Oklahoma Sooners Ride Opportunistic Defense To Upset Texas Tech

By Joseph Lisi
Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners were looking to redeem themselves after a lackluster victory on the road last week over the Kansas Jayhawks 34-19. Saturday provided the ultimate stage for the Sooners to showcase their ability against the no. 10-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders were undefeated at 7-0 and were sitting atop the Big 12 standings entering this ball game.

However, the Sooners responded behind the play of their defense to pull off the upset 38-30.

The Sooners were able to jump out ahead of the Red Raiders and take a 14-7 halftime lead into the locker room in Norman. The Sooners were able to contain the Red Raiders’ offense, holding Texas Tech to their lowest first-half total of the year (seven points). The defense was able to confuse freshman quarterback Davis Webb into making poor reads and forcing throws early in the game. Oklahoma was able to pressure Webb, sacking him twice and forcing one interception.

The Sooners were able to hold the Red Raiders’ offense to 72 yards rushing on the night, and held Texas Tech to 5-of-14 in third down conversions. However, the defining moment for the Sooners defense came in the game’s final moments. With Oklahoma clinging to an eight-point lead, the Red Raiders took over possession with a chance to tie the ball game at their own 25-yard line with 1:17 left in the game.

That is when the Sooners defense stepped up and made some noise. The Sooners sacked Webb for a 13-yard loss and then forced three straight incompletions to seal the victory. Oklahoma moved to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12. The Sooners will look to carry the momentum from this victory on the road next week when the team travels to Waco to face the no. 8 Baylor Bears.

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