Oklahoma Sooners get big test in the passing game

Red Raiders more balanced but aerial attack is still the focus

Tulsa version 2.0?

Or maybe it’s ultimately Baylor or TCU Lite.

It didn’t quite look it last week in a near-upset at the hands of lowly Kansas, but the Texas Tech  offense has the ability to put up points in a hurry. The Red Raiders have scored at least 30 points in every Big 12 Conference game this season and are averaging nearly 46 points per game in league play.

Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) has the second-best passing offense in the country – seven spots better than Tulsa and almost 30 yards more per game than TCU.

Behind now full-time starter Patrick Mahomes, who has passed for more than 300 yards in nine of the last ten games, the Red Raiders pose the toughest test to Oklahoma's secondary thus far this season – even counting Tulsa.

Last week against Kansas, a game that kicked off at 11 a.m., is more of an aberration than a growing trend.

"We just didn't come to play, that's all it was," running back DeAndre Washington said of the 30-20 victory.

Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield knows the Red Raiders pretty well, but so does Bob Stoops. Oklahoma has won three straight against Texas Tech but lost at home in 2011. From 2005 to 2012, the two teams traded victories with the home team always winning – outside of the final two seasons when the home field rotation swapped.

This year will be in Norman, where Texas Tech has won just twice in the series history.

Albeit against Kansas, but Texas Tech proved to be a more well-rounded football team. The Red Raiders, who knocked off Arkansas in the non-conference season to give the Big 12 its second victory over the SEC, leaned on their defense and more than 200 yards on the ground to stave off the Kansas rally.
“I'm proud of the defense,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I thought they kept bailing us out. Offensively, that's all on me as a coach, not having them ready to go.”

It’ll be Texas Tech’s passing game that will be the main focus for Oklahoma, which has the ninth-best passing defense in the country after having nearly the worst last season.

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