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12:27 p.m. | Streak Comes to an End
OU had won a school-record 39-consecutive home games prior to tonight's game with Tech. The streak, the longest string in the nation, began September 1, 2005, with a 31-15 victory against Tulsa. The Sooners fall to 75-3 (.961) in Norman under Coach Stoops (1999-2011). Obviously, this is the first home loss for any of the Sooners on OU's current roster.
12:25 p.m. | Just Three
Oklahoma gets a TD pass to James Hanna and pulls to within three. OU is forced to try the onsides kick. The Red Raiders safely field the kick and this game is over.
12:16 p.m. | Miss
Oklahoma stalls in the red zone and the attempted field goal hits the upright. That pretty much seals it Sooner fans. Texas Tech played lights out but the Oklahoma offense never seemed to get in gear, even after the defense came to life in the second half.
12:11 p.m. | Senior Stepping Up
Great to see Sam Proctor in the secondary. The senior has stepped up. One thing for this Tech defense, they practice every day against a prolific, passing offense. The Sooners are forced to put the ball in the air to have a chance.
12:08 p.m. | Clock
Tech is the type of team that has a really hard time running out the clock. The offense depends so much on the pass. Every drop stops the clock and keeps the door open, if ever so slight, for OU.
12:03 p.m. | Jaz TD
Landry Jones finds Jaz Reynolds along the right sideline and Oklahoma pulls back to within 10, 41-31. We've passed the midnight mark here in Norman with 6:45 left on the clock. OU is down two scores so the defense will have to make a stop or generate a turnover for the Sooners to have a chance.
11:58 p.m. | Dagger
A 14-yard TD pass from Seth Doege to Tram Swindall pushes Tech's lead back to 41-24. We don't want to completely give up yet, but it certainly won't be easy for the Sooners to overcome a three-possession deficit with 7:38 remaining in Norman.
11:56 p.m. | Attendance: 85,204
Tonight's attendance was just announced at 85,204, marking the 78th straight sellout here at Owen Field. Oklahoma has drawn nearly 6.3 million fans for Bob Stoops' 77 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out. The string of sellouts is the longest in school history, eclipsing a mark of 69 from 1971-84. Thanks again to everyone who came out tonight, especially those still in their seats after the inclement weather early on.
11:51 p.m. | Shorthanded
We're certainly not making excuses, but the OU radio crew pointed out earlier that the Sooners are playing without the services of Casey Walker, Dominique Whaley and Tom Wort tonight. Those are some pretty big contributors, and while the next guy on the depth chart is expected to not miss a beat at Oklahoma, you can't deny those losses have had an impact on the game.
11:43 p.m. | Back to 10
Texas Tech tacks on three more to extend their lead back to 10, but credit the Sooner defense for buckling down and holding the Raiders to a field goal. Tech drove methodically into OU territory before stalling at the 20-yard line. Still plenty of time for the Sooners with 12:06 left on the clock, so don't go anywhere.
11:38 p.m. | Stay in Your Seats
For those who hung around during the weather delay and are still in their seats, they're seeing one heck of a game. It certainly hasn't gone the way we would have liked, but no doubt the drama has everyone on the edge of their chairs now. Let's go Sooners!
11:35 p.m. | One-Possession Game
We haven't been able to say this in awhile, but the Sooners are within one score as Landry Jones finds Trey Millard wide open in the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. Tech 31, OU 24.
11:29 p.m. | Heads-Up Plays
Heady play by Landry on that pass and the dive by Kenny Stills to secure the first down. OU moves the ball down to the five and will have first-and-goal to begin the fourth quarter.
11:24 p.m. | Another Big Stop
Oklahoma's defense is here to play. The Sooners mauled Tech on that series and OU will get the ball right back. Travis Lewis has been barking at his own guys all night. Tech tries a fake but OU stops 'em. Oklahoma's ball! Is a miracle in the works?
11:20 p.m. | Settling for a FG
Trey Millard fumbles the ball into the air but Landry catches it to save the Sooners' drive. Oklahoma settles for a field goal and pulls within 14. Texas Tech 31, Oklahoma 17.
11:15 p.m. | Signs of Life
We're seeing some life from the Sooner offense. If Oklahoma can punch one in, we're talking about a completely different game. Come on Sooners!
11:12 p.m. | Another Stop
On two consecutive plays, the Sooner defense got pressure up the middle and Tech is called for intentionally grounding the ball. The Sooner defense steps up again. Ryan Broyles takes the punt and rolls to the Tech 45.
11:09 p.m. | Interception
Tech got some pressure and Landry Jones' pass to Kenny Stills is called an interception. The replay booth confirms the call and the Sooner offense turns it over.
11:03 p.m. | Defense!
Now we'll see if the defense can generate some heat and slow down Tech. The Sooners are 17 points down and need the ball. Oklahoma's secondary gives up a big play and the defense is at a crucial point. Tech is going for it on fourth down near OU's goal line. Huge stop for the defense!
10:54 p.m. | Stills!
Oklahoma's offense finally shows its old self and Landry Jones hits Kenny Stills for a 58-yard TD. You just get the sense that OU needed a big play somewhere: offense, defense or special teams to get this team fired up. The catch was just one yard off Stills' career long of 59 -- which came against Texas Tech last year.
10:49 p.m. | Tech Scores
Texas Tech scores on its first possession of the second half and things continue to go downhill here in Norman.
10:45 p.m. | Poor Start
Not a positive start to the second half. Sooner offense goes three and out. Pass deflected, short pass stopped for no gain and a hard pass from Landry Jones flies through Ryan Broyles' hands.
10:41 p.m. | Merv's Keys
Coach Merv's keys to the second half: the offense has to do what it does best, pass and catch plus protect the passer. On defense, the Sooners need to put more pressure on Tech's Seth Doege, improve its tackling and force punts from the Red Raiders.
10:39 p.m. | Quick Notes
In one half, Aaron Colvin tied a career high with eight tackles. Prior to tonight, OU had trailed for just 23:24 this season and had been tied for 5:06.
10:37 p.m. | Sooners Back
The team has returned to Owen Field after the half. OU will receive the ball to begin the third quarter. Hopefully, we'll see some positive signs early on.
10:34 p.m. | Quick Hits
Toby just asked on the radio broadcast (while we were away at break) if anyone had a good luck dance for the second half. The other guys mentioned that there didn't seem to be much panic on the Sooner sideline. One observation: Tech has been in every game this year but has suffered self-inflicted setbacks.
10:26 p.m. | Stunned Crowd
Certainly a stunned crowd here in Norman unaccustomed to witnessing the Sooners down at home. Coming in, you knew Tech was capable of scoring points in bundles but Oklahoma's offense figured to keep pace. Even down their starting center, Tech's offense has kept the chains moving and put up 24 on the OU defense in the first half. Impressive performance by the Red Raiders in the first 30 minutes.
10:26 p.m. | Don't Forget...
While OU hasn't overcome a deficit like this at home, remember that the Sooners did overcome a 17-point deficit vs. Nebraska to win last year's Big 12 Championship game.
10:23 p.m. | Need a Record
With all the talk of records in recent weeks, the Sooners will need another historic performance tonight if they're going to win. OU's largest comeback at home was from a 15-point deficit vs. Vanderbilt in 1977. While history may not be on our side, it's not like this team doesn't have the ability. No question the message at halftime is execution.
10:19 p.m. | Sooners Stymied
Rare to see from the Sooner offense, which has been so prolific in recent years, but OU can't seem to get anything going tonight. Texas Tech holds the Sooners to their third straight three-and-out, and the crowd here in Norman is restless as we head to halftime.
10:15 p.m. | 17 in the Second
With a lot of pressure on the Sooner defense, Texas Tech extends its lead to 24-7 with a 40-yard field goal. The Red Raiders began that drive at the OU 47-yard line, so they didn't have to go far to get into scoring range.
10:11 p.m. | Offense Struggling
OU's offense goes three-and-out and the Sooners have now come up empty on every drive since their opening possession of the game. The last six drives have gone: punt, punt, missed FG, fumble, punt, punt.
10:09 p.m. | Tech's Snaps
We mentioned earlier Texas Tech may be having some difficulty with its shotgun snaps due to the wet conditions. It may also partially be due to a new center. Tech's starting center went out with an injury in the first quarter and the problems between Doege and the backup have been evident since.
10:06 p.m. | Defense Stands
Oklahoma's defense steps up when it can't afford to get any further behind. A tackle-for-loss by Ronnell Lewis and pressure by Frank Alexander on Tech's third down play keyed the stop for the Sooners. Now it's the offenses turn to make their statement.
9:59 p.m. | Finishing Drives
Coach Merv just made a great point in the OU radio broadcast. The current score is an indication of which team has been better at finishing off their drives. On its last two possessions, Oklahoma has a missed field goal and a fumble, both which came after the Sooners drove into Texas Tech territory. The Red Raiders have taken advantage each time by marching into the end zone.
9:55 p.m. | In a Hole
Texas Tech scores again on a crossing route, the same play it scored its first TD on, and Oklahoma is in a 21-7 hole here midway through the second quarter.
9:49 p.m. | Trashed Gloves
Ryan Broyles fumbled after making a catch on OU's last drive and likely threw his gloves in the trash immediately when he got to the sidelines. It's become a habit for Broyles after a negative play, and he talked about it in the interview we did with him earlier this week. Texas Tech is back on the offensive.
9:44 p.m. | Coach Merv's 401st
Merv Johnson was involved with his 400th Sooner game last week in Lawrence. The OU Athletics Department just celebrated his milestone in a special "Sooner Salute" including a video tribute and live shot from the radio booth. Did you know: Coach Merv's first game at OU was on September 15, 1979 when the Sooners hosted Iowa. The Hawkeyes boasted a redshirt-freshman safety wearing No. 41 by the name of Bob Stoops:
9:41 p.m. | Raiders Respond
After the Sooners failed to score, Texas Tech drove 77 yards in nine plays to move back on top, 14-7, here in Norman.
9:39 p.m. | Shotgun Dangerous
No, not the ones the Ruf/Neks use... Texas Tech, which operates primarily out of the shotgun formation, and QB Seth Doege has had problems handling their snaps on a number of occasions tonight. It hasn't resulted in a turnover yet, but it maybe something to keep an eye on. The Sooners also use the shotgun a lot but have gone under center much more tonight to offset any issues that may result from a wet football.
9:36 p.m. | Turning the Field
While the Sooners came up empty on their last drive after a missed 39-yard FG attempt from Michael Hunnicutt, credit the offense for turning the field. OU started that drive at its own four-yard line but used a 16-play drive to get out of the shadow of their own goal line and make the Red Raiders have to earn it on offense as well.
9:31 p.m. | Television Update
For those who are unable to watch the game on TV, we just received word that when the Alabama-Tennessee game ends, OU-Texas Tech will go nationwide on ESPN2. The game will stay on ABC for those who are currently receiving it there.
9:27 p.m. | More Roy
Roy Finch is just electric to watch. He spins and dashes, always looking like he has the chance to break loose. His stature and ability to hide behind the linemen in addition to his elusiveness reminds us of Quentin Griffin. Go Roy Go.
9:23 p.m. | Bring on Brennan
OU opened the game with Roy Finch in the backfield but Brennan Clay is the man on this drive. The Sooners are attempting to establish the run against this young Tech defense. Great catch and we're reminded how Jaz Reynolds has really become another weapon for Coach Norvell.
9:17 p.m. | Slippery When Wet
It's a simple scientific concept, but the large number of missed tackles so far tonight is more likely due to wet jerseys than poor technique by the defenses. With some of the big runs both teams have busted off, it's also evident that the guys running forward (offense) have an advantage over those moving backwards (defense) when trying to gain their footing. While the field is in great shape, the wet conditions are certainly still having an impact on the game.
9:15 p.m. | Dedication
Have to thank the crowd for sticking with us here through an hour-and-a-half weather delay. The stadium still looks packed and the fans are making noise. Way to go Sooner fans!
9:08 p.m. | Whaley, Hurst
Radio just made a mention of Dominique Whaley and obvious flu-like symptoms. We may see a lot of Roy Finch tonight. Tech does appear to be trying to test Demontre Hurst but all three pass attempts in his direction have been incomplete.
9:06 p.m. | Finch, Way
That opening rush by Roy Finch was a career-long (55-yards). Finch's previous best was a 29-yard rush, also against Texas Tech, in 2010. Way to go Tress Way as he punts the ball to Tech's 5-yard line. Of Way's 24 punts this season, 18 have been downed inside the 20. The wet Sooner crowd is making noise.
9:04 p.m. | Draining
OU's Director of Athletics Fields, Jeff Salmond, mentioned that Owen Field is equipped to handle rain at a rate of 10 inches an hour. We didn't receive that kind of downpour but the field looks like it's in great shape.
9:02 p.m. | Jaws
We love the new addition to the third-down audio here in the stadium: the Jaws theme. Of course it's in reference to the OU secondary and their "Sharks" moniker.
8:59 p.m. | Punt
OU radio makes a good note that Frank Alexander has talked with the officials after the last two plays -- perhaps mentioning the Tech offensive line. The Sooner defense makes a stop in its second outing and the Raiders are forced to punt.
8:53 p.m. | Finch Provides Jolt
Lightning may not have struck the stadium but Roy Finch just provided a jolt to the Sooner faithful with an incredible run. Landry Jones hits Kenny Stills in the end zone and the Sooners answer right back in just three plays: Oklahoma 7, Tech 7.
8:49 p.m. | Raiders Strike First
Texas Tech hits a 44-yard touchdown pass and the Red Raiders strike first on their opening drive. Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma 0
8:45 p.m. | We're Back in Action
The intro video has rolled and we're finally under way in Norman. Texas Tech has the ball first. Oklahoma has come out in a four-man front. We have a break due to an injury on the Tech side.
7:57 p.m. | Taking Refuge
The hour delay puts kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. Still raining here and the wind is sending it sideways. The big American, Oklahoma and OU flags in the southeast corner of the stadium were extended straight out. Fans have taken refuge under the stadium in every available spot.
7:38 p.m. | Radar
Here's a shot of the latest radar map showing the storms moving across Oklahoma. We've placed a circle around Norman. Click the image to go to the live radar site:
7:24 p.m. | On the Other Hand...
Not cool we're in a rain delay but check out the weather Texas Tech endured earlier this week in Lubbock. We'll take the rain.
7:14 p.m. | First Since 2008
This is the first delay in Norman since Aug. 30, 2008, when OU hosted Chattanooga. It was a one hour, 12-minute delay at the start of the second half. Our game here is being held for 30 minutes. The lightning was dancing across the sky as the Pride of Oklahoma was marching across the field in pre-game.
7:08 p.m. | Weather Delay
We've gone into a 30-minute delay as the weather has intervened with visible lightning around the stadium. ABC is reporting that the strikes are outside the six-mile radius where the NCAA mandates evacuation. The teams had not yet come out onto the field but you can imagine the frustration as the guys get fired up to take the field and then are told to cool their heels. Safety first.
6:56 p.m. | Hammer Wearing 12
Here's a shot from pre-game of defensive end Ronnell Lewis wearing No. 12 in honor of Austin Box:
6:51 p.m. | Oklahoma Weather
Just as the University of Oklahoma alumni band marched onto the field here for Homecoming, a large dagger of lightning lit up the stadium and the crowd reacted. Hopefully the fireworks remain on the field tonight (and wear crimson).
6:34 p.m. | Clock Problems
Just received word that the South end zone 25-second clock is out. Maintenance is being performed and game officials have been made aware. Perhaps that was the main point of conversation on the field a few moments ago. Game time is shown on the big screen so no problems there. We may have the 25-second clock also display on the big screen.
6:29 p.m. | Coaches Confer
Coach Stoops and Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville just met on the field with the game officials. We're assuming they discussed the weather and possible procedures if the stadium is in the path of anything with lightning. Rain? No problem. Keeping the players and fan safe however is paramount in the case of an electrical storm. Some threatening-looking clouds rolling overhead now here at Owen Field. Stay tuned...
6:21 p.m. | Updating From Field
We're set up at the 50 behind the OU team bench and updating now live from Owen Field. SoonerVision is showing every career catch for Ryan Broyles on the big screen with short clips flanked by a counter that's going up toward 326. Impressive work in compiling video of every single catch dating back to the 2008 season. Congratulations Ryan!
5:49 p.m. | Gates Open
The gates are open at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and Sooner fans are making their way inside for tonight's game. The lights are on while thunderstorms are popping up around Norman. Could get interesting as we near kickoff. Check the latest radar image here. For fans interesting in listening to OU's radio broadcast inside the stadium, tune to 88.3 FM.
1:19 p.m. | Staying Perfect
Oklahoma is 6-0 for the 22nd time in its 117 seasons. This is the seventh time in Stoops' 13 seasons at OU. The Sooners have advanced to 7-0 in 19 seasons, including five times under Coach Stoops. Here's a quick glance at how the list narrows down:
6-0: 22 seasons (including 2011)
7-0: 19 seasons
8-0: 17 seasons
9-0: 14 seasons
10-0: 12 seasons
11-0: 7 seasons
12-0: 3 seasons
13-0: 1 season
9:37 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
Below is a quick scan of this morning's headlines from the OU beat and Texas Tech sources. Looks like we're going to have pleasant weather in Norman for tonight's game:
Each Defense Will be Put to the Test - Norman Transcript
OU Has to Hunker Down in Red Zone - The Oklahoman
Raiders Face Tough Task at OU - Lubbock Avalanche
Sooner or Later, It's OU Football - Plainview Dealer
Sooners Are Home Sweet Home Tonight - Tulsa World
Tech Threatens OU Home Streak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
What You Need to Know: Tech-OU - Dallas Morning News
Playbooks Will Get a Workout - Muskogee Phoenix
Could Finch Provide Stretch-Run Surprise? - The Oklahoman
Key Matchup: Doege vs. Alexander/Lewis - Tulsa World
Being Stills, Half Nelson, Sooner Supporters - Tulsa World
OU's Game Should be a Bigger Deal - Norman Transcript
Don't Blame Kicker, QB - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This Week It Gets Real in Norman - Norman Transcript
Fleming Likely Out Next Two Weeks - The Oklahoman
8:01 a.m. | (3) Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
The Sooners host the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. at Owen Field. Keep it here throughout Saturday for complete coverage of Oklahoma's matchup with BSU. Boomer Sooner!
October 23, 2011
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