Sooners Roll Past Red Raiders in Big 12 Opener, Win 900th Game

Oklahoma's football team got another outstanding performance from quarterback Jalen Hurts and routed Texas Tech 55-16 at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday, getting the 900th win in program history.

Hurts finished 17-for-24 for 415 yards passing and three touchdowns, and rushed for 70 yards on 9 carries and one touchdown.

OU racked up 644 total yards and held Tech to just 314.

After holding Texas Tech to three downs and a punt to open the game, the Sooners drove 65 yards in five plays, highlighted by a 48-yard pass from Jalen Hurts to Charleston Rambo.

Trey Sermon scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put OU up 7-0 with 11:27 to play.

The Oklahoma defense forced another punt after just three downs, and the Sooner offense scored again, going 95 yards in 8 plays.

After an offensive pass interference call, the Sooners faced 3rd and 17 and overcame it, with Hurts throwing deep to Rambo for a gain of 74 yards to theĀ  Texas Tech 15-yard line.

Rambo had 122 yards receiving on his only two catches of the game.

It set up a Hurts one-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 Oklahoma with 5:14 to play in the first quarter.

OU forced a third straight three-and-out by the Tech offense, and replied with a 34-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic, who was attempting his first career field goal and was on in place of Calum Sutherland, who was arrested last Saturday for public intoxication.

The field goal made it 17-0 Sooners with 48 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Texas Tech not only got their initial first down on their next possession, they scored, going 75 yards in eight plays, capping the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run by Armand Shyne to cut OU's lead to 17-7 with 11:44 to play in the second quarter.

It took the Sooners just one play to answer, with Hurts finding CeeDee Lamb over the middle at midfield.

He turned, and sprinted to the left sideline and scored on a 71-yard touchdown reception to make it 24-7 with 11:23 to play in the second quarter.

Texas Tech faced a fourth down and one at their own 34-yard line and lined up to punt, but faked it on a direct snap to Jaylon Hutchings, and the big guy rumbled for six yards and a Tech first down.

SaRodorick Thompson gained 58 yards on a run to the OU 2-yard line.

It appeared Tech scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jett Duffy to T.J. Vasher, but on replay review the call was reversed and the Red Raiders settled for a 24-yard field goal from Trey Wolff to cut the OU lead to 24-10 with 6:33 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma responded by overcoming a 3rd and 24.

First a 14-yard run by Trey Sermon, then on 4th and 11, Hurts passed to Jeremiah Hall for a gain of 23 yards.

That set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Hurts to Lamb to make it 31-10 Sooners with 2:09 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma got the ball back and was able to get a 33-yard field goal from Brkic as time expired in the first half and OU led 34-10.

It took OU just two plays to score to start the second half, with Hurts passing to Lamb, who broke away for a 65-yard touchdown to make it 41-10 Sooners with 14:13 to play in the third quarter.

Lamb had 7 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma's next possession resulted in the first interception of the season by Hurts, as he overthrew Nick Basquine, who tipped the ball into the hands of Douglas Coleman, who returned it 39 yards to the Tech 48-yard line.

The Red Raiders had to settle for a 36-yard field goal by Wolff to cut the OU lead to 41-13 with 7:49 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma responded with an 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive, with Trey Sermon scoring on a 32-yard touchdown run to make it 48-13 with 5:00 to play in the third quarter.

Sermon had 76 yards rushing on 7 carries.

Tech answered with a 40-yard field goal from Wolff to cut the Sooner lead to 48-16 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.

Hurts was replaced by Tanner Mordecai late in the third quarter.

After three straight punts, Tech turned it over when Neville Gallimore stripped the ball from Duffy and DaShaun White recovered at the Tech 41-yard line.

OU converted the turnover into a touchdown on a 28-yard run by Rhamondre Stevenson to make it 55-16 Sooners with 8:18 to play.

Oklahoma and Texas Tech were both playing their Big 12 opener.

The Sooners have won eight in a row over the Red Raiders and four in a row in Norman.

The win was OU's largest victory margin over Tech since winning 65-21 in 2008 and is the third largest over the Red Raiders in the Big 12 era.

Oklahoma improves to 4-0 on the season and will visit Kansas next Saturday for an 11:00 am kickoff in Lawrence.

 

 

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