The game was billed as a high-tech showdown of 21st-century offenses. But OU's 65-21 rout of Texas Tech was won mostly in the trenches. The Sooners rushed for 299 yards, including 226 yards in the first half and a wishbone-like 149 yards in the second quarter alone.
Meanwhile, OU's defensive interior pressured Tech quarterback Graham Harrell all night. The game's pivotal sequence came late in the first quarter, with Tech trailing 7-0 but on OU's 36-yard line. Back-to-back sacks by Sooner tackles Adrian Taylor and Gerald McCoy prompted a Tech punt, and the Sooners scored five second-quarter touchdowns. Bob Stoops mentioned his front four — Taylor, McCoy and ends Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander — and said, “Great job, just harassing, pressuring, making him throw the ball before he was ready to.”