A win over the Sooners would give Texas Tech its first Big 12 South title and a spot in the conference-title game against Missouri. Not to mention Tech would move one step closer to the BCS Championship Game. If the Red Raiders lost, they'd have to root for Oklahoma State to beat the Sooners the following weekend. Texas Tech faced a similar scenario in '02 when it went to Oklahoma with a shot at winning the division but lost 60-15.
To secure that elusive Big 12 title-game berth, Texas Tech will have to do something it hasn't done this season: win a big game on the road. Tech did beat then No. 19 Kansas by 42 in Lawrence, but the Red Raiders are 1-6 in Norman, where Oklahoma hasn't lost in 23 games.
"I don't know that last year has anything to do with it," Stoops said. "We're not anything on talk about revenge or any of that kind of thing. That would be to disrespect them."
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"It's frustrating to turn on the tape and see I wasn't out there to finish the game with my teammates," Bradford told
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Harrell, the national leader in passing yards (4,077) has put up mammoth numbers in the last four games, throwing for 1,766 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions on 154-of-201 passing. Bradford, who has been lost in the Heisman shuffle, is second in passing efficiency (188.9) and has put up impressive numbers in the last four outings, going 90-for-145 for 1,374 yards, 15 scores and a pick. Crabtree, who faces an uphill battle in the race, has 78 receptions for 1,010 yards and 18 TDs.
Another big game in a win would all but clinch the award for Harrell, while Bradford could vault to the top spot if he can upstage the Red Raiders' contender.
"[You have to have] patience. They do enough different things, but they execute a non-complex game plan and force you into being mistake-free down the field and then they capitalize on people that are impatient or make mistakes. They're very talented, too, but they're good at what they do and they don't step outside that. They don't try to be different from week-to-week. They're consistent and that allows their players to play really hard.
"They have a lot of depth up front on their defensive line and they are athletic. Because they aren't complex it allows them to play with a number of different players and be confident in what they do. [Defensive coordinator
"Any defense will give up big plays at a certain time, but [the keys are] being patient and getting down the field and using ball-control, especially with their offense. I think that would be key -- to be able to control the football and the time of possession -- because they're so explosive on offense."