Texas Tech-OU: No. 5 Sooners Wreck No. 2 Red Raiders

Andrew GloverCorrespondent INovember 22, 2008

The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners defense shut down the No. 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders’ offense and scored 35 points in the second quarter in a 65-21 rout.

The Red Raiders (10-1), who had over 100 yards rushing in their previous 10 games, were held to 45 yards on 22 carries. Baron Batch was the leading rusher with eight carries for 47 yards. Graham Harrell was sacked four times for (-38) yards.

Detron Lewis was the leading receiver for Tech with five receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown. Michael Crabtree’s streak of 13 games with five receptions and a touchdown ended tonight. Crabtree had six receptions for 62 yards, his lowest since the Sept. 20 game against Massachusetts.

Harrell completed 33 passes out of 55, for 361 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Harrell threw his first interception since the game against Texas A&M. The 361 yards was Harrell’s lowest passing total since the Nebraska game Oct. 11.

The 65 points was the most the Red Raiders have ever given up in a game. The 44-point loss was Tech’s largest margin of defeat since losing at Oklahoma 60-15 in 2002. Tech also beat Texas 42-38 in that same season.

The Sooners (10-1) create a three-way tie in the Big XII South. In addition, the Sooners put up 60 or more points for the second consecutive game.

Sam Bradford boosted his case for the Heisman, completing 14 passes out of 19, for 304, and four touchdown passes. Joey Halzle played the last drive for the Sooners and completed three of four passes for 22 yards.

DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown once again was a tough tandem for the opposing team. Murray gained 125 yards on 18 carries, and two touchdowns. Brown had 108 yards on 18 carries, and three touchdowns.

Jermaine Gresham led the Sooners in receiving with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. Murray along with his rushing yards (125) had four receptions for 71 yards. Manuel Johnson caught a 66-yard touchdown pass, Juaquin Iglesias caught a 28-yard touchdown pass and Ryan Broyles caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.

The Red Raiders got the ball first in the game. Lyle Leong picked up a first down on 10-yard reception, but the Sooners defense did not allow any more. Tech only gained one more yard and had to punt.

Murray led the Sooners on their opening drive, gaining 48 yards on five carries, which was more than the Red Raiders got the whole game. The drive ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Murray giving the Sooners a 7-0 lead.

The Red Raiders shot themselves in the foot early on their second possession. They picked up a delay of game penalty and a false start penalty to put Tech at a first down and twenty on their own 27. Nevertheless, Harrell completed a 14-yard pass to Crabtree and picked up the first on a nine-yard pass to Tramain Swindall. Once again, Tech’s drive would stall.

The Red Raiders, who averaged 47.9 points per game, never got into a rhythm. Tech was one-for-13 on third down conversions, and they led the nation in that category entering the game. Tech was forced to punt on all three possessions in the first half.

Tech punter Jonathan LaCour who did not punt in the Red Raiders’ victory over Oklahoma State, and has only punted six times in the last four games, punted four times this week.

After the Sooners had to punt on their second possession, Oklahoma’s offense would score on seven straight possessions. Brown had three rushing touchdowns. Bradford threw touchdown passes to Iglesias and Gresham. Kicker Jimmy Stevens kicked a 33 yard field goal which gave the Sooners a 45-7 lead 11:11 left in third quarter.

The Red Raiders could still win the Big XII South with a win against Baylor (3-8) and Oklahoma State (9-2) beats Oklahoma.

Texas (10-1) could win the South, if they beat Texas A&M (3-8), Tech loses to Baylor and Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State.

If Tech, Texas and Oklahoma all win next week, then the team that is ranked higher in the BCS will win the South and face Missouri (9-2) who won the Big XII North.


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