In addition to the three turnovers, Michigan State also committed nine penalties, dropped a handful of passes and lost a possession to a turnover on downs. "You want to win enough to get noticed". "Whatever they give us, we're going to take it". We play a lot better like that.
Clemson now has notched two Top 15 wins this season, and the defense played a big role in those victories. Ranthony Texada and company held Rudolph to a pedestrian 22-of-41, 398-yard performance, and Oklahoma State didn't generate many splash plays outside of Washington's long touchdown until it was too late.
"We had to bring everybody to try to get the ball back", a reserved Spencer said in the post-mortem. Oklahoma State performed well last week and are 34th in the nation, allowing only 17 points per game.
Oklahoma State's one extended drive, lasting 11 plays, resulted only in a 29-yard Matt Ammendola field goal that cut the lead to 20-10. He threw his first interception of the year, which came in the third quarter and snapped a streak of 216 passes without a pick.
The OSU defense made a big play next, with Tre Flowers intercepting an overthrown pass by Kenny Hill and returning it five yards to the OSU 24-yard line.
The play by offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was largely derided as an unnecessary risk, but Gundy defended the call. Although they stumbled last week, TCU is no sippin' tea.
"If you want to be able to win championships, you have to be able to run the football, especially when you go on the road", Patterson said. "Would you like to have it back?"
"It will make it hard to come back (to the CFP hunt), but I don't think any time you are completely out", Gundy said.
Saturday's game marks the sixth between the Pokes and the Horned Frogs since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.
-LB Justin Phillips returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week, covering 10 yards with a third-quarter pick in the September 16 win at Pittsburgh.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys, who had been averaging almost 200 yards rushing per game, were held to 101 yards on 31 carries.
A week after scoring 49 points in a half at Pittsburgh Panthers, the Oklahoma State sputtered.
The Cowboys had more yardage (and yards per play), but TCU controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes and road 14 points off turnovers to a 13-point win.
"They know one day they might get eight touches and the next day it might be only three", Yurcich said of the group. And it was the Oklahoma State defense, surrendering two first-quarter field goals.
Putting the ball in the hands of the running backs early and often is one way to limit Hill's mistakes without really trying.
N.C. State led ranked teams twice late in games past year but fell short.
OSU ran for 101 yards compared to 238 for the Horned Frogs, a number that Gundy characterized as abysmal.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph will lead his team to battle at home against a solid TCU squad in what is one of the biggest Big 12 games of the year.
TCU made a statement about its ability to compete in the Big 12 this season when it drummed the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. OSU also ranks fourth in scoring (54) and seventh in passing (407.3). Oklahoma was a 28-point favorite at Baylor. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others. "We went two and a half weeks in that", he said. "Now, can we handle everybody telling us how great we are?"