LUBBOCK, Texas —
All the ground work was laid in OU’s opening drive. Jones completed passes to four different receivers and OU rushed for 37 yards.
“Just had a good balance between the run game and Landry pitching it. He pitched some bubbles and kind of opened the box a little bit,” center Gabe Ikard said. “I thought we had a really great plan, a really strong plan, going into this game.”
Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) had rolled over four straight — Northwestern State, Texas State, New Mexico and Iowa State — to start the season. Statistically, Tech walked onto the field leading the nation in total defense. The Sooners amassed 380 yards, but seemed to do whatever they wanted.
“They were fresh. They were quick. They were fast,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “A lot quicker than I thought they would be. They made plays, and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t get out of.”
The Sooners helped create it. The Red Raiders answered OU’s opening touchdown with Kenny Williams’ 7-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. They even grabbed a 10-7 lead on Ryan Bustin’s field goal early in the second quarter.
Momentum belonged to the Sooners the rest of the way.
Bell busted into the end zone to give OU the lead for good with 11 minutes left in the first half. Jones hit Kenny Stills for a 13-yard touchdown and Michael Hunnicutt added a 33-yard field goal in the first half’s final seconds.
The 24-13 halftime lead marked the first time OU had led at the midway point in Lubbock since 2003. Nothing changed in the second half. Another touchdown run by Bell and Harris’ interception put the game away.
The Sooners, who gave up 41 points to the Red Raiders last season at Owen Field, didn’t allow Texas Tech into the end zone again until there was less than a minute to play. By then, OU starters were resting on the bench. The chip the unit had firmly planted on its shoulder was still there.