Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech: Sooners' Big Win a Major Boost of Confidence
After a tough loss last week, Landry Jones and Oklahoma are back on track after a big performance against Texas Tech.
Jones passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and the Sooners came out victorious with the impressive score of 41-20.
Before this game, the Red Raiders had kept all of their opponents to two touchdowns or less and they were No. 5 in the country in scoring defense. They were also No. 1 in total defense coming into this game.
Note the past tense.
Sure, Oklahoma has plenty of big games still on the schedule, including games against Texas, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Oklahoma State. This game against an unranked Texas Tech squad, however, is bigger than it may appear at first glance for a few reasons:
1. The Sooners haven't won a game in Lubbock since 2003. Texas Tech is a tough place to play after all.
2. Last season, the Red Raiders beat Oklahoma in Norman 41-38. That loss helped derail what might have been a championship season.
3. Jones appears to be back on track. It wasn't a Heisman-worthy performance, but it was a solid one with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jones really hasn't been the same since he lost his favorite target Ryan Broyles, so this kind of performance was critical for his confidence.
The Oklahoma defense can also pat itself on the back after picking up three interceptions on Texas Tech QB Seth Doege. Doege had thrown only three picks in his first four games of the season combined.
The Sooners now can prepare for the Red River Rivalry against Texas with a new spring in their step.
This game is the product of excellent coaching. It's all too easy for a coach to start losing a program after getting beat like Oklahoma did against Kansas State last week.
Bob Stoops and Oklahoma haven't lost back-to-back conference games since 2004.
So don't underestimate the impact of this win. Even though Oklahoma has plenty of ranked opponents still on the schedule, this win was key in keeping the Sooners in Big 12 contention.
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