THE REWIND: Red Raiders enter the Top 25 after impressive victory

Red Raiders defensive back Adrian Frye (20) runs off the field after stopping a drive by the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the game at Boone Pickens Stadium. Texas Tech won the game 41-17.Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's praise is an even better tribute than the ranking.

Texas Tech entered the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 25 today on the strength of its 41-17 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday night.

It’s a nice bit of recognition, but rankings mean very little in the middle of September. Consider this: When Texas and Texas Tech both opened the season with losses to unranked (albeit Power 5) opponents, they both seemed a long way from being ranked. Going into this week, the Longhorns are the No. 18 team in the nation and the Red Raiders check in at 25.

One more illustration of the uselessness of rankings at the minute: Boise State, which was throttled at Oklahoma State eight days ago, is No. 25 in the Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, Texas Tech, which dominated the Cowboys last night in the same stadium, didn’t get a Top 25 nod in that poll.

A better indication of how well Texas Tech played on Saturday night came from Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.

“We got outcoached, outplayed and they were a lot tougher than us,” Gundy said. “I don't really know any other way to put it. They had really good plans, much better than ours.”

Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury has been demanding of his team this season. Following the blowout of Lamar two weeks ago, Kingsbury harped on penalties and didn’t seem happy at all about the team’s performance.

But Kingsbury was smiling and cracking jokes in his postgame press conference following the victory over Oklahoma State.

It’s a good bet that when Kingsbury looked at the stat sheet after the game his favorite line was 3 penalties for 20 yards.

Speaking of stats, as of Sunday, the Red Raiders lead the nation in passing offense, total offense, they’re third in scoring offense and 15th in time of possession.

Those last two stats are huge because they indicate how well Texas Tech is moving the chains and converting drives into points.

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