After a huge offensive day, there will be a lot of impressive numbers. For example, 621 yards of total offense, 224 yards rushing, and zero points given up by the defense in the second half. Each one of these stats is impressive and worthy of individual attention but none of these stats are actually the reason for this win.
The reason the Red Raiders rolled over the Cowboys was plain and simple, the Red Raiders controlled the football. This is an offense known for going fast and making explosive plays but they held the ball for over 41 minutes in this game. Surprisingly to many fans, this is something this team has done all year as well, they rank fifth nationally among power five teams in time of possession. The ability to get first downs and go on long scoring drives wore down the Oklahoma State defense and allowed Tech to score 21 unanswered points in the second half.
This was not just about running the ball, keeping it away from a great offense, and praying that eventually, you will find the end zone a few times. The Tech offense was able to move the ball on the ground, in the short passing game, and down the field when needed. In addition to being fifth in the nation in time of possession they still lead the nation in total offense and passing offense.
While the offense executed, this is also about the defense. With fresh legs, the defense made quick work of the Cowboys offense. The longest drive of the second half was a six play drive that resulted in a missed field goal. Holding an explosive offense to only 21 plays in the second half is remarkable.
This team played a complete game this week and gave notice to fans and teams across the Big 12 that this team will be tough to beat. Especially if this is the type of game that becomes a regular occurrence from the defense.