Red Raiders fall to #1 Oklahoma

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-4) couldn't find a way to overcome the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners (12-0, 8-0). Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons' 230 yards was enough to give Symons an NCAA record for passing yards in a season, but it wasn't enough for the win as the Red Raiders fell by a score of 56-25.

The Red Raiders scored first following a three and out by the Oklahoma offense. Texas Tech drove the ball 32 yards to set up a 31 yard field goal by Keith Toogood. the field goal gave the Red Raiders their only lead of the game.

Oklahoma answered quickly by driving 80 yards for a touchdown. Jason White found Travis Wilson for a 28-yard touchdown pass to give the Sooners a 7-3 lead.

Oklahoma drove 49 yards after an interception to score another touchdown and take a 14-3 lead. White found Clayton for a 14-yard touchdown pass to finish the drive.

Texas Tech fought their way back into the game with 5:43 left in the second half by driving 84 yards. The drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Symons to Wes Welker to close the gap to 14-10.

Oklahoma scored two touchdowns late in the half to take a 35-10 halftime lead. Both touchdowns followed interceptions thrown by Symons on the first play of the drive.

Oklahoma extended their lead midway through the third quarter following another Symons interception. Kejuan Jones finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 42-10 lead.

The Red Raiders answered that score with a score of their owns. After driving 80 yards, Johnnie Mack scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 42-18.

Texas Tech kept their rhythm, this time driving 39-yards for another touchdown. Taurean Henderson rushed 1-yard for the touchdown, closing the gap to 42-25.

Oklahoma added two late touchdowns to make the final score 56-25.

Player of the Game
Jason White

Team Analysis

QB – B.J. Symons did become the NCAA record holder for passing yardage and total yardage in a single season with 5336 and 5464 yards respectively, but he certainly didn't want it to happen this way. Symons completed 31 of 53 passes (58.5%) for 230 yards, 1 touchdown, and 5 interceptions. The 5 interceptions made a tough Oklahoma team impossible to beat. The worst part was that 3 of the interceptions came on the first play of the drive, shutting down the Red Raider offense before it could get started. Symons did play well for the most part, moving the ba l at will at some points in the game, but the interceptions cost the Red Raiders the game.

RB – The running backs continued their streak of good games. Taurean Henderson rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, while Jonnie Mack rushed 5 times for 36 yards. Both backs scored a touchdown in the second half. Henderson did a good job establishing the run, which allowed the passing game to have some success against a great defense.

WR – The receivers didn't play a great game either. A number of drops in the first half stalled the Texas Tech offense. The receivers were unable to find any open spaces deep, thanks in part to Oklahoma's proficiency at playing zone defense. This group may not have had a great game, but considering the opponent, they played a good game.

OL – The Texas Tech line faced what may be the best defensive line in the nation, and handled them just fine. This line played one of their best games of the season, unfortunately it wasn't enough to beat the Sooners.

DL – The defensive line is the only unit that might have played better than the offensive line. Led by Addell Duckett, the defensive line had 3 sacks and 6 tackles for loss in the game. Their efforts showed up mostly in the run game, where the Red Raiders allowed just 7 rushing yards in the first half. The good news is three quarters of the defensive line returns next season.

LB – The linebackers spent a lot of the game blitzing, which seemed to fit their strengths. John Saldi played well early on, and Geremy Woods did a good job replacing a nicked up Brock Stratton in the middle. Their performance in pass coverage wasn't great, so overall it was just an average performance.

DBMark Clayton might be the best receiver in the Big Twelve, and he managed to expose the Texas Tech secondary today. The defense did face a tough task because of the aggressive game plan, which often left the corners in man coverage on the Sooner receivers. There were some nice plays from this unit, and Josh Rangel played good when Ryan Aycock went down with an injury early in the game, but overall the performance wasn't where it needs to be if Texas Tech is going to beat teams like Oklahoma.

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