Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville isn't naive to the fact the Big 12 runs on quarterbacks and he is grateful to have a special one at his disposal.
The Red Raiders, who made their debut in the BCS standings at No. 20 this week, used a stellar performance from quarterback Seth Doege (33 for 52, 441 yards and 4 TDs) in an upset over previously third-ranked Oklahoma, snapping the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak on Saturday.
"He is a battler and there isn't anybody else I'd rather have at quarterback than him," Tuberville said during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
"Some throws he made that second half -- not too many could have made them."
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Tuberville also credited Tech's defense, which limited the Sooners to no first downs for a 14-minute stretch and forced two key turnovers.
A storm delayed the start of the game for 1 hour and 35 minutes, but Tuberville joked that he may have found the Red Raiders' key to success during the delay.
"[Oklahoma] was over there in their indoor, probably running plays and stretching and our guys were listening to music and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," he said.
"We might keep doing that -- keep giving them sandwiches before the game."
Tuberville said the win has immediately helped in recruiting as several Tech targets have said expressed further interest.
"It has already made an impact," he said. "You can tell just by talking to guys who are interested in us and looking at other teams. To win a game like that nationally gets us some exposure."
Texas QB situation
Texas quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy will continue splitting time with the Longhorns' first-team offense during practice this week, coach Mack Brown said.
Ash, a freshman, took every snap in the Longhorns' 38-26 loss to Oklahoma State two weeks ago, when he threw for two interceptions, took five sacks and lost a fumble.
McCoy, a sophomore, has not seen action since Texas' 55-17 loss to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 8, going 9 for 16 with 116 yards and two lost fumbles.
What lies ahead
Kansas State, No. 8 in the BCS standings, has been the surprise of the Big 12 this season, as the Wildcats, picked to finish near the bottom of the conference in preseason rankings, are 7-0 and have quality wins over Texas Tech and previously-ranked Baylor.
But the Wildcats are set to run the conference gauntlet, with games against No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Texas A&M and Texas over the next month.
"They truly understand scores don't make any difference... and that the best of teams can falter from time to time," coach Bill Snyder said of his squad.
Much of the Wildcats' success should be credited to their defense, which has allowed an average of 337 total yards per game and just 18 total touchdowns through seven games and is among just two teams from the Big 12 in the top 30 in the country in total defense.
OSU receiver woes
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy may have dodged a bullet on Saturday as it looked as though he might be without two of the Cowboys' top three receivers in Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam after both were injured in a 45-24 victory over Missouri.
Anyiam broke a bone in his left foot and is out for the season.
Blackmon left the game with concussion-like symptoms but Gundy said he was held out for the remainder of the game for "precautionary reasons" and would be re-evaluated today.
"I think he is going to be fine," Gundy said.
Anyiam had 370 yards with three touchdowns while Blackmon leads Oklahoma State, and is 23rd in the nation, with 662 yards and eight touchdowns (5th in the nation).
Players of the week
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege was named the offensive player of the week after leading the Red Raiders past Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis notched nine tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery and picked up the defensive nod.
Kansas State freshman kick returner Tyler Lockett, who received the special teams honors, became the first player in Wildcats history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in consecutive weeks and racked up 251 all-purpose yards with 110 receiving yards.
"At one point I thought I was going to have to call Thurman Thomas to keep his helmet from him." Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on keeping Justin Blackmon from returning to the game against Missouri on Saturday.
"As far as I'm concerned we are in the Big 12. It is going to be a good atmosphere anyway." Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman on the Aggies' matchup with potential fellow Southeastern Conference team Missouri.
"We're probably going to have to kidnap them off the bus." Kansas State coach Bill Snyder on how the Wildcats will have to defend Oklahoma QB Landry Jones and Aggies QB Ryan Tannehill in their next two games.