Sooners Pull Away to Beat Texas Tech

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Oklahoma's football team beat Texas Tech 49-27 at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday night.

Both defenses started slowly, but OU's clamped down after the early part of the game to help the Sooners to a fairly easy Homecoming win.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns, plus ran for another to get his third straight win over his former team.

Texas Tech got the ball first and marched 75 yards in 15 plays, with Nic Shimonek passing in the back of the end zone to former Millwood star Cameron Batson for a 9-yard touchdown.

The extra point was no good and it was 6-0 Red Raiders with 8:41 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma answered with a 76-yard drive, this one in six plays, with Baker Mayfield passing to CeeDee Lamb over the middle for a 24-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 7-6 lead with 7:08 to play in the first quarter.

Lamb had nine catches for 147 yards.

Tech responded with a two-play drive, as Shimonek passed to Keke Coutee, who zipped 70 yards for a touchdown to put the Red Raiders up 13-7 with 6:35 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma had an answer with a 75-yard drive, in six plays, with Abdul Adams breaking off runs of 35 and 26 yards, the second run going to the Tech one, where Dimitri Flowers ran it in on the next play to give the Sooners a 14-13 lead with 4:31 to play in the first quarter.

The Red Raiders regained the lead on a 42-yard touchdown pass form Shimonek to  Dylan Cantrell down the left sideline, putting Tech back on top 20-14 with 2:41 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma finished their drive started in the first quarter by scoring early in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Marquise Brown, capping a 75-yard drive in 10 plays and putting the Sooners up 21-20 with 13:45 to play in the second quarter.

After both teams got defensive stops, OU's defense got the first turnover, as Caleb Kelly intercepted Shimonek on 4th and 5.

Oklahoma then capitalized, with Rodney Anderson scoring from five yards out to put the Sooners up 28-20 with 7:04 to go in the first half.

Anderson had 181 yards rushing on 24 carries and Oklahoma finished with 336 yards rushing as a team.

OU got the ball to start the second half and once again marched 75 yards to a touchdown.

Mayfield passed to Lamb for 28 yards, then capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 35-20 Sooners with 13:48 to play in the third quarter.

Tech responded with their own 75-yard drive, as Shimonek found Batson for a 9-yard touchdown to cut the OU lead to 35-27 with 12:10 to play in the third quarter.

Shimonek was 22 of 36 passing for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Sooners extended the lead when Mayfield passed to Mark Andrews for a 7-yard touchdown to cap a 67-yard drive and it was 42-27  Sooners with 10:24 to play in the third quarter.

Andrews had six catches for 79 yards.

After forcing Tech to punt, Oklahoma got the ball back, but Mayfield was intercepted on a deep pass by Justus Parker at the Tech 37-yard line.

The Red Raiders marched to OU's doorstep to try to convert the turnover into points, but the Sooners stuffed Desmond Nisby for a gain of just one on 4th and goal from the 2-yard line.

Oklahoma then ran out the final 11 plus minutes to take the win.

The Sooners improve to 7-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State for Bedlam next Saturday at 3:00 at Boone Pickens Stadium.







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