Oklahoma State didn't have a drive last longer than 3:12 in the first half and Virginia Tech almost doubled OSU in time of possession 19:49 to 10:11. The Hokies held the ball for 10:04, which limited the opportunities for the potent Cowboys offense.
Virginia Tech ran for 162 yards in the half while Oklahoma State threw for 150. Despite missing starting wide receiver Cam Phillips, Tech (9-4) surprisingly managed to outgain Oklahoma State 518-492 in yardage, but the Cowboys found their offensive groove after the half.
Ahead 13-7 at the half, OSU marched 79 yards on eight plays with its first series of the second half.
The Cowboys finally finished a drive just before the half.
Instead, a bad exchange from Jackson to running back Steven Peoples resulted in a fumble that Oklahoma State safety Ramon Richards fell on at the Cowboys' 9.
The ensuing possession for Oklahoma State ended with a 36-yard field goal after the Hokies' defense stopped a promising looking drive for the second time of the night.More news: Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for "grand gesture"
Justice Hill would score the next play and the Cowboys had the lead for good. That cut OSU's lead to 20-14 with 6:31 left in the third quarter.
"The seniors have led this program to three-straight 10-win seasons and they should be very proud of that". Oklahoma State scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions that spanned the late second quarter and third quarter. A drive later, Washington caught a 65-yard touchdown that helped him eclipse Rashaun Woods for the all-time receiving yards record at Oklahoma State.
It was all Tech could do just to try to keep up from that point.
Oklahoma State fans are accustomed to seeing big numbers from one of the nation's best quarterback/wide receiver combinations, and they got one more from Mason Rudolph and James Washington on Thursday night.
Rudolph, poised, never forced things; the 19-yard scramble led to a TD pass to Dillon Stoner.