There are several positives to take away from this game. For starters, you saw a first year head coach and his team go into a stadium that is known for being hostile and not once did I think Tech backed down from the Sooners. Even after falling behind 21-7 they regained their composure and kept fighting. The Red Raider offense ended up with 460 yards and only 3 penalties, led by Davis Webb with 385 passing yards and Jace Amaro and Eric Ward who both had over 100 yards receiving.
Secondly, Texas Tech showed that they have more weapons in the arsenal than they’ve shown all year. Tech started off it’s scoring with a 3 yard touchdown pass from Kenny Williams to Eric Ward. Kenny took the handoff and faked the run to the left before dumping it over everyones heads to a wide open Ward in the back of the end zone. The Red Raiders also used an onsides kick to get the ball back after scoring, and that possession would lead to a touchdown and a 24-21 lead.
All of this happened against the nations 9th ranked defense, and the only other defense ranked anywhere close to the Sooners that the Red Raiders will have to face is Baylors.
Texas Tech were finally done in by turnovers. All season long, the Red Raiders have flirted with disaster by allowing teams to stay in games they shouldn’t by giving up turnovers. This cost the Red Raiders Saturday as Oklahoma had 3 takeaways that led to 14 points for the Sooners. It’s hard enough to go into a hostile environment such as Oklahoma’s and face a top 15 team without giving them extra possessions. These turnovers are going to be the difference in blowing out teams you should win against and losing games you could win, and it’s critical that the Red Raiders stop the turnover bug here before it gets any worse.
This one goes out to our friends over in the Oklahoma media department, who on Friday had a front page article titled “Overrated” with a full page picture of Kliff Kingsbury, and who after the game were classy enough to snap a picture of Bob Stoops and Kliff Kingsbury with the caption ” Winning looks better”, referring to the “Our coach is hotter than your coach” phrase being shot around town. This tweet was later deleted ( I assume because they realize how it made them look ridiculously childish). It was a hard fought game on both sides, in an excellent gameday atmosphere, but it seems a bit immature to have to take shots at opposing coaches after you’ve won the game.