Sooners Roll Past Tech As Defense Shows More Teeth


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Texas Tech came into Saturday's game against Oklahoma missing quarterback Alan Bowman and it showed, a lot. Tech's offense couldn't get much of anything going against OU's new defensive schemes. The Sooners jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, expanded to 34-10 at the half and never looked back.

Jalen Hurts threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 77 and another TD. OU totaled 644 yards, averaging 10.1 per play. Those huge numbers have become normal for this team, they've averaged at least 600 yards in every game this season, so the more impressive stat had to be the 314 yards gained by Texas Tech. In some previous games against the Red Raiders the Sooners have given up more than 300 yards in a half.

The Sooners defense has really been impressive on 3rd down plays. OU entered the game ranked seventh nationally by allowing opponents to convert just 24.7% of their third-down attempts. The Sooners held Texas Tech to a 1-of-14 mark Saturday (7.1%).

Jalen Hurts posted a passing efficiency rating of 249.0 against Texas Tech, his fourth mark higher than 245.0 this season. No other FBS player since at least 1996 has recorded more than two games of an efficiency rating of 245.0-plus (min. 18 attempts) in a season.

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