OU film review: Tech second half

Part II of this week's film review, examining the big plays in the second half of OU's win against Texas Tech.

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 conclude with the second half.

Play No. 1: The Williams drive

OU came out in the second half looking to be physical, and the Sooners looked to senior running back Damien Williams to lead the way.

Williams was everywhere on the first drive, rushing for 72 yards on seven attempts as OU went 86 yards in 11 plays.

The one that stood out was a 32-yard carry to set up a first-and-goal. Williams would take it into the end zone on the next play.

The passing game had indeed set up the running attack for the final 30 minutes.

Play No. 2: Ward comes up big

Owen Field was rocking. OU was rolling with a 21-7 lead. Tech needed an answer and got one in a hurry. Tech quarterback Davis Webb pump faked, making redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez hesitate just a bit, and Webb was there to pounce finding Eric Ward for a 45-yard completion.

Three plays later Webb found Ward from 23 yards out for a touchdown and let the world know the Red Raiders would not go quietly into that good night.

Play No. 3: Tech recovers onside kick

It happened again. For the second straight home game, the OU special teams were caught napping on a kickoff.

Tech had narrowed the gap to 21-17 when coach Kliff Kingsbury ordered another beauty of a call with an onside kick. The Sooners had no idea it was coming, and Tech easily recovered.

"Our guys executed perfectly," Kingsbury said. "I thought we had a chance with the wet ball, maybe it would kind of slip out somewhere."

Webb threw his second touchdown pass of the quarter three plays later and Tech was back in front 24-21.

Play No. 4: Bester passes, no, runs for touchdown

What else can be said about this play? OU had first-and-10 at the Tech 35 when the Sooners got LaColtan Bester involved in the offense again.

Quarterback Blake Bell handed the ball to Jalen Saunders, who then gave it to Bester. It was clear Bester was looking for Bell down the sideline.

Tech had it covered so Bester pulled it down, reversed field, picked up some great blocking and went 35 yards for the score. Whew, take a breath.

"Jalen Saunders had a great block on that play to spring it," OU coach Bob Stoops said.

Play No. 5: Lynn with the turnover

The OU defense failed to get a stop in the third quarter, but senior safety Gabe Lynn put a halt to that in the fourth quarter.

Nursing a 28-24 lead, Lynn recorded OU's second interception of the day on a tipped pass off the hands of the receiver and then off of Lynn as well before he snagged it down.

"I dropped that one last week so I wasn't going to let this one get away from me, too," Lynn said.

The Sooners would capitalize going 58 yards on seven plays resulting in another Williams touchdown run and a 35-24 lead.

Play No. 6: Millard tears ACL

It has always been a thing for Stoops to have his best players on his special teams' unit. This time it backfired. OU fullback Trey Millard wasn't even involved in the tackle on the play but had his leg rolled up on him during a kickoff return for Tech.

Everybody knew it wasn't good with how long he was down and how Millard needed help to get to the sideline. OU confirmed after the game it is a torn ACL for Millard who will miss the rest of the season.

In a season full of big losses, this is the biggest of them all for OU.

Play No. 7: Bell connects with Shepard

Nothing ever felt over in this game. OU had a 35-30 lead with 3:50 left in the game and faced a third-and-eight from the Tech 45.

Bell needed to make one more throw, and he did. A lot of credit is due to Sterling Shepard, who made a dazzling acrobatic 12-yard catch to continue the drive.

OU took over with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter. Following a field goal, Tech took over with 1:17 left and no timeouts. Again, the Sooners closed strong as has been the case throughout this season.


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