Oklahoma Dominates Texas Tech 60-15

In a game that decided the Big 12 South Champion, the Oklahoma Sooners (10-1, 6-1) defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-5, 5-3). Oklahoma scored early and often on their way to a 60-15 victory.

Oklahoma scored on their first drive, and never looked back. Following the opening kickoff, the Sooners drove 70 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Kejuan Jones to take the 7-0 lead.

After a stop by the Oklahoma defense, the Sooners would score again. Quentin Griffin had a 62-yard touchdown run to give the Sooners a 14-0 lead.

The Oklahoma defense sacked Kliff Kingsbury for a safety late in the 1st quarter to take a 16-0 lead.

In the 2nd quarter, Oklahoma would continue to build their lead. The sooners drove 59 yards for the score. Kejuan Jones scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard touchdown run, which extended the Oklahoma lead to 23-0.

The Oklahoma defense would score another safety in the final minute of the half because of a holding call in the endzone. The safety gave Oklahoma a 25-0 halftime lead.

In the 2nd half, the Sooners continued to dominate. Oklahoma scored 5 touchdowns in the second half to take a 60-15 victory.

The Red Raiders scored their two touchdowns in the second half. Vincent Meeks returned a kickoff 98 yards for Texas Tech's first touchdown. Kliff Kingsbury completed a touchdown pass to Carlos Francis on a flea flicker to score the Red Raiders' final touchdown.

Player of the Game
Quentin Griffin – Oklahoma

Team Analysis

QB – Kliff Kingsbury had a forgettable game in his final regular season game as a Red Raider. Kingsbury completed 15 of 35 passes for 187 yards and 1 touchdown. Kingsbury had 2 interceptions in the game. Kingsbury faced a lot of pressure for most of the game, and had several passes dropped by his receivers. Kingsbury will have a final chance to forget this loss when the Red Raiders play their bowl game.

RBTaurean Henderson had a tough game against the Sooners. His role in the offense was somewhat diminished when as Oklahoma built up a sizeable lead. When Henderson did touch the ball, he did gain good yardage. Henderson did touch the ball 10 times for 53 yards.

WR – Early in the game dropped passes stopped several drives. In a pass-oriented offense, the receivers must catch the ball. These drops contributed to Oklahoma's early lead. I'm not sure why a normally sure handed set of receivers suddenly started dropping passes. Some of the credit definitely has to go to the Oklahoma defense.

OL – This unit has played well all season with the exception of 2 other games. Now you can add the Oklahoma game to that list. The Oklahoma defense was able to apply pressure to Kingsbury most of the night. Kingsbury is a good quarterback, but even the best would have had a hard time in this game.

DL – The defensive line had one goal in this game, to stop the Oklahoma rushing attack. The results speak for themselves, Oklahoma had 61 rushes for 329 yards. No team will win if they give up 329 yards on the ground. This unit has to improve their run defense before next season.

LB – The linebackers were also supposed to stop the run. Missed tackles were probably the biggest problem. Getting to the running back isn't enough, the linebackers need to finish the job by making the tackle. Tackling should be the primary concern of the defensive coaching staff.

DB – The secondary actually had a decent game tonight. Nate Hybl only passes 127 yards, and Sailor had 2 interceptions. There were some missed tackles on running plays, but those runs need to be stopped before the back can get to the secondary.

Special Teams – The one bright spot on special teams was Vincent Meeks' 98-yard Kickoff return for a touchdown. After that it only gets worse. Punting was a problem all night. I don't mind kicking away from a good return man, but the punt needs to travel more than 30 yards. Clinton Greathouse averaged 24.4 yards per punt. That resulted in great Oklahoma field position every time Texas Tech punted. I also wonder about the pooch kicks on kickoffs. Why do it? If you're ggoing to give up that sort of field position, just kick the ball out of bounds so it can't be returned. The kicking game must improve next season, or it will hurt the Red Raiders in big games.


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