NORMAN, Oklahoma – It started out as a promising night for Texas Tech, but that would not last long, as they will take a 49-27 loss home to Lubbock.
After a quarter, the Red Raiders and their prolific offense had put up plenty of highlights. Thanks to drives of 75, 82 and 69 yards, Texas Tech (4-4, 1-4) was leading the No. 10 Sooners 20-14.
Up to this point, the Red Raiders had converted all four of their third down attempts and looked as innovative as ever. The Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) defense was concerning for Sooner fans and things looked to be going Tech’s way.
But former Red Raider himself Baker Mayfield wasn’t going to let that stick for long. Mayfield and his Sooners continued to stab away at the Red Raider defense. While doing so, something finally clicked for the Crimson & Cream defense.
In five second quarter drives, the Texas Tech offense punted the ball four times and threw one interception. During these drives, it also managed to take its fourth down conversion percentage from 100 to 44 percent.
The Sooners would take a 28-20 lead into half, a 14-point swing. The vengeance that be Baker Mayfield hadn’t yet begun, though.
The third quarter began with a big completion to freshman CeeDee Lamb, and a few plays later were in the red zone. After Sooners running back Rodney Anderson missed out on the end zone by inches, they called for No. 6. Mayfield punched it in for a 35-20 lead.
Tech would answer quickly, though, with quarterback Nic Shimonek completing a long pass to TJ Vasher on the sideline. Then, on a play action pass, he hit Cameron Batson hard. So hard, the ball bounced off of him, thankfully for the Red Raiders, he was able to control the bobble. Texas Tech wasn’t done yet.
Well, That Happened
Fast-forward six total drives and two Texas Tech punts and the Sooners had a 42-27 lead. Just before the fourth quarter, Shimonek and the Red Raiders were seemingly finding their footing again.
Shimonek led his team down to the goal line, but the Sooners defense stiffened up once more, stopping Texas Tech on fourth down.
To end the game, the Red Raiders last eight drives ended in six punts, an interception and one touchdown. As the Sooners will face Oklahoma State last week, the four-win Red Raiders will start to become desperate to find their fifth and sixth wins.
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