There really is no place like home for the Oklahoma Sooners.
One week after a disappointing loss on the road to the Texas A&M Aggies, Oklahoma once again looked like a championship caliber team on their home field, routing the Texas Tech Red Raiders 45-7.
The mystery continues between the Sooners' ability to dominate at home and their woeful performances on the road. It seems that this is one mystery that we may never solve.
However, with two road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State to close the season, it's a mystery that needs to be solved now.
A quick breakdown of all the major units on Senior Day in Norman.
Everything was clicking for the Sooners offensively on Saturday. The Sooners rolled up 562 yards on the day, 246 on the ground and 316 through the air.
The running game, which had been pretty nonexistent in the past few weeks was clicking nicely, averaging over five yards a carry. No one clipped the 100 yard mark, but DeMarco Murray, Mossis Madu, and Roy Finch all eclipsed 67 yards with Finch scoring his first college touchdown on a sensational 29 yard run in the first quarter where he broke four tackles on his way to the end zone.
Landry Jones continued his unbelievably efficient streak at home, finishing 22-29 with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Jones was poised in the pocket and spread the ball around nicely to his receivers and also looked great evading pressure and making throws on the run.
Ryan Broyles' eight catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns set all sorts of records in the OU record book. Broyles passed the great Mark Clayton in both the career receptions and career touchdowns department. He also broke his own record for receptions in a season. Note: there are still at least three games left in the Sooners' season.
The efficiency of the offense was phenomenal. All of the Sooner scoring drives took less than two and a half minutes.
Defensively, the Sooners had a pretty good day overall. The first drive of the game, Texas Tech made some big plays down the field and answered the Sooners opening touchdown.
That was about the only highlight for the Texas Tech offense on the day.
The defense held Texas Tech to 326 yards on the day, including only 144 through the air. Texas Tech ran for more yards than they threw. I feel that it's been quite some time since that happened.
The secondary performed great once again. This is quickly becoming a strength for this Sooners defense which is a big surprise seeing as this is the greenest and youngest unit on the team. They picked off two more passes against Tech giving them four in the last two games.
The only bad part about the defensive performance were missed tackles that resulted in some big plays for the Red Raiders. Every person who ran the ball for Tech had a run of more than 10 yards. There were also some big plays given up through the air, but mainly on the ground.
Fairness of Life: F
Senior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor had to be carted off the field in the second quarter after he ruptured his Achilles tendon, ending his season and career.
This is absolutely devastating for Taylor who suffered a gruesome ankle injury on his other ankle in the Sooners' Sun Bowl victory in December.
It's also a tough blow to the Sooners' defensive line which has already been playing without Casey Walker since the Cincinnati game. Bob Stoops said that Walker should be good to go for this weeks' game against Baylor, but the question remains of how effective will he be.
It's always hard to see a player's season end, but for Taylor, it was exceptionally hard to watch. The funny and personable senior worked so hard to come back from his other ankle injury and to see him leave his career on the field during Senior Day and his last game ever at Owen Field was just painful to experience.
The Sooners now take to the road to take on the Baylor Bears, a team reeling from two consecutive losses to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
The Bears will be looking to rebound and finish their season with a huge win at home. Baylor has never beaten Oklahoma in football.
Baylor offensively poses several problems for the Sooners that Oklahoma will have to focus on this week in practice. Hopefully the Sooners can solve their road issues this week in Waco.
They're going to have to because they won't hit Owen Field again until next September.