Keenan Evans reiterated a message to his Texas Tech teammates after the senior struggled shooting the ball in a couple of big losses by the No. 14 Red Raiders.
I was going to be that guy that set the tone, whether it was aggressive on offense, or aggressive on defense, Evans said. I was trying to be that guy that was kind of everywhere … just making tough plays and trying to get us going in any way possible.
Every game, you’re going to get punched, the other team is going to go on runs, and you’ve got to respond, Beard said. Tonight, above all, what I’m most proud of is just the grit, the composure. I didn’t think there was much panic out there, even when we were trying so hard to play well and we just weren’t.
Even though the Red Raiders are out of the Top 10 for the first time in three weeks, they are still among the nation’s top 15 teams for three straight weeks for the first time since 1995-96.
Carroll had a go-ahead bank shot with 5:50 left in the first half that started a half-ending 18-5 run that put Oklahoma State up 37-25. Carroll had a 3-pointer 36 seconds after that as part of eight straight points for the Cowboys.
Georgia and Oklahoma met earlier this month in a 54-48 double-overtime classic won by the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff semifinals. In his new role at Oklahoma, Beamer will be involved with head coach Lincoln Riley in preparing the offensive game plan and will also coach tight ends and H-backs.
Beamer, 40, has also had coaching stints working under Hall of Famers Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee and Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State.
There will be plenty of quarterback-related intrigue in the coming days and perhaps weeks with Romo, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick among the veterans expected to be available.