Jones Tosses Five TDs, Sooners Rout Tech 45-7

NORMAN, Okla. — And the Sooners did it again, winning their 36th straight home game and completing their fifth straight year without a home loss, as they defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 45-7 in front of 85,116 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"I was, of course, just overall pleased with, you know, just the overall performance of games that I have for 12 years call a clean game in that we played really sharp, took care of the football, executed really offensively, run and pass, you know, really well," Stoops said. "I thought we had excellent balance, had big plays again from, you know, the guys who continue to make them."

OU got on the board first when running back DeMarco Murray caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Landry Jones, capping off an 80-yard drive that spanned eight plays and 2:29.

But Tech quickly answered--it was their only score of the day--when wide receiver Detron Lewis threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Darrin Moore.

The Sooners reclaimed the lead at 10-7 on a 34-yard field goal by place kicker Jimmy Stevens.

After a quick three-and-out, OU ran three straight times, then torched the Red Raiders over the top for a 59-yard touchdown pass from Jones to wide receiver Kenny Stills to extend the lead to 17-7.

"One time we caught them in man-to-man blitz, so it wasn't like the run worked as much as it was an all-out blitz and we were taking a deep throw and Kenny Stills beat a guy," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "So, that wasn't like a [product of lulling them to sleep with the run]--that was just one guy beating a guy man-to-man."

That set the stage for another big defensive stand, this time on fourth-and-1 from the OU 43 yard line, where the Sooners batted a pass down.

OU used that momentum to convert a fourth-and-1 of its own and scored a play later when running back Roy Finch scored the first touchdown of his career, a 29-yard rushing TD.

Moments later, Jones found Broyles for a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-7, and the rout was on.

The two connected again right before the end of the first half, this time an 18-yard touchdown pass, and they would take a 38-7 lead into intermission.

And if some was good, more was better, as Jones hit Broyles again at the 5:53 mark in the third quarter, and 8-yard touchdown score that also put Broyles as the all-time leader in touchdown receptions at OU with 33.

"Ryan Broyles [was], again, just sensational with three TDs and breaking our touchdown record for receptions [and touchdown catches]," Stoops said.

At that point, it was 45-7.

That's where it would stay, after neither team would score from then on.

OU outgained Tech 562-326 and had 26 first downs to 15 for the Red Raiders.

Jones finished 23-of-31 for 316 yards and five touchdowns, and Broyles had eight of those receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sooners also had 246 yards on the ground, including 79 from Murray, along with a 72-yard and 67-yard performance from running backs Mossis Madu and Roy Finch, respectively.

"We were just executing a lot better this week," Jones said. "Last week we weren't able to run the ball as well as we did this week, and just throwing and catching with all the wide receivers, us being on the same page, so basically we just executed our offense a lot better this week."

Tech quarterback Taylor Potts was 18-for-36 with no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

The Sooners will now head to Baylor for a matchup in Waco, Texas, at 6 p.m. next Saturday.

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