Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Preview Capsule

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

No. 23 Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (6-3, 4-2), 3:30 p.m. (FSN)

Line: Oklahoma State by 10½

Series Record: Texas Tech leads 21-15-3

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clogged in the middle of the Big 12 standings and both already eligible for a bowl game, the Red Raiders and Cowboys will jockey for postseason position. Texas Tech will also try to avenge the most lopsided loss in school history, last season's 66-6 defeat at home.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas Tech secondary vs. Oklahoma State receivers. Even while going through three different quarterbacks (Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf) this season, the Cowboys rank fourth in the nation in passing offense at 349 yards per game. The Red Raiders are giving up about half that much — 172 yards — to rank second in the Big 12.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas Tech: WR Eric Ward. The junior has put together three straight 100-yard receiving games, becoming the first Texas Tech player to do so since Michael Crabtree in his Biletnikoff Award-winning season in 2007. Ward has 467 receiving yards and two TDs over the past three games.

Oklahoma State: WR Josh Stewart. Increasingly a bigger part of the Cowboys' offense, Stewart had a career-best 172 yards receiving with two touchdowns last week against West Virginia and also scored on a 46-yard reverse. He has 40 catches for 473 yards over the past four games.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Red Raiders will visit Boone Pickens Stadium for the first time since 2009 because of a quirk in Big 12 scheduling brought on by realignment. They haven't won in Stillwater since 2001. ... Oklahoma State has won the last three games in the series. ... Cowboys CB Justin Gilbert tied the Big 12 record last week with his fifth career kickoff return touchdown. ... Texas Tech leads the nation in passing (370 ypg).

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