James Washington could have quite easily been a Texas Tech Red Raider.
Oklahoma State’s star wide receiver grew up just 147 miles Southeast of Lubbock in Stamford, Texas, but the Red Raiders were among the seemingly countless programs that never pursued Washington’s services.
Now a senior and fresh off of his fourth appearance against Texas Tech, Washington has been sure to remind the Red Raiders of what they missed out on throughout his entire career and Saturday night was no different.
Washington entered Saturday night’s showdown in Lubbock boasting 13 career receptions against the Red Raiders for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. His hot streak didn’t end in what became a 41-34 Oklahoma State victory.
Once again, Washington feasted on Texas Tech’s secondary to the tune 9 receptions for 127 yards and 1 touchdown, lifting his career total against the home-state program that never recruiting him to 22 receptions for 572 yards and 6 scores.
More notably, although he headlined a talented Oklahoma State receiving corps, Washington’s 127 yards marked his second-lowest effort against Texas Tech, ahead of only his 87-yard showing as a freshman, and his did so with a gap of more than 35 minutes between his seventh and eighth caches. After hauling in his seventh catch early in the second quarter, Washington didn’t reach the stat sheet again until what essentially served as Oklahoma State’s final drive late in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for Texas Tech, Washington’s 15-yard reception came on third-and-5 to all-but seal an Oklahoma State victory, as Mason Rudolph scampered into the end zone just two plays later to regain the lead with 1:12 to play.
As a result, Washington can now enjoy a perfect 4-0 record over the Red Raiders, thanks in large part to his otherworldly pass-catching prowess.
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