Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State: Matchups to Watch

Nov 12, 2011; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (21) runs the ball away from Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Tyler Johnson (40) and defensive tackle Christian Littlehead (72) during the third quarter at Jones AT

After a two-week road trip, the Red Raiders are back in Lubbock this weekend for a game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CST inside Jones AT&T Stadium, broadcast nationally on Fox. Here are some matchups to keep an eye on.

DeAndre Washington vs. Shaun Lewis

Tech’s DeAndre Washington currently leads the team with 294 rushing yards despite averaging just over nine carries per game. He’s catching nearly four passes a game as well, mostly out of the backfield, with a season high of six catches for 67 yards two weeks ago against West Virginia. Washington is shiftier than Kenny Williams and provides a nice change of pace for the offense; lightening to Williams’ thunder.

Shaun Lewis doesn’t lead the Cowboy’s defense in any statistical area, but he does a little bit of everything. Through seven games this season, Lewis has 23 solo tackles, four tackles for loss, half a sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He’s all over the field for Oklahoma State at his linebacker position, and we’ll likely be hearing his name called a lot on Saturday.

Edge: Even

Josh Stewart vs. Everyone

Oklahoma State do-everything offensive stud Josh Stewart is a dangerous man. His numbers in each category may not impress, but taken as a whole they command respect. He’s averaging a ridiculous 120 all-purpose yards per game with receiving, rushing and punt returning. Between all his touches he gains 15 yards every time he gets the ball in his hands, making him by far the biggest threat Tech faces this weekend.

At a slight 5/10, 185, Stewart plays with great speed, vision and instinct, and he’s a threat to score anywhere on the field. For instance: two weeks ago against TCU, Stewart fielded a punt on his own five-yard-line and returned it 95 yards to the house.

Edge: Stewart

Topics: Big 12, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Texas Tech Football, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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