Posted October 26, 2013

Oklahoma beats Texas Tech 38-30 to hand the Red Raiders their first loss in 2013

Big 12, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Jalen Saunders

Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders had 153 receiving yards and two TDs in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Trailing No. 17 Oklahoma 38-30 with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb readied for the snap at his own 25-yard line. Webb, along with fellow freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, had led Red Raiders to a surprising 7-0 start and a No. 10 ranking in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s debut campaign. Now, Texas Tech needed to go 75 yards to keep its hopes for an unbeaten season alive.

Against a tough Sooners defense, and in front of a raucous crowd in Norman, it turns out that even one yard was too much for the Red Raiders to ask.

Oklahoma defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue sacked Webb for a 13-yard loss on first down, and Webb then threw three straight incompletions to seal the Sooners’ 38-30 victory on Saturday. The sequence effectively ended what had been a back-and-forth game. Texas Tech led 24-21 late in the third quarter before Oklahoma wideout Lacoltan Bester and running back Damien Williams rushed for momentum-changing touchdowns that put the Sooners up 35-24. Red Raiders tailback Kenny Williams scored from one yard out with 7:13 left to play, but Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt’s field goal, and the Sooners’ last-minute defensive stand, sealed the victory.

Webb, one week after setting a Texas Tech freshman record with 462 passing yards in a victory over West Virginia, completed 33-of-53 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions. But Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell got the better of him. Bell threw for 249 yards, rushed for 44 more and scored two touchdowns. Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders had six catches for 153 yards and two scores.

6 comments
phg_522
phg_522

Anyone who watched this game knows that blake bell, despite his decent numbers, deserves very little credit. The offensive line and the running backs were the real winners today. 

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

@phg_522 yeah, he did little in that 76-yard td pass.  That play did nothing for momentum in this game, you're right.  Going what, like 5-8 on 3rd down for 78 yards and running for another 1st down on 3rd down.  All these things, watching the game, he did nothing to earn credit in.  I guess I could go on and on about his performances that did little to impact this game, you're right..

clt0002
clt0002

@phg_522 Bell threw for 249 yards, rushed for 44 more and scored two touchdowns.

mlbrand
mlbrand

@phg_522 Sounds like sour grapes from a TX Tech fan. Blake Bell got it done when he needed to and was huge in helping to win this game. Winners don't always have the best stats, except W's.

phg_522
phg_522

@mlbrand definitely sour grapes. Not too upset about that loss though, top 10 team in a very difficult environment. But you are correct he did get it done when he had to. and to @clt0002 those aren't that great of stats compared to past OU QB's. Not a bad player, but I feel like he is what's holding OU back from being a top 5 team instead of a top 10 team. 

cgsmks
cgsmks

@mlbrand @phg_522 The Sooners outgained tech by over 60 yards, won the turnovers 1-3, and oh yeah, won the freaking scoreboard by 8 points.  There are your effing stats!