Texas Tech Shocks Sooners In Norman
NORMAN, OK (Sports Network) – Oklahoma’s quest for a perfect season ended in the most unlikely place…at home.
The third-ranked Sooners entered Saturday with a 39-game winning streak at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but Seth Doege found lightning in a bottle with five touchdowns to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 41-38 upset victory.
Doege passed for 441 yards and four scores on 33-of-52 attempts and also ran for a TD for Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12), which was coming off consecutive home losses to Texas A&M and Kansas State.
Alex Torres caught three of Doege’s touchdown passes and finished with 94 yards on four receptions.
Mike Hunnicutt missed two field goals from Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1), including a 28-yard chip shot with three minutes to go that bounced off the right upright.
The Sooners, whose last loss at home came on September 3, 2005 against TCU, pulled within 41-38 on Landry Jones’ fifth touchdown pass with 1:10 remaining, but Texas Tech recovered the onside kick to seal the unlikely win.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 31-7 lead two minutes into the second half on Torres’ third TD, but Oklahoma quickly began chipping away at the deficit.
Kenny Stills brought in a 58-yard touchdown a little later, and the Sooners stuffed Aaron Crawford on 4th-and-1 from the Oklahoma six-yard line.
The momentum shift was short-lived, as Jones was picked off by Tre’ Porter, who made a juggling interception at Oklahoma’s 44-yard line. The Red Raiders went three-and-out, then held Oklahoma to a field goal — a 22-yarder by Hunnicutt — after facing 1st-and-goal from the five.
After forcing another turnover on downs, Jones found Trey Millard for a three- yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter, pulling Oklahoma within 31-24.
Donnie Carona extended the lead with a 37-yard field goal, and Tramain Swindall made a terrific grab in the left corner of the end zone with 7 1 /2 minutes to play to pad the cushion.
Swindall’s 14-yard score was quickly followed by Jaz Reynolds hauling in a 55- yard TD with 6:45 showing.
The comeback bid took a hit when Hunnicutt was off the mark with time winding down, proving pivotal after James Hanna caught Jones’ 22-yard TD pass with just over a minute to play.
Seven snaps into the game, the teams appeared to be ready for a shootout. Torres turned a quick slant into a 44-yard touchdown 68 seconds in, and the Sooners countered a minute later when Jones connected with Stills for a 15- yard TD. Roy Finch’s 55-yard run on Oklahoma’s first snap set up the score.
The rest of the first quarter was uncharacteristically full of punts, and the second quarter began ominously for the hosts when Hunnicutt missed a 39-yard attempt.
Texas Tech embarked on a 10-play, 78-yard drive that ended with Doege, on 4th- and-goal from the one, powering into the end zone after bobbling the snap.
Ryan Broyles, who set the NCAA receptions record last week, fumbled on the next play, and the turnover was turned into seven points as a result of Torres taking another quick slant 30 yards for a score.
Oklahoma went three-and-out on its next three possessions and trailed at the half, 24-7, following Carona’s late 40-yard field goal.
Jones threw incomplete on his first three passes of the second half, and Torres scored on the fourth play of the ensuing drive, this time on an 11-yard fade.
The game was delayed one hour, 34 minutes for lightning…The Sooners fell to 75-3 at home under head coach Bob Stoops…Texas Tech improved to 2-8 in Norman…Jones threw for 412 yards on 30-of-55 attempts…Stills logged 135 yards on eight catches, while Broyles had 84 yards on seven receptions…Finch finished with 93 yards on 13 carries, while DeAndre Washington led Texas Tech’s running attack with 84 yards on 16 touches.