During the nationally televised game, the Red Raiders built a 27-10 halftime lead over the #4 Oklahoma Sooners and held on for the 34-27 victory.
Tech went up 34-10 in the 3rd quarter behind the passing of junior quarterback Graham Harrell, but the Sooners never quit. Oklahoma scored a touchdown with 31 seconds left to cut the lead to 34-27, but were unable to recover the onside kick.
|Eric Morris dives into the endzone for a touchdown.|
Harrell had a few big comeback wins last season, but this win ranks at the top.
"It's got to be one of them," said Harrell. "This is probably the biggest win I've ever played in. It's a game we can build on, and hopefully we will do that, as a team, as a program, and for years to come."
The Red Raider Defense played tremendous in the first half and came up with a huge stop just before halftime to hold the Sooners to a field goal. Through 3 quarters, the defense held Oklahoma to a mere 176 yards of total offense before dropping back into a prevent defense.
"I think we played really well," said head coach Mike Leach. "Once Ruffin took over the defense, I can really only think of one bad outing we have had. I think the defensive coach has done a tremendous job."
Freshman sensation Michael Crabtree was unstoppable once again, reeling in 12 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, helping his case for the Biletnikoff Award given annually to the nation's top receiver.
"We did a good job executing on our plays," explained a smiling Crabtree. .We struggled in the 2nd half and I'm not too happy about that. We wanted to leave on something big and we went out there and played as hard as we could and came away with the W."
Texas Tech kicker Alex Trlica set the NCAA career record for extra points made with 227. He also holds the NCAA mark for career extra points without a miss.
|55,308 fans cheered the Red Raiders on to victory.|
The crowd of 55,308 fans, the 4th largest in Jones Stadium history, stormed the field after the game to celebrate with their team. During the post-game press conference, Mike Leach explained how he ended up with a special present on his head before he was able to exit the field.
"I need to make this announcement," said Leach. "I ended up with a cowboy hat on my head out there in the melee. Come to find out, it's a really nice cowboy hat. If anybody's missing a cowboy hat, call the football office and ask for Patty."
The Red Raiders will now play the waiting game as they wait to hear which bowl game they will be attending.