Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 10 games of the Big 12 college football season?
Oklahoma 51, Texas Tech 46
What Happened: Defense was optional as the two teams traded big offensive plays back and forth all game long, highlighted by three touchdown passes from Kyler Murray along with a 12-yard scoring dash.
Alan Bowman threw two first half touchdown passes, and Da’Leon Ward scored twice on the way to a 31-28 Texas Tech halftime lead, but Bowman was out for the rest of the game. Jett Duffey stepped in and kept the Red Raiders alive, but the game turned after a four-yard touchdown pass to Zach Austin to pull within two with just under seven minutes to play.
Down 42-40, Texas Tech tried a trick play to tie it up, but Seth Collins’ pass was picked off by by Robert Barnes, who returned it for two points for the Sooners. Trey Sermon put OU up 51-40 on a 30-yard dash with just under three minutes to play. Duffey ran for a late touchdown, but the Red Raiders couldn’t get the onside kick.
What Mattered: Murray completed 20-of-35 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns and two picks, and ran 11 times for 100 yards and a score. Sermon ripped off 206 yards and three touchdowns. Lee Morris led OU with 101 yards and two scores on four catches.
– Antoine Wesley went off for the Red Raiders, catching 12 passes for 199 yards. Bowman was sharp, completing 21-of-26 passes for 227 yards and two scores in a half, and Duffey finished completing 9-of-17 passes for 139 yards and two scores, and running 13 times for 47 yards and a score.
What It All Means: Oklahoma might have been shaky, but it keeps rolling along with its third straight win going into the Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma State. Win that, beat Kansas, and the West Virginia game in Morgantown will be the big test before the Big 12 Championship – assuming the Sooners beat the Mountaineers.
– The Red Raiders still need their sixth win to become bowl eligible. They get Texas next for the final home game, then they go to Kansas State, then deal with Baylor – who’s fighting for a bowl slot of its own – in Arlington.
NEXT: TCU 14, Kansas State 13