Oklahoma beats Texas Tech 38-30 to hand the Red Raiders their first loss in 2013

Sunday October 27th, 2013

Jalen Saunders 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.

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