of tough outings this year, of
 course that doesn't cover the awkward 84-0 win over Savannah State in the
 opener though. Last week, OSU matched up against one of the two newest
 additions to the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia, and former Cowboys
 offensive coordinator and current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen, and
 even though the Pokes were down to their third quarterback they still came out
 with the 55-34 victory for their sixth win of the season.
 
 In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, it dates back to
 1935 and currently favors the Red Raiders by a count of 21-15-3. However, OSU
 has won three straight encounters, including a massive 66-6 blowout on the
 road a season ago.
 
 It wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination, but the Red Raiders needed a
 win desperately against Kansas at home and were able to realize it when Eric
 Stephens took a direct snap, rolled to his right and threw a three-yard jump
 pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in the second overtime.
 
 "It's been hit and miss in practice but I just had a really good feeling about
 it," quarterback Seth Doege said of the game-winning play. "I think Eric's one
 of those guys when you call on his number, he's going to get the job done
 regardless. So I was putting the ball in his hands."
 
 Doege finished the outing 45-of-59 for 476 yards and three touchdowns, was
 sacked once and had a pass picked off. Ward reeled in 12 passes for 180 yards
 and Moore turned his nine receptions into 74 yards and a couple of scores.
 
 However, even though the offense put up some gaudy numbers yet again, the
 Texas Tech defense was taken to task by the Kansas rushing attack which
 produced 390 yards and two TDs on 57 attempts. The action on the ground was
 much more than the Red Raiders are accustomed to because after 10 games they
 are still giving up 152.3 ypg.
 
 The defense has been quite solid for Tech as well overall, permitting 172.3
 ypg which is second in the conference and 11th in the nation entering this
 week. But even though Tech isn't giving up massive yardage totals, the team
 has surrendered 27.1 ppg nonetheless.
 
 With 70.2 percent completions, 334.5 ypg and a total of 34 touchdowns, Doege
 has done more than his share to keep the Tech offense humming along and that
 goes for Ward and Moore as well as they both have 10 receiving TDs in their
 nine appearances.
 
 With J.W. Walsh out of action with a knee injury and Wes Lunt taking a seat
 after suffering an apparent concussion in the loss to Kansas State, the
 Cowboys turned to fourth-year junior Clint Chelf to command the offense
 against West Virginia. In his first career start, Chelf converted 22-of-31
 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns, brushing off a pair of sacks and an
 interception.
 
 Josh Stewart helped to support the third different starter at quarterback this
 year for OSU as he caught 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and also
 ran for a 46-yard TD as well.
 
 "We're moving him around," OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of
 Stewart. "We're trying very hard to get him the ball. That's pretty obvious.
 What we're paid to do is get the ball in the hands of the guy that can make
 plays for you."
 
 With respect to the quarterback position in Stillwater, head coach Mike Gundy
 wasn't making any final decisions as of Tuesday and was hoping the situation
 would work itself out.
 
 "We hope that we have three healthy players on Saturday. There's a chance that
 could happen, but we won't know for sure until late in the week. There are
 still discussions taking place. The only answer I have is that we're going to
 play the guy who we feel like gives us the best chance to win Saturday and
 have success."
 
 It almost seems as if the offensive scheme for the Cowboys is what has been
 carrying the team to this point, particularly since the squad is fourth in the
 nation in both passing (348.8 ypg) and total offense (561.1 ypg), en route to
 a massive 43.9 ppg which is third-best in the country right now. Obviously not
 all three quarterbacks that the Cowboys have used are of equal talent, but at
 least the players around them are able to make them look good week in and week
 out.
 
 With just 0.67 sacks per game allowed (fourth-best in the nation), the
 offensive line should be getting much of the credit for the success of the
 passing attack, but then what do you say about the group when you're also down
 to your third-string QB?
 
 
 
 11/14 11:06:23 ET