The Oklahoma Sooners had to fight for every inch, but they were able to pick up a big 38-30 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Norman on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET start, but a lightning delay pushed the start time back to nearly 5 p.m.
That delay may have contributed to the sluggish start, as the game remained punchless and scoreless until near the end of the first quarter, when Texas Tech got on the board first via tricky halfback pass from Kenny Williams to Eric Ward. They didn't have that lead for long though, as two Blake Bell touchdown passes to Jalen Saunders, including a 76 yard bomb, made it a 14-7 game at halftime.
The Sooners would open it up even further after the half after Damien Williams scored from three yards out, but the Red Raiders were up to the challenge. Davis Webb threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ward and to Jakeem Grant, which gave them a 24-21 lead, but that wouldn't be enough. The Sooners took the lead for good on this absurd jet sweet reverse by Lacoltan Bester, and didn't look back.
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The Red Raiders were able to make it a one-score game at 35-30 on Kenny Williams' touchdown run with about six minutes left, but their two-point attempt that would've made it a three-point game didn't work. Oklahoma's ensuing drive ate the clock down to 1:17, and a field goal pushed the lead to 38-30, which would be the final margin.
Then the Sooners had a little fun with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury's fashionable image:
Winning looks better pic.twitter.com/Q4ZnbfaDhR— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 27, 2013
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Blake Bell efficiently pulled the strings for the Oklahoma offense, but Jalen Saunders probably had the gaudiest stat line of the day. He caught six passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and was the Sooners' most explosive threat all day.
Honorable mention goes to the Texas Tech receiving trio of Jace Amaro, Eric Ward, and Jakeem Grant, all of whom went over 100 yards on the day.
Texas Tech entered the game 10th in the BCS standings, and Oklahoma came in at 15th. Those rankings will more than likely flip, or close to it.
But Did They Cover?
Oklahoma was a seven-point favorite at kickoff, so they just barely covered the spread.
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Next Week's Schedule:
Oklahoma: 11/7, at Baylor
Texas Tech: 11/2, vs. Oklahoma State