Sooners Win Offensive Showcase on Record-Setting Night in Lubbock
In the first game Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has played in Lubbock since transferring from Texas Tech, the Sooners beat the Red Raiders 66-59 in a record-breaking night at Jones Stadium.
The two teams combined for an NCAA record 1,708 total yards, with each team gaining 854 total yards.
They combined for 74 first downs, with Tech picking up 42 and OU 32.
Tech set a Big 12 record with 734 passing yards, all from Patrick Mahomes, who was 52 for 88 passing with five touchdowns.
Mahomes’ individual passing yards tied a major college record, and his total yards of 819 broke the major college record.
Mahomes’ 88 pass attempts and the 52 pass completions both set new conference marks.
Oklahoma set several marks as well, becoming the first major college team ever to have a 500-yard passer, 200-yard rusher, and 200-yard receiver in the same game.
Mayfield was 27 of 36 for 545 yards, the second most in OU history, and he broke the school record with 7 touchdown passes.
Joe Mixon rushed for a career high 263 yards, the sixth most in Sooner history, on 31 carries, with 2 touchdowns.
He also caught four passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns.
Mixon’s total yards were 377 with five touchdowns.
Dede Westbrook had 9 catches for 202 yards and two scores.
The statistic that may have made the biggest difference in the game was OU did not commit a turnover, while Tech had two.
Mayfield led OU to a touchdown on their opening possession, finding Joe Mixon wide open for a 56-yard touchdown pass.
Austin Seibert missed the extra point and it was 6-0 Sooners with 13:23 to play in the first quarter.
Texas Tech turned the ball over on their first possession, with Emmanuel Beal knocking the ball away from Jonathan Giles, and Jordan Evans recovering the loose ball at the OU 38-yard line.
It took the Sooners just three plays to score, as Mayfield went deep again, this time to Dede Westbrook for a 49-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0 Oklahoma with 11:28 to play in the first quarter.
Tech responded by marching 84 yards in 12 plays, with Da’Leon Ward scoring on a four-yard run to cut the Sooners lead to 13-7 with 7:23 to play in the first quarter.
After forcing a Sooner punt, Tech marched to a 37-yard field goal from Clayton Hatfield to make it 13-10 Oklahoma.
Early in the second quarter, Joe Mixon broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown run to extend the Sooners’ lead to 20-10 with 13:31 to play in the first half.
Texas Tech answered with a 75-yard drive in 14 plays, with Patrick Mahomes keeping on an 11-yard touchdown run to cut OU’s lead to 20-17 with 9:06 to play in the first half.
Oklahoma responded with several big plays that led to a field goal.
Mixon ran for 26 yards, Mayfield passed to Andrews for 15 and Westbrook ran for 16 on a reverse.
It set up a 23-yard field goal by Seibert to make it 23-17 Sooners with 6:14 to play in the second quarter.
Tech was marching to what would have been the go-ahead score, but Steven Parker intercepted Mahomes at the OU 2-yard line.
Oklahoma could not capitalize, however, as on 4th and 1 from the Tech 20, Mixon was stopped short of the first down line.
The Red Raiders then went back the other way and took the lead, as Mahomes passed to Jonathan Giles, who made a great catch just off the ground for a 23-yard touchdown and Tech’s first lead, 24-23 with 37 seconds left in the first half.
Oklahoma wasn’t about to take a knee, though, and two big plays got the Sooners back on top.
First, Mayfield threw deep to Westbrook for a gain of 52, then passed to Nick Basquine for a 23-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma back in the lead at 30-24 with 17 seconds to play in the first half.
After stopping Tech to start the second half, OU added to the lead when Mayfield found Westbrook over the middle for a 23-yard touchdown to extend the Sooner lead to 37-24 with 11:51 to play in the third quarter.
Tech responded, with Mahomes throwing to Reggie Davis for a 32-yard touchdown to cut OU’s lead to 37-31 with 9:33 to play in the third.
Oklahoma came right back, with Mayfield throwing to Mixon, who snagged a pass one-handed down the right sideline and scored from 43 yards out to make it 44-31 Oklahoma with 7:59 to play in the third quarter.
The Red Raiders responded with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Giles and it was a one-score game again, 44-38 with 4:10 left in the third.
Giles had 10 catches for 167 yards.
Oklahoma kept the pace up, with Mayfield throwing his sixth touchdown pass, a 34-yarder to Dimitri Flowers to extend OU’s lead back to 13 at 51-38 witih 1:36 left in the third quarter.
The touchdowns kept coming, as Mahomes kept for a 22-yard touchdown on the next possession and it was 51-45 Sooners with 12:57 left to play.
OU’s ensuing possession produced a record, as Mayfield threw his seventh touchdown pass on a 15-yarder to Mixon.
Oklahoma went for two points and Mayfield threw to Westbrook for the conversion and a 59-45 lead with 9:15 to play.
Texas Tech scored a touchdown on their fourth straight possession when Mahomes went deep to Keke Coutee for a 56-yard touchdown and the Sooner lead was back to seven, 59-52, with 7:56 to play.
Coutee had 10 catches for 172 yards.
OU’s touchdown streak extended to six in a row when Mixon scored on a 42-yard touchdown to make it 66-52 with 5:03 to play.
The Sooners made Tech work a little bit, but the Red Raiders still scored, with Mahomes passing to former Millwood star Cameron Batson for a 3-yard touchdown, cutting the OU lead to 66-59 with 1:38 to play.
Oklahoma recovered the on-side kick and ran out the clock to win the game, which took more than 4 hours and 15 minutes to play.
OU has won five in a row in the series against Texas Tech.
The Sooners improve to 5-2 on the season, 4-0 in the Big 12.
Tech drops to 3-4 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
Oklahoma will host Kansas next Saturday at 6:00 at Owen Field.