LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) -- Sonny Cumbie made up for a major mistake and went out a winner for Texas Tech.
Cumbie threw three touchdown passes, including a crucial fourth-quarter score, to lead the Red Raiders to a 31-15 victory over No. 23 Oklahoma State.
Texas Tech (7-4, 5-3 Big 12 South) scored the final 17 points - all in the fourth quarter - to win for the third time in its last four games. Alex Trlica's 22-yard field goal gave the Red Raiders the lead for good, 17-15, with 9:34 left, and Cumbie's third TD pass of the game, a 14-yard strike to Jarrett Hicks, opened a 24-15 cushion with 6:26 to play.
"I was really proud of the way the defense played. I thought both halves they set the tone for our team," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "I thought our defense rose at key times."
Hicks finished with five receptions for 96 yards and a pair of scores. His two-yard scoring catch midway through the third quarter gave the Red Raiders a 14-9 lead.
"We had a discussion. It was my opinion that he could whip that guy across from him who's clearly one of the best corners in the league," said Leach, referring to Oklahoma State cornerback Robert Jones. "But I think a lot of Jarrett Hicks. He's a great player, really competitive."
Cumbie completed 31-of-46 passes for 283 yards but his only interception gave Oklahoma State (7-4, 4-4 South) its only lead. Jamie Thompson picked off Cumbie and raced 68 yards to put Oklahoma State ahead, 15-14, with 3:06 left in the third quarter.
"I've bounced back from a few interceptions this year," Cumbie said.
Known for its pass-happy offense, Texas Tech also did its part on defense to preserve the victory. The Red Raiders limited Vernand Morency to 109 yards on 23 carries. Morency, who came into the game eighth in the country in rushing at 149.56 yards per game, was held without a TD.
"It looked like we didn't block well," Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. "But you have to give them credit. Their defense played real well."
The loss concluded a disappointing finish for the Cowboys, who started the season 5-0 only to lose four of their last six games.
"I thought the defense played well and special teams did a good job," Cowboys quarterback Donovan Woods said. "I think offensively, we just couldn't get things going."
Texas Tech, which likely will play in the Alamo or Holiday Bowl, has won its last 10 home games against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have not won in Lubbock since 1944.