During the bye week, coach Mike Gundy's squad must clean up some of the issues that popped up against the Red Raiders. Two plays later, Rudolph faked a handoff and ran untouched to the right corner of the end zone with 1:12 remaining.
Devin Harper blocked the punt by Dominic Panazzolo, with the ball going out of bounds at the Tech 9-yard line.
Even after the momentum boost, Texas Tech struggled on offense for a majority of the first half, notching just 10 points in addition to Fields' defensive touchdown.
After a missed 18-yard field goal by Oklahoma State, Tech started on its own 20-yard line.
Saturday's game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys was the Big 12 Conference opener for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. A 26-yard pass to Marcell Ateman moved the Cowboys to the Texas Tech 48-yard line.
Oklahoma State's narrow 41-34 win over unranked Texas Tech did not impress the voters in this week's polls. He, James Washington and Jaylen McClaskey form one of the best wide receiver units in college football. Shimonek (330 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception) needs a little help, but it appears Texas Tech will be a tough out for most of the league.
It was a game as entertaining as it was expected to be, with several players - including Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill (164 rushing yards) - looking like the difference makers at various points.
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Rudolph extended Oklahoma State's lead to 28-17 with 12:50 left in the third quarter with an 8-yard rushing touchdown.
Despite missed field goals and a valiant effort by the Texas Tech defense, the Oklahoma State quarterback made the plays when it counted. He was also consistently pressured by the OSU defensive front and seemed to hurry his passes, like on the pick he threw right after Tech got the ball back on an onside kick early in the fourth quarter with Tech trailing 34-27. Both combined for catching 12 passes for 253 yards for the Cowboys in the game against TCU.
In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Stockton ran in a 1-yard touchdown to make the score 34-27 with Oklahoma State still in the lead and 14:53 left in the game.
Nic Shimonek completed a 25-yard pass to Antoine Wesley at midfield before four straight incompletions that clinched the win for the Cowboys. In fact, they reached the red zone on every possession in the first half but couldn't find much separation on the scoreboard.
With the offseason additions, added experience and more depth, the Red Raiders are improved on that side of the ball.
"We're not here to compete with people", Shimonek said. Those eight lost points loomed large in a seven-point loss. The first is at Kansas on Saturday.