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Instant Reaction: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

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This was an absolutely massive win for the program, and I think a corner has been turned.

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Make no mistake, this was the best win of Kliff Kingsbury’s career. I’m going to include that Johnny Manziel Alabama game in there too - because, this was simply remarkable. Alan Bowman made multiple big plays, and his calming presence is something to behold. But, it’d be criminal not to point out Demarcus Felton having the best game of his career. Felton is a guy who actually announced his transfer this off-season, changed his mind, and lead a running game that baffled one of the best run defenses in the Big 12. David Gibbs dialed up an unbelievable game plan that consistently frustrated Taylor Cornelius, and Justice Hill never could consistently get going. I’ll dive into the quick hitters now, but Tech fans - I think we’ve turned a corner.

Demarcus Felton - He averaged close to 10 yards/carry, multiple touchdowns, and showed a burst I haven’t seen him have, ever? Simply put, his decision to remain in Lubbock might’ve proved the difference in a HUGE top-15 road win upset.

Alan Bowman - I’ll admit I was terrified after that first interception, but he brushed it off like it was no big deal. This kid is special, and might wind up rewriting a bunch of school records - the kid is the real deal.

Antoine Wesley - New game, same production - this guy just gobbles yards up with his stride, and has deceptive speed. He’s clearly gonna be a “guy” this year and might flirt with a. 1,000 yard season. I can’t emphasize enough how much he’s meant to this team.

T.J. Vasher - He went toe to toe with the Oklahoma State DBs, and won about as many as he lost. I won’t blame him for that interception in the end zone, but you do wish he’d have brought that one down.

Tech Offensive Line - Holy cow, these guys paved the way for the elite run game, and gave Bowman plenty of time all night. The did give up two sacks, but I’d attribute those to great coverage by the defense. But, we’re talking about a group that helped pave the way for 600+ yards on a top-15 team! How about that!

Sa’Rodorick Thompson - He finished the game, and had multiple impressive runs. This guy is gonna be a load for the next four years alongside Ta’Zhawn Henry.

Seth Collins - He flashed multiple times out of the slot and had his fair share of big catches. He’s getting better every week, and I’ve been impressed with his development.

Ja’Deion High - The one-handed catch extraordinaire? My goodness is he not a reliable target when you need a play. I’d also point out that Zach Austin finally flashed after having a quiet start to the season.

Dakota Allen - He was simply everywhere. He’s your best linebacker in the last 20 years, and we’re reaping the rewards of his hard work.

Adrian Frye - This kid is a baller, and reminds me of Jamar Wall. He could’ve had two interceptions, but came down with the key pick that sealed the deal for the Red Raiders.

Jah’Shawn Johnson - He’s a difference maker on this defense, and he rights a lot of wrongs that don’t show up in the box score. He’s the heart and soul of this team.

Kingsbury - His beard is 3-0...I’m not sure why, but I think there’s something there...just sayin....

Look everyone, enjoy this one because wins like this haven’t been a thing for close to a decade. We’ve slogged through a ton of blow outs to finally win a big one. The Red Raiders are back! Wreck ‘Em!