STILLWATER, Okla. – Teams coming off wins over ranked opponents meet Saturday when Oklahoma State visits TCU. The Cowboys stopped AP No. 23 Iowa State 34-27, while the Horned Frogs toppled then-No. 15 Texas 37-27.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Oklahoma State -3.
Freshman Spencer Sanders threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns while the Cowboys intercepted three passes in the fourth quarter, including the game-deciding pick-six by Malcolm Rodriguez, to snap a two-game losing skid. "This is a great life lesson for the boys from the standpoint of, just keep playing," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said after his team committed eight turnovers in the losses but just one against the Cyclones. TCU freshman Max Duggan played his best game of the season, throwing for a career-high 273 yards, throwing for a pair of scores and adding one on the ground. Oklahoma State owns a 15-12-2 all-time series advantage - including a 9-4 edge in games played in Stillwater - although TCU has won the last two contests.
ABOUT TCU (4-3, 2-2 Big 12): Duggan, who also rushed for 72 yards against Texas, became the first TCU quarterback to lead the team in rushing in back-to-back games (115 against Kansas State) since Kenny Hill in 2017. "His team back in high school had never been to the playoffs, he led them to the finals. He's not where we need him to be yet, but we are farther along, and I think that will help our confidence going forward," coach Gary Patterson said. Sophomore receiver Taye Barber matched a career high in catches (five) and set a new personal mark for yards (94).
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (5-3, 2-3): The Cowboys entered the game 123rd in FBS in turnover margin before striking in the fourth quarter against the Cyclones; quarterback Brock Purdy (382 yards passing) had thrown just four picks all season. Chuba Hubbard ran for 116 yards to push his FBS-leading total to 1,381 yards to go along with 16 TDs. Tylan Wallace, who leads all Power Five conference players with 903 receiving yards, had eight catches for 131 yards.
1. Oklahoma State is just one win away from bowl eligibility for the 14th consecutive season.
2. Hubbard leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game (182.3), yards per carry among runners with at least 155 carries (6.4), all-purpose yards (1,458) and yards after contact (per Pro Football Focus).
3. TCU senior RB Darius Anderson has 615 yards and a 6.7 yards-per-rush average, but he has run for just 132 yards on 33 carries the last three games after churning out 455 yards on 53 carries the previous three games. He erupted for 160 yards on 26 carries with a career-high three TDs against the Cowboys two years ago.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 34, TCU 31