Welcome to the Big 12, coach Matt Wells. When we previewed this game, we thought it could get ugly. We were right. Texas Tech is a completely different team without Alan Bowman, but that’s not giving enough credit to an Oklahoma team that is finding a defense to pair with their offense.
If you take out the possession called short due to halftime, the Sooners put points on the board in their first six possessions. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was pulled in the second half, but not before putting up 413 yards through the air on 16 of 23 passing. He threw for three touchdowns, but Texas Tech was able to force Hurts’ first interception of the season off a deflected pass.
Hurts added another 70 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to help pad his Heisman resume. Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon helped round out a rush attack that put up over 200 yards on the day.
Receivers CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo also showed out against the Red Raiders. Lamb led in receptions with six for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Rambo hauled in just two catches, but he averaged 61 yards a catch.
The Texas Tech offense was a different story. Jett Duffey and Tyner Jackson struggled against the Sooner’s new “Speed D” and Kenneth Murray never let the quarterbacks get settled. Duffey completed just 11 of his 20 pass attempts for just 120 yards, and he was the better of the two quarterbacks. Wells said before the game that he would give the Rice transfer a few snaps, but things didn’t go any better. Jackson completed just one of his five passes.
We will have more on this game with the full recap and breakdown, but the quick take-a-way is that the Sooners have a scary good offense. Texas Tech, not so much.