OU film review: Tech first half

Too many big plays to mention so we start with just the first half of OU and Texas Tech for the film review.

With so many plays to dissect from Oklahoma's 38-30 win against Texas Tech, splitting up film review into first half and second half. Let's start with the first half.

Play No. 1: Colvin Island reappears

It hasn't been a down season for OU senior cornerback Aaron Colvin, but it hasn't been the lights out performances many were expecting.

Colvin made his name in this one, though. After a questionable personal foul penalty kept the Tech drive alive early in the first quarter, the Red Raiders wanted to take advantage.

But Tech quarterback Davis Webb's throw was off and nobody could catch it except Colvin who made a diving grab near the end zone.

OU didn't convert the turnover into points, but it kept Tech at bay until OU's offense was able to turn it around in the second quarter.

Play No. 2: Kenny Wiliams with a touchdown…pass

Tech didn't come to Norman just happy to be there. First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury brought so many wrinkles to the game and so many that worked.

It started in the first quarter when running back Kenny Williams took the handoff and stretched it wide before rising up to find a wide open Eric Ward for a three-yard touchdown.

OU coaches were livid at redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez for leaving Ward to chase Williams, but who could blame him really?

It gave Tech a 7-0 lead and was a sign of things to come.

Play No. 3: Bell finds Saunders for 20 yards

A season-altering drive? Maybe. A game-altering drive, for sure. Still 7-0 Tech when somehow a Tech punt bounced at the one yard line and didn't go into the end zone, called dead at the three.

OU quarterback Blake Bell started the drive with a horrendous rollout where he drifted back as he has done so much in the last few weeks. No zip on the ball, incomplete.

A three-yard Bell run set up third-and-seven from the six. Bell found wide receiver Jalen Saunders for 20 yards across the middle for a pivotal first down.

Bell and Saunders would connect four times on the drive, including a 15-yard touchdown. The drive was 16 plays, 97 yards in 7:36. The longest drive of the season in all categories for the Sooners.

Play No. 4: Amaro fumbles

Tech didn't try to find top target Jace Amaro for most of the first quarter, but Amaro was starting to become a big part of the offense in the second quarter.

Facing a third-and-three from the OU 41, Davis Webb found Amaro for a first down completion. In fighting for more yards, OU's Quentin Hayes and Charles Tapper stripped the ball loose. It was recovered by Colvin.

"I've never fumbled in my life," Amaro said. "I fumbled for the first time in the biggest game I've ever played."

OU quickly converted the turnover for seven points on the next play.

Play No. 5: Bell-to-Saunders again

This was that very next play. Not playing conservative, OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel dialed up a big one. For the last few weeks, it has been Sterling Shepard OU has sent for the deep routes.

This time OU went with Saunders, and boy did it ever work. Bell threw the best pass he has thrown all season, catching Saunders in stride for a 76-yard touchdown to give OU a 14-7 lead.

"We need to get some chunks, and it did spark us to get some big plays and to get a chunk like that is a huge play in the game," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "It's a great throw by Blake and a great job by Jalen running it down and making that play."

Can go 16 plays for 97 yards or one play for 76 yards. They all count the same.

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