Texas Tech 41, OU 13 | Nov. 21, 2009 | Lubbock, Texas
| Final in Lubbock
It's official here in Lubbock. Another frustrating loss for the Sooners as they fall, 41-13, to the Red Raiders.
| More on Broyles
That last touchdown catch pushed Broyles over the 100-yard receiving mark today, his fourth game of 100+ yards this season. It's also his sixth game this year with at least seven receptions.
| Touchdown Oklahoma
Nice catch by Ryan Broyles between two Texas Tech defenders before he takes it to the house for a 51-yard touchdown. Broyles ranks among the nation's leaders in touchdown catches this season. That was his 12th of the year.
| Can't Catch a Break
Finally something positive for Oklahoma as freshman receiver Jaz Reynolds busts loose for a 57-yard gain down the sideline. OU still can't catch a break, however, and turns the ball back over to Texas Tech with an interception in the end zone two plays later.
| Raiders Rolling
Texas Tech's latest touchdown comes on the ground, a 21-yard scamper by Baron Batch. It's turning into a rout here in Lubbock with the Red Raiders now up 34-6.
| Different Story
Over the last two weeks, Oklahoma gave up a total of 20 points, 10 in each game. Both opposing TDs came when the opponent returned an interception deep into OU territory. Those two scoring drives amounted to a total of six yards (Nebraska one, Texas A&M five).
It's been a different story today as Texas Tech has put together a number of methodical drives en route to over 400 yards of total offense and 27 points thus far.
| Today's Attendance
A less than capacity crowd today here in Lubbock, as today's attendance just announced at 50,479. The Red Raider faithful in attendance have had plenty to cheer about, and Tech is driving deep into Oklahoma territory again as we head to the fourth quarter.
| Eerily Similar
Sooner fans have to be wondering what is wrong with the offense away from Norman. One week after putting up 65 points in a rout of Texas A&M at Owen Field, the offense has mustered just two field goals thus far today in Lubbock. This game feels eerily similar to the Nebraska loss except that Texas Tech has its offense continuing to stretch the lead.
| Snowballing the Wrong Way
Once the momentum gets rolling, it just seems to continue in the same direction. Unfortunately for the Sooners, it's going the wrong way today. Texas Tech picked off a Landry Jones pass on OU's last drive and converted it to points with a 37-yard field goal.
| Raiders Strike Again
Texas Tech's offense certainly looked confident on its opening drive of the second half, while the Sooner defense did not. The Raiders marched 91 yards in six plays in just 2:13, capped by a 24-yard TD pass from Potts to Alex Torres.
| Defensive Keys
OU sideline reporter Toby Rowland from the Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast just provided his three keys for the defense in the second half: 1) Keep up the late pressure on Taylor Potts; 2) Make a defensive play to help out the offense; and 3) Hope Tech feels overconfident coming back on the field after that first half.
| Heads Up by Simmons
Offensive guard Brian Simmons makes a huge play in his first game back after injury with that fumble recovery for the Sooners. Texas Tech made the classic mistake of trying to pick up the ball rather than fall on it and provided Simmons the chance at the ball. When the ball hit the ground, it didn't look like there was any chance Tech wouldn't come up with the recovery.
| Stalling Again
Much like was the case at Nebraska, the Sooner offense seems to drive the ball with a fair amount of ease until about midfield. Then they stall and can't seem to do much of anything. Hopefully they can reverse the trend as this half goes along and keep putting positive plays together.
| Looking for Broyles
Maybe we called it, maybe we didn't, but the Sooners have been looking to their playmakers early in this drive. Landry Jones hit Ryan Broyles for a pair of first downs on the first three plays, one for 23 yards and another for 11, while Murray also got an early touch.
| Starting on Offense
Oklahoma will have the ball first to start the second half. Hopefully the Sooner offense can come out strong and get things turned back in our favor right from the start.
| Bellweather Stat Revisited
Remember our bellweather stat of the game? It's not looking so good for the Sooners right now. Both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles have exactly 21 yards each here at halftime. When either of the two have more than 100 yards, OU is 5-1. No century mark? OU's just 1-3. Landry Jones and the Sooner offense need these two to get on track in the second half.
| First-Half Stats
A look at some of the numbers that stand out from the first half:
Jonathan Nelson: 6 tackles, 5 solo, 1 INT
Keenan Clayton: 6 tackles, 5 solo, 2 PBUs
Patrick O'Hara: 2-for-2 FGs, long of 47 yds
Dejuan Miller: 3 catches, 58 yards, 19.3 avg
Gerald McCoy: 1 sack for -11 yards, 1 PBU
Landry Jones: 9-of-18 for 93 yds, sacked twice
Texas Tech has 250 total yards to OU's 114.
| GK Continues to Impress
Amazing stat: junior DT Gerald McCoy has made more than 42% of his career tackles behind the line of scrimmage. McCoy made his 38th career start at defensive tackle in today's game, breaking the record for longest string of starts by a defensive interior lineman at Oklahoma. Scott Evans (1987-1990) had the old record at 37.
Sooner Awards: Gerald McCoy
| Tale of Two Places
Given the events of the last few weeks, Oklahoma has been a completely different team on the road compared to when they are at home. Last week against Texas A&M, when the Sooners got the momentum it continued to just snowball in our favor. Conversely, when we've been on the road at Nebraska and here against Tech today, it's like we're caught in a rut we can't get out of. Hopefully OU can make some halftime adjustments and turn the momentum back in our favor on both sides of the ball.
| Battle on the Other Side
Tech is getting penetration with its four-man rush and getting to Landry Jones. OU's offensive line got injured guard Brian Simmons back for the game, then promptly lost center Ben Habern with a leg injury. Habern had been consistent in the middle, starting each of the last 10 games. Now, backup Brian Lepak has snapping duties.
| Battle in the Trenches
Until that last sack by McCoy, OU has had trouble getting much penetration today against Texas Tech's massive offensive line. Tech's offensive linemen look a lot like BYU's linemen from OU's season opener. The Sooner tackles and ends try to twist and end up getting bunched up in the middle. OU's four-man rush isn't getting it done and you see Coach Venables gambling with more blitzes.
| "D" Answers Again
Oklahoma's defense answers the call once again, holding the Red Raiders to a three-and-out. Gerald McCoy sacked Potts on the third-down play, his fifth of the season.
| Needing a Momentum Shift
OU's offense went backwards on the ensuing drive and were forced to punt after just three plays. Texas Tech starts with a short field, meaning the Sooner defense really needs to step up here to keep from digging themselves into a bigger hole.
| Potts Giving OU Fits
Texas Tech has been methodical on its last two drives. QB Taylor dropped a beautiful pass in coverage to Austin Zouzalik for a 21-yard TD to extend the Raiders' lead to 17-6. It was another quick drive for Tech, this one covering 68 yards in six plays in just 2:10.
| Diggin' the Unis
Tim Griffin of ESPN.com just posted this on his blog: "The Sooners' throwback uniforms aren't getting the national run that Ohio State's are, but these uniforms are kind of sweet
. I think Tommy McDonald might enter the game any minute."
| Not Again...
Center Ben Habern had to be helped off the field on OU's last drive and was putting no weight on his right leg. Let's hope it's not serious, but from the looks of it Habern may be the latest Sooner to be added to the injury list.
| Quick Strike Raiders
Texas Tech has long been known for its ability to score quickly and 2009 is no exception. Including the last one, the Red Raiders now have 20 scoring drives this season that have consumed less than two minutes on the clock.
| Texas Tech Answers
And does so quickly with a Baron Batch two-yard touchdown run to take the lead back at 10-6. A majority of the yards on that drive came on a 65-yard pass play from Taylor Potts to Alex Torres. The drive took just four plays to cover 69 yards in 1:54.
| Erratic Pace
While the score is only 6-3, this game is moving right along. We mentioned earlier how Tech keeps the clock running while they are on offense. Similarly, the Sooners' no-huddle offense provides for continuous action down on the field.
| O'Hara Two-for-Two
Impressive drive for the Sooners before stalling inside the Texas Tech 10-yard line. They called in O'Hara for a field goal once again, this one a 22-yarder to go up 6-3. It was a 14-play drive that covered 51 yards in four minutes and 44 seconds.
| Century Mark a Key
Looking for a bellweather stat during this game? If DeMarco Murray or Ryan Broyles go over 100 yards, OU is 5-1 this season. If not, OU is just 1-3. By the way, here's the link for live stats:
Follow Live Stats Via CBS' Gametracker
| Kicking from Distance
From the OU communications staff: O'Hara's 47-yard field goal was the longest by a Sooner since Garrett Hartley booted a 53-yarder vs. Utah State (Sept. 15, 2007).
| Our Boy O'Hara
Oklahoma calls in walk-on kicker Patrick O'Hara for a 47-yard field goal to tie the game at three. O'Hara, a transfer from Washburn University (D-II school in Topeka, Kan.), has been quite a story around Norman the past week after he played in his first-ever football game against A&M. If you missed it, Coach Stoops had quite the kudos for O'Hara after practice Monday, calling him "My boy Patty." Video video here:
Monday Post-Practice: Coach Stoops
| Patrick O'Hara
| INT a Team Effort
Junior DB Jonathan Nelson should give some props to defensive end Jeremy Beal for helping him collect his second interception in the past two games. Beal got in the face of Tech quarterback Taylor Potts and forced the throw that Nelson picked.
| "D" Answers the Call
As we were finishing that last note, the defense certainly stepped up, with Jonathan Nelson picking off Tech QB Taylor Potts around the 25-yard line. That's Nelson's second interception in as many weeks. Let's see if the offense can take advantage of the opportunity.
| Tech Marching Again
The Red Raiders are moving the ball again with quite a bit of ease against the Sooner defense. Hopefully OU can step up again and stall this drive. With under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, it seems we've hardly gotten a chance to touch the ball. Not only does Tech move the ball efficiently, they keep the clock moving as well with a majority of their routes across the middle of the field.
| Contrast in Styles
Today's uniforms definitely provide an extreme contrast between Tech and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders are sporting their usual black and scarlet Under Armour uniforms which have a sort of futuristic look to them. The Sooners counter with special Nike uniforms that harken back to OU's mid-50s national championships teams under Bud Wilkinson. Although OU's white unis look simple, they're high-tech in terms of material. You're seeing a visual contrast in uniforms that highlights the differences between the tradition of the programs.
| Simmons Back in the Lineup
With all the injuries the Sooners have endured, it's good to see the team get a player back, especially on the offensive line and especially with it being a senior. Brian Simmons is back on the field and started today's game at left guard after missing the last five games since getting injured against Baylor.
| OU's Offensive Starters
Today's offensive starters for the Sooners: WR Dejuan Miller, TE James Hanna, LT Trent Williams, LG Brian Simmons, C Ben Habern, RG Tyler Evans, RT Cory Brandon, WR Ryan Broyles, WR Adron Tennell, QB Landry Jones and RB DeMarco Murray.
| Defense Stiffens
After the Red Raiders methodically drove down the field to start the game, the OU defense
buckled down to hold them to a field goal. Keeping the high-powered Texas Tech offense out of the end zone will be a key all day.
| OU's Offense the Focus
Strange intro for the game on TV by FOX Sports Net. The build-up montage highlighted Landry Jones, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles, then closed with the question 'can Texas Tech's defense contain OU's explosive offense?'. Seems like there's been a lot of emphasis on Tech's offense against OU's defense leading up to this game but FSN chose to highlight the opposite matchup.
| First Start for J-Nel
Defensive back Jonathan Nelson made his first career start today. The junior has seen an increase in playing time in recent weeks and recorded his first career interception last week vs. A&M. He already has a couple tackles on this opening drive as the Red Raiders are marching down the field.
| OU's Defensive Starters
Opening today's game on defense for the Sooners: DE Jeremy Beal, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Adrian Taylor, DE Frank Alexander, LB Travis Lewis, LB Ryan Reynolds, LB Keenan Clayton, CB Brian Jackson, CB Dom Franks, S Quinton Carter and S Jonathan Nelson.
| Tech Wins the Toss
The Red Raiders elected to receive and will be going from left to right as you're watching on TV.
| Senior Day in Lubbock
With this being their last home game, Tech is recognizing its 19 seniors with a pregame ceremony on the field. Some of the more notable ones OU fans may recognize include DB Jamar Wall, WR Ed Britton, LB Marlon Williams, OL Marlon Winn and OL Brandon Carter.
| Memories from Last Year
Before today's game gets underway, one more quick look back at last year with opposing viewpoints from the opponents...
Tech LB Bront Bird is looking to erase memories of last season's rout in Norman. "That was embarrassing and probably the most embarrassing loss I have ever been a part of, and I am sure the rest of the team feels the same way," he said. "Getting a win this week would get that out of our memories and get that sour taste out of our mouths."
OU junior running back DeMarco Murray: "Last year's game was one of the greatest atmospheres I've ever played in. I'm sure their fans are going to be going crazy for them and making it as loud as it can be come Saturday."
Do you remember just how loud it was in Norman last year? If not, here's a quick video to refresh your memory:
Sooner Faithful Jump Around
| Something's Got to Give
Who will buck 2009 trends and earn the win in Lubbock today? Texas Tech has not beaten a Big 12 South team yet this season and still needs a win to become bowl eligible for a 16th straight season. Tech's season-opening win against North Dakota doesn't count because the Fighting Sioux are in the FCS. OU has only one road win this season (at Kansas) and lost in its last two trips to Lubbock. The Sooners need a win to build momentum for next Saturday's Bedlam matchup with rival Oklahoma State in Norman.
| Game Balls Flown In
Today's game balls were delivered via the air, with three parachuters just landing on the field here at Jones AT&T Stadium. Could it be a sign of things to come? Under Mike Leach, Tech has long been known for its aerial attack, while OU is coming off a 65-point performance last week led by Jones' five TD passes.
| Late-Arriving Crowd?
Both teams just headed back to their respective locker rooms for some final words from the coaches before the game. Just over 20 minutes left before kickoff, the stands are
still pretty empty here at Jones AT&T Stadium, save for the Texas Tech student section. Going back to our last note, perhaps a less than capacity crowd could be to the Sooners' advantage.
| Tough Place to Play
Jones and the rest of the Sooners will definitely have to stay focused today, as we've found out in recent years just how tough a place to play Lubbock can be. From the rowdy student section to the bell ringer to tortillas flying at you from the stands, the Red Raider faithful do everything they can to get in your head. We'll see how well the Sooners can block out the crowd today and execute their game plan.
| Tale of Two Jones's
Corby Jones from the Big 12 preview show on FOX Sports Net: "We've seen the tale of two Landry Jones's in the past two weeks: five picks and no TDs at Lincoln against Nebraska followed by five touchdowns and just one pick last week at home against Texas A&M." Pat Jones: "It's tough to know where Landry Jones is mentally in this stage of his career on the road."
| Dual-Threat Murray
Joel Klatt on the Big 12 Showcase TV preview show on FOX Sports Net just highlighted DeMarco Murray: "It's tough to find a running back that can run and catch the ball equally well. Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray can do both and may be the best in the country at it." Indeed... Murray had a career day catching the ball vs. Texas A&M last week with five catches for 143 yards and two TDs to go along with 80 rushing yards.
| What to Watch For
It will be interesting to see which side can impose itself today in Lubbock. OU's defense enters the game ranked first in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing just 178.4 yards per game (sixth nationally in total defense). Texas Tech enters the game with the No. 1 passing offense in the Big 12 (and second in the nation) with 391.1 yards per game. Watch OU's secondary adjust and keep an eye on junior DB Jonathan Nelson (No. 3). He came up with a pick last week in OU's 65-10 demolition of Texas A&M.
| First Look at Unis
Assistant media relations director David Bassity provides us with a first look at OU's Pro Combat uniforms actually on a player. Click the image on the right to view a shot of Ryan Broyles from field level during warmups. (Forgive the quality, it's as good as we can do with a cell phone camera).
| Red Raider Rivalry
While OU-Texas Tech might not strike up the same emotions as say Texas, OSU or Nebraska, the rivalry between the Sooners and Red Raiders has certainly grown in recent years. The last two meetings have seen the two teams take turns playing spoiler in the other's national title hopes. Oklahoma's last trip to Lubbock in 2007 saw Tech take down the No. 5 Sooners 34-27. Last year, OU returned the favor, trouncing the No. 2 Red Raiders 65-21 in Norman. While neither team is in contention for the BCS this year, both sides will certainly be playing for pride given their recent history.
2008 Highlights: OU 65, Tech 21
| 2007: Tech 34, OU 27
| Nike Rivalry Merchandise
As part of the Nike Pro Combat Rivalry program, the official OU Athletics Online Store
has a special line of merchandise now in stock. Choose from a replica jersey commemorating today's game, the official rivalry T-shirt the team wore throughout the week and much more:
Shop for Nike Pro Combat Rivalry Merchandise
| All White a Bit Different
Just after we said that, the first group of Oklahoma offensive players ran onto the field. As expected, the most striking difference is the white helmets. OU's all-white getup today is definitely a different look than we're accustomed to, but in contrast to the all-black attire Texas Tech's will be wearing, the Sooners shouldn't have any issues distinguishing who's on our side.
| Live from Lubbock
The Sooners arrived at Jones AT&T Stadium approximately 30 minutes ago. It's a beautiful day in Lubbock with clear, sunny skies. From our perch in the press box, sunglasses would actually be beneficial with the sun staring us right in the face. No Oklahoma players have taken the field yet, but we're anxiously awaiting our first glimpse of the Nike Pro Combat uniforms the team will be wearing today.
| FOX Sports Net
The Sooners will play on FOX Sports Net at 11:30 a.m. Central. Here's a quick list of channels for Norman, OKC, Tulsa & Dallas:
Cox Channel 37, AT&T Uverse 753
Cox Channel 37, AT&T Uverse 753
Cox Channel 27, AT&T Uverse 753
Time Warner 36, AT&T Uverse 753
DirecTV: Channel 676
| Weather Conditions
The Sooners can expect sunny skies with temps in the mid-50s at kickoff at 11:30 this morning in Lubbock. It should warm into the mid-60s by the end of the game. Winds will be very light out of the west.
If you're headed to the game at Jones AT&T Stadium, check in to view stadium maps, seating layouts and more:
Tech Gameday Central
| Sooner Gameday Central
| Special Uniforms
Remember, the Sooners will be sporting special uniforms from Nike for this game against Texas Tech. To learn more about the new look and materials which OU will have for this one game, check our release:
OU Selected to Showcase Latest Nike Technology
| Quick Scan of Headlines
Mike Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
: "DeMarco Murray is Oklahoma's most versatile offensive weapon and, along with receiver Ryan Broyles, is one of only two real threats to take it downtown on any given touch. "It's nice to see when you throw a 2-yard pass and they take it for 80," quarterback Landry Jones..."
Murray, Broyles Can Go Long - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From the Norman Transcript
: "The Red Raiders crushed Nebraska at Lincoln, have recent history on their side in Lubbock and beating OU, even a beaten-up OU, still means everything in the flatlands of the Texas Panhandle. Of course, nobody would be surprised to see the Sooners prevail. It's happened before and if the past..."
Offense Owes Defense in Lubbock - Norman Transcript
View complete headlines from OU beat writers, Texas Tech sources and national college football writers from Saturday morning:
Boomer Bytes: Latest Headlines
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