Hybl, defense lead Sooners past Texas Tech

Oklahoma's defensive lineman Kory Klein (93) celebrates his interception that set up a field goal gainst Texas Tech during the first quarter in Lubbock . Oklahoma won 30-13. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Oklahoma is one step closer to the Big 12 title game.

The Sooners (10-1, 6-1) took a major step toward setting up a rematch with top-ranked Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game with their 30-13 win over Texas Tech (6-4, 4-4) Saturday in Lubbock.

Junior quarterback Nate Hybl threw for three touchdown passes and 274 yards through the air, while Oklahoma's defense put the clamps on the Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury.

The Oklahoma defense, once again led by sensational safety Roy Williams, was dominant holding the Red Raiders to just nine first downs and 170 yards below their season average.

Kingsbury, who fumbled once and was intercepted twice, was held to a season-low 234 yards passing. Oklahoma also dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 40 minutes and 27 seconds, to the Red Raiders 19 minutes and 33 seconds.

Williams was all over the field, leading the Sooners with eight tackles, including one sack and several passes knocked down passes. Williams' deflected pass that led to a Kory Klein interception on the first drive of the game, was his 17th of the season and 38th of his career, both OU records.

After Hybl was intercepted in the end zone on the Sooners' opening drive of the second half, the Oklahoma defense quickly stuffed the Red Raiders giving the Sooner offense the ball on the 47-yard line.

With Oklahoma leading 13-10, Hybl led the Sooners down the field on an eight-play, 47-yard drive capped by his second touchdown pass of the day on an 8-yard score to Antwone Savage to extend the lead to 20-10 with 7:56 to go in the third quarter.

The Sooners then broke the game open midway through the fourth quarter taking advantage of a Kingsbury fumble when Hybl connected with Mark Clayton on a 48-yard catch and run to give Oklahoma a 27-10 lead.

Tech responded on their next drive when a 73-yard pass from Kingsbury to Oklahoma City native Wes Welker set up a 31-yard field goal to cut OU's lead to 27-13 at the 4:46 mark.

Oklahoma recovered the Red Raiders on-side kick attempt and sealed the game with a five-play, 33-yard drive capped by a Tim Duncan 30-yard field goal, his tenth consecutive successful field goal of the season.

Hybl, who also threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Toney in the second quarter, completed 33-of-50 passes and also rushed for 17 yards.

Junior running back Quentin Griffin led Oklahoma's ground attack with 71 yards on 14 carries. Josh Norman led the Sooners in receptions with 11 and Clayton had six catches for a game-high 103 receiving yards.

Oklahoma can officially clinch the South division championship and a berth in the Big 12 Championship game with a win over Oklahoma State next Saturday in Norman. The winner of the Nebraska-Colorado game next Friday in Boulder, will determine the North division champion.

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