West Texas Massacre, Red Raiders Put Sooners In Unfamiliar Spot


Mike Leach became Texas Tech's all-time winningest football coach in convincing fashion with a 41-13 drubbing of Oklahoma. While there's certainly no joy in losses at least we could have hung our hats on the fact that in the previous losses Oklahoma was only a play or two away from actually winning. That most definitely wasn't the case Saturday morning in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders had their way with the Sooners on both sides of the ball in what could end up being the most embarrassing loss of the Bob Stoops era. The Red Raiders abused Oklahoma's defense to the tune of 41 points and 549 yards of offense. What had been an excellent defense all season was picked apart and run over. Taylor Potts had plenty of time to find open receivers as Tech's offensive line held Sooner defenders at bay. Taylor Potts threw for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns against the OU defense but that wasn't the most demoralizing thing that happened to the defense. No, that part came in the form of rushing yards. Tech ran for 161 yards on 35 carries with Stephens and Batch averaging 5.8 and 5.4 yards per carry respectively.

We knew that the OU offense would likely struggle but who would have thought that the rushing game would be non-existent and that the kicking game would have been the only part of the offense that would have worked properly. Landry Jones wasn't necessarily bad but he certainly wasn't great. He completed 51.4 percent of his passes for 262 yards with a touchdown and a pick. I don't really fault him much for the completion percentage because drops were once again in abundance and protection was once again poor. I still can't figure out why DeMarco Murray only had 11 touches for the game but maybe his 2.0 yards per carry and 3.5 yards per reception averages had something to do with it.

You have to go back to the John Blake years to find an Oklahoma team getting worked like that by an unranked opponent. There isn't much more that we can add in commentary that hasn't already been said other than we need to give Tech some credit. We may not like the fact that the Sooners haven't won there since 2003, or how they've lost, but you have to appreciate the dominance the Red Raiders have shown over OU on their home field. It just won't take away the embarrassment and disappointment of a completely abysmal performance.

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