Texas Tech Upsets Oklahoma in Norman: TBT


One could say that Texas Tech football is a destroyer of dreams (and not just their own).

When Texas Tech traveled to Norman, Oklahoma in 2011, they were coming off back-to-back losses from Texas A&M and Kansas State. Oklahoma on the other hand, was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the nation and looking to win a national championship. Tech was a four touchdown underdog, but that night in Norman they proved they could hang with the big dogs.

The first quarter started quick. Quarterback Seth Doege was on fire the second he stepped on the field. Doege went four plays for 54 yards on Tech’s first possession. Doege connected with Alex Torres for a Red Raider touchdown. OU answered right back. OU went three plays for a touchdown.

The second quarter is where Tech really got into their rhythm. Doege showed great leadership and experience in this game. On their first possession in the second quarter, Tech went 10 plays for 78 yards and Doege scored a touchdown on a broken play. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones’ next pass was complete, but Tech’s D.J. Johnson stripped the ball from OU and Tech recovered the ball. Tech drove the ball 80 yards down the field and Doege connected with Torres for another touchdown. The Red Raiders were up 24-7 going into half time.

OU did not gain a single yard on their first possession of the second half and punted. Tech received the ball and went four plays for 72 yards and Torres scored his third touchdown of the night for the Red Raiders. The score was 31-7 and it looked like Tech was going to run away with the win, but of course, Coach Bob Stoops was not going to give up that easily. OU scored a touchdown and field goal to make the score 31-17 at the end of the third quarter.

OU scored a touchdown to open the fourth quarter bringing them within one touchdown. Next, Tech scored a field goal and a touchdown. Tech was up 41-24 with 7:38 minutes left in the game. OU then proceeded to make their comeback. Jones connected to Jaz Reynolds for a 55 yard touchdown. Tech could not get the ball moving and punted. OU got the ball at the Tech 45 yard line and drove the ball down 34 plays but could not score. OU attempted a 28 yard field goal but missed. Tech punted again and OU scored another touchdown bringing the score to 41-38 with a little over one minute left to play.

OU kicked an onside kick in hope of having the comeback of the year, but Tech did not let that happen. Tech recovered the kick and kneeled the ball to end the game. The final score was 41-38. Doege had an exceptional game. He was 33 of 52 for 441 yards and threw for four touchdowns. Enjoy the highlights below!

Tech destroyed a dream that night in Norman. The Red Raiders snapped OU’s 39 home-game winning streak dating back to 2005 and shattered OU’s hopes of winning a national championship.

This weekend, OU does not have a nation championship on the line, but Tech will try to spoil their season and bring redemption back to Raiderland.