Sooners Win Another Wild One At Texas Tech

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Oklahoma's football team rallied from a slow start to beat Texas Tech 51-46 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday night.

Kyler Murray overcame two early interceptions to have another big game, accounting for 460 total yards and four touchdowns.

Trey Sermon had a career high 206 yards rushing on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Tech has capitalized on a pair of Kyler Murray interceptions, while quarterback Alan Bowman has completed 21 of 26 passes before an incident at halftime forced his departure.

After stopping Texas Tech on the opening possession, Oklahoma started their first possession on their own 4-yard line, and Kyler Murray was intercepted by Vaughnte Dorsey, who returned it 17 yards to the Sooners' 3-yard line.

Two plays later, Alan Bowman zipped a pass over the middle to T.J. Vasher for a 6-yard touchdown to put Texas Tech on top 7-0 with 10:30 to play in the first quarter.

OU's next possession ended the same way, with Murray being picked off again by Dorsey, who returned it 31 yards to the OU 25-yard line.

Tech converted the turnover into points again, with Jett Duffey coming in to play quarterback, and throwing a screen pass to Ta'Zhawn Henry, who scored from 14 yards out to make it 14-0 Red Raiders with 6:59 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma finally got their offense going on the next possession, with Murray throwing to Lee Morris for a 16-yard touchdown to cut Tech's lead in half, 14-7 with 4:11 to play in the first quarter.

The extra point by Austin Seibert was his 275th, breaking the NCAA FBS record for career extra points.

Tech opened the second quarter with Clayton Hatfield kicking a 43-yard field goal, which clanged in off the left upright to give the Red Raiders a 17-7 lead with 14:03 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma then went 75 yards in six plays, with Murray picking up 31 yards on the first play of the drive, then finishing it with a 12-yard touchdown run to cut Tech's lead to 17-14 with 12:17 to play in the second quarter.

Murray had 100 yards rushing on 11 carries.

It took the Red Raiders just 42 seconds to answer, as Bowman threw to Da'Leon Ward, who zipped 45 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive in 3 plays, giving Tech a 24-14 lead with 11:35 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma responded with an eight-play, 83-yard drive, with Trey Sermon gaining 28 yards on a run to the Tech 5, then scoring on the next play on a run to cut the Red Raiders' lead to 24-21 with 8:53 to play in the second quarter.

OU forced a Tech punt, which was downed at the one-yard line.

Oklahoma then marched 99 yards in 7 plays to take the lead.

Murray went deep to Marquise Brown for a gain of 46 yards, and the drive ended with Murray throwing to Carson Meier for a 5-yard touchdown to put OU on top 28-24 with 4:22 to play in the second quarter.

Texas Tech came right back, with a 75-yard drive in 9 plays, with Da'Leon Ward scoring from a yard out to put the Red Raiders up 31-28 with 56 seconds left in the first half.

Tech quarterback Alan Bowman stopped warming up during halftime, apparently in some distress and returned to the lockerroom before the second half started.

Bowman did not return, completing 21 of 26 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

The two teams exchanged punts to start the second half, then OU regained the lead.

Murray went deep to Morris for a 46-yard touchdown to cap a 69-yard, four-play drive, and the Sooners led 35-31 with 12:05 to play in the third quarter.

Murray was 20-for-35 passing for 360 yards and three scores.

Morris had four catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

OU's next drive ended with a punt after CeeDee Lamb received two 15-yard penalties on one play, backing the Sooners out of field goal range.

Early in the 4th quarter, Hatfield kicked a 26-yard field goal to draw Tech within one at 35-34 with 14:43 to play.

The Sooners responded with a 75-yard drive in 8 plays, with Sermon scoring from 20 yards out to extend OU's lead to 42-34 with 11:54 to play.

Texas Tech marched 75 yards in 12 plays to respond, with Jett Duffey passing to Zach Austin for a 4-yard touchdown on 4th and goal, and the Red Raiders trailed by just two, 42-40 with 6:54 left.

The Red Raiders went for two points to tie it but on a flanker pass, Seth Collins was intercepted by Robert Barnes, who returned it the length of the field for two points for the Sooners and it was 44-40.

Oklahoma then went 75 yards in 7 plays, with Sermon scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run to extend OU's lead to 51-40 with 2:51 to play.

Tech wasn't done yet, with Duffey sneaking in from a yard out with 1:05 to play to cut Oklahoma's lead to 51-46.

The two point conversion pass was broken up by Robert Barnes.

Texas Tech's onside kick was unsuccessful, as Tech was offside and the ball didn't go 10 yards.

OU finished with 683 total yards, but had 10 penalties for 113 yards.

The Sooners won their 19th straight true road game and improved to 8-1 on the season, 5-1 in Big 12 play.

Next up OU hosts Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game next Saturday in Norman.








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