Oklahoma Sooners lean on ground game in 63-27 victory against Red Raiders

Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine each rush for more than 100 yards in win.

Oklahoma found its run game for at least a day Saturday as running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon both rushed for more than 150 yards as the Sooners beat Texas Tech for the fourth-straight time, 63-27.

Two running backs eclipsed the century mark for the second time since 2008, and Oklahoma, which scored at least 38 points against the Red Raiders for the sixth-straight season, rushed for a season-high 405 yards.

Perine finished with 201 yards and four touchdowns, and Mixon had 154 yards and two scores to help lead Oklahoma to back-to-back 50-point outbursts for the first time since 2012, the last time Oklahoma scored at least 63 points.

No. 17 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) took advantage of Texas Tech’s run defense, which was one of the worst in the country and the worst in the Big 12 Conference. 

With Perine and Mixon carrying the load on offense, the Sooners defense slowed one of the best offenses in the country.

Texas Tech (5-3, 2-3) came into the game averaging 49.4 points per game – third in the nation – and posting the second-best passing offense in the country. The Sooners’ defense forced three interceptions in the first half after Red Raiders’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes had thrown just six interceptions through the first seven games.

Texas Tech finished with just 253 passing yards (174 yards below its average) and 436 total yards of offense, and Oklahoma did it without top cornerback Zack Sanchez, who was injured on the first play from scrimmage.

Oklahoma took an 18-point lead after its first touchdown drive of the second half, capped by Mark Andrews’ fifth touchdown of the season. The Sooners never led by less than 15 points the rest of the game.

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