October 23, 2011

Notebook: Tech upsets OU

Texas Tech left Norman, Okla., with its biggest win since at least the 2008 Texas game Saturday and the Red Raider players and coaching staff were in good spirits after the 41-38 victory against No. 3 Oklahoma.

Tech snapped Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak at Memorial Stadium in Norman and Red Raider head coach Tommy Tuberville got his first win against a top five opponent since signing on with Tech.

"On a national level, you don't read too much about Texas Tech," Tuberville said after the game. "You haven't seen much about them on TV and I bet you will see it for the next few days and we will be proud of that. When you go on the road and beat a number one team, it is really special, almost impossible to do.

"You don't get to play a number one team very often. Tonight the ball bounced our way and we jumped out and took advantage of certain situations, and we were able to hold on there at the end."

The Red Raiders' fate in Norman was much different than it was a year ago. Tech had to play Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium two years in a row due to the Big 12 Conference's reformatted schedule. Tech lost the 2010 game 45-10, but Tuberville said he's coaching a much better team this season.

"When we came in last year, it was not much of a ball game," Tuberville said. "We have been thinking about that game and we are a much better team than we were last year. There are some areas where we are still way short on in terms of experience and speed but I thought the coaches did a good job of putting into perspective of what we could do."

Tech also avoided its first three-game losing streak since the 1990's in the win against Oklahoma.

Avoiding a three-game skid was Tech quarterback Seth Doege's primary goal.

"We lost two games that we felt we should've won," Doege said. "We knew we were a good football team and had confidence coming in. We also knew that Oklahoma was one of the top teams in the nation, so we had to play our best game to come out on top. We took advantage of some opportunities and came out with the win."

SHOOTOUT

Tech and Oklahoma combined for more than 1,000 offensive yards, more than 100 passing plays and nine touchdown passes in Saturday's game.

The Red Raiders outgained Oklahoma 572 yards to 536 yards.

Doege passed for 441 of the Red Raiders' yards and four touchdowns. Tuberville thought Tech matched up well with the Sooners through the air going into the game.

Wideout Alex Torres caught three of Doege's touchdown passes and finished the game with a team-high 94 yards.

"The thing we noticed about Oklahoma was that they had not seen a passing team all year," Tuberville said. "They have seen some teams that have run the ball and that is all. I told the ESPN guys yesterday in the hotel that if there was one guy that could get it done for us today it would be (Doege).

"He put the ball on the money and made good plays and good decisions. It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a game that we thought we had a good opportunity if we just stayed in it till the fourth quarter."

The Red Raiders also rushed for a combined 124 yards. DeAndre Washington led Tech with 84 yards on 16 carries while Aaron Crawford rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries.

Oklahoma's best running back, Dominique Whaley, sat out of the game with a stomach virus, but Roy Finch looked great carrying the ball. Finch had 98 yards of the Sooners' 124 total yards on the ground.

TECH FORCED SIX THREE-AND-OUTS

The Red Raider defense gave up some big plays and helped allow the Sooners to outscore Tech 31-17 in the second half, but did a great job in putting the Sooners in third down situations.

Oklahoma converted just five-of-17 third down attempts and punted the ball seven times -- six times on three-and-outs.

"We played well the entire game," Tuberville said. "We didn't play great and we gave up a couple of big plays which is discouraging, but they are a big play team. They know how to make plays and go deep. They have a quarterback that can get it done and they have some receivers that can get it done.

"I think the difference between the first half and the second half is how we played on third down on defense. We got our offense back on the field and gave us a chance to score more points by giving them more time on the field."

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