The Norman Transcript

October 26, 2013

Sooners top Texas Tech

OU improves to 7-1 with victory

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma and Texas Tech had to wait an extra 75 minutes, but the delay was worth the wait Saturday at Owen Field. The 17th-ranked Sooners collected a 38-30 victory over the 10th-ranked Red Raiders in a game that featured 986 yards of total offense and 47 combined points in the second half.

The Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) twice rallied from deficits, trailing late in the third quarter. They took the lead for good on Lacoltan Bester’s 35 yard touchdown run with 33 seconds left in the third quarter and held off Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) the rest of the way.

Quarterback Blake Bell overcame a lackluster first quarter to throw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Six of those completions went to Jalen Saunders for 153 yards and both touchdowns.

Running back Damien Williams rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns. He was one of four Sooners to rush for at least 40 yards. The rushing gap was a huge factor in the game. OU rushed for 277 yards. Texas Tech was held to 72.

Texas Tech, which entered the game ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2008, relied on freshman quarterback Davis Webb for nearly everything. He threw for 385 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but also a pair of interceptions.