Rudolph lifts OSU over Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Mason Rudolph kept No. 15 Oklahoma State from having to worry about another go-ahead field goal try from shaky kicker Matt Ammendola.
The Cowboys quarterback ran 16 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes and Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 41-34 on Saturday night.
Rudolph's second rushing score after halftime followed three first-half TD tosses as the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) bounced back from a home loss to ninth-ranked TCU and avoided a second early conference loss in their pursuit of the revived Big 12 championship game.
"A lot of those were just kind of me ad-libbing," Rudolph said. "We'll watch it on film and see if I get yelled at. But I think, whenever the result is a touchdown, you won't get yelled at too much."
Oklahoma State held the Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1) to 384 yards, about 200 yards below the third-best average in the county coming in, and stopped Texas Tech after Ammendola missed an 18-yard field goal that would have given the Cowboys the lead with 5:30 remaining.
Ammendola missed a 22-yarder at the same end in the first half.
Rudolph led Oklahoma State's 79-yard drive to the decisive score. Marcell Ateman made a jump-ball catch over Octavious Morgan for 26 yards on third down. Two plays later, Rudolph faked a handoff and ran untouched to the right corner of the end zone with 1:12 remaining.