LUBBOCK, Texas — Oklahoma didn’t turn green, but it did have a Hulk-like performance on Saturday. A two-week rage that had been building after a stunning home loss to Kansas State and an 11-month long fury over a stunning home loss to Texas Tech brought an angry team to Jones AT&T Stadium.
The result was a 41-20 OU victory that was unlike anything it had shown in the first three games of the season.
“I think we had so much backed up into us from last year as a team. We were coming off a loss and this was a must-win,” OU safety Tony Jefferson said about what fueled OU to its most impressive performance through the first four games.
Everything clicked from the moment the toe met the leather.
OU scored touchdowns on five of its first seven offensive possessions and ran roughshod in a venue it had not won at since 2003.
Quarterback Landry Jones threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns, backup quarterback Blake Bell rushed for a pair of touchdowns and safety Javon Harris returned the last of OU’s three interceptions 46 yards for a touchdown.
The Sooners (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) looked like a different team than the one that was stunned by Kansas State two weeks or appeared sluggish in its first two games.
Jones shouldered much of the criticism for the slow start to the season. He deflected the credit on Saturday.
“I thought we played a good game and came out there and played the way we are capable of playing,” he said. “I thought the offensive line really did a good job, especially in the run game, getting some movement, and that kind of loosened everything up for the pass game.”
Jones completed passes to seven different receivers and five of them had at least 26 receiving yards. Running back Damien Williams led the way with six catches for 82 yards to go along with 48 yards on the ground.