LUBBOCK, Texas – Coaches for No. 12 Oklahoma State huddled in the showers of the visitor's locker room and discussed what adjustments were needed for the Cowboys after they trailed Texas Tech by 10 points at halftime Saturday.
Players "did a great job of listening and staying calm," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said of his team's 70-53 victory. "They cleared their mind and they were able to absorb the information and then come out and play well in the second half."
Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh each threw for two touchdowns while Raymond Taylor scored two rushing TDs as Oklahoma State came from behind to remain undefeated and still in the hunt for the Big 12 title.
The combined points were the third-most involving a ranked team without playing overtime.
Walsh found James Washington twice in the fourth quarter, once for 75 yards and then for 73 yards to seal the win for the Cowboys (8-0, 5-0).
Raymond scored from 4 and 28 yards. His second TD put the Cowboys ahead for the first time.
Ramon Richards returned an interception 59 yards for a score with 6 seconds left in the game.
Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant returned a kickoff 100 yards — the fourth of his career and a school record — and had a 90-yard catch.
Gundy said the Red Raiders were tough to defend on their home turf.
"We did not tackle well in the first half. Obviously in the kick return and several plays where [No.] 11 had the ball on offense," Gundy said. "I know who [Grant] is. He's a special player."
Patrick Mahomes completed 38 of 55 passes for 480 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Raiders (5-4, 2-4). He also threw two interceptions — and both led to Oklahoma State touchdowns.