The Texas Tech Red Raiders need to beat No. 21 Baylor on Saturday in Arlington to get the six wins necessary to become bowl eligible.
Robert Lewandowski scored 17 points, converting all seven free throw attempts, to lead Texas Tech over North Texas 69-64 on Wednesday night as the Red Raiders withstood a late rally.
Second-ranked Oklahoma State can move a step closer to playing for the national championship with a win Saturday over Texas Tech.
The player who will be forever tied to the firing of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is nearing the end of his college career.
The Red Raiders are back on the road, facing a Texas team Saturday that is gaining confidence behind a tough running game and a defense that just posted its first shutout in six years.
Kansas State is at No. 3 Oklahoma State, the Aggies visit the Sooners and the Red Raiders play at Texas.
The third-ranked Sooners entered Saturday with a 39-game winning streak at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but Seth Doege found lightning in a bottle with five touchdowns to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 41-38 upset.
The Sooners already have the ninth-longest home winning streak ever in the Bowl Subdivision and can tie Notre Dame this weekend for the eighth-longest.
Stephens’ status was announced Tuesday after doctors reviewed results of the junior’s MRI. The nation’s 15th-ranked rusher went down late in the third quarter on a first-and-goal play.
Texas Tech officials “strongly condemned” vandalism that targeted a Texas A&M bus before the Aggies played the Red Raiders, but said fish bait, not manure, was used in the incident.
The game pits two of the country’s worst defenses: Texas A&M is dead last (120th) in pass defense and the Red Raiders are nearly at the bottom (117th) against the rush.
Texas Tech officials say Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight will come off the university’s payroll next Wednesday.