Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders
had 153 receiving yards and two TDs in Saturday's win over Texas Tech. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Trailing No. 17 Oklahoma 38-30 with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb readied for the snap at his own 25-yard line. Webb, along with fellow freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, had led Red Raiders to a surprising 7-0 start and a No. 10 ranking in coach Kliff Kingsbury's debut campaign. Now, Texas Tech needed to go 75 yards to keep its hopes for an unbeaten season alive.
Against a tough Sooners defense, and in front of a raucous crowd in Norman, it turns out that even one yard was too much for the Red Raiders to ask.
Oklahoma defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue sacked Webb for a 13-yard loss on first down, and Webb then threw three straight incompletions to seal the Sooners' 38-30 victory on Saturday. The sequence effectively ended what had been a back-and-forth game. Texas Tech led 24-21 late in the third quarter before Oklahoma wideout Lacoltan Bester and running back Damien Williams rushed for momentum-changing touchdowns that put the Sooners up 35-24. Red Raiders tailback Kenny Williams scored from one yard out with 7:13 left to play, but Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt's field goal, and the Sooners' last-minute defensive stand, sealed the victory.
Webb, one week after setting a Texas Tech freshman record with 462 passing yards in a victory over West Virginia, completed 33-of-53 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions. But Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell
got the better of him. Bell threw for 249 yards, rushed for 44 more and scored two touchdowns. Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders
had six catches for 153 yards and two scores.