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Throwback Thursday: Texas Tech Thumps Oklahoma in 2009


It was just the fifth victory in 17 meetings for Texas Tech over the Sooners, and the Red Raiders had never beaten Oklahoma by more than 10 points.

But on November 21, 2009, Taylor Potts threw for 388 yards and two touchdowns, Baron Batch ran for 136 yards and two scores, Alex Torres caught 11 passes for 163 yards and Tech beat Oklahoma 41-13 for their most lopsided win ever over the Sooners.

It was Mike Leach’s 83rd victory at Tech, making him the winningest Red Raider head coach ever.

The Sooners’ pass defense was giving up just 178 yards per game, but they couldn’t hold back  Tech’s  No. 2 ranked passing offense. Potts played his best game ever in a Red Raider uniform and absolutely torched the Sooner secondary.

Brandon Sharpe and the Red Raider defense never gave Oklahoma a chance to catch up. Sharpe entered the game second in the nation in sacks and added 2 1/2 more on his way to setting Tech’s single-season sack record with 15.

The margin was a surprising reversal from the 2008 result, when the Sooners crushed Tech 65-21 to end the Red Raiders’ national title hopes.

This time, with Tech comfortably ahead at the start of the fourth quarter, Red Raider fans and players began to jump up and down to House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” reciprocating what Sooner fans did at Memorial Stadium the year before.

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