Worst losses of the Bob Stoops era: No. 3, Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38 (2011)
When: Oct. 22, 2011
Where: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Oklahoman headline: WRECKED
Why it’s on the list: Oklahoma’s 39-game home winning streak was snapped in stunning fashion last season, when Texas Tech came to town and, for the most part, utterly dominated the Sooners. OU managed to make things interesting by the end of the game, but the door slammed on all comeback hopes when, after a touchdown pass to make the score 41-38 with 1:10 left, Texas Tech recovered an onside kick. Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns. Several key defensive players — cornerback Jamell Fleming, defensive tackle Casey Walker and linebacker Tom Wort — missed the game, but it was Fleming’s absense that seemed the most apparent. The Red Raiders picked on his replacement, Gabe Lynn, for much of the night. Making this loss seem even worse in retrospect, though, was how poorly Texas Tech finished its 2011 season. The Red Raiders lost at home, 41-7, to Iowa State the next week to begin a five-game losing streak to wrap up the year. It was only OU’s third home loss of the Bob Stoops’ era.
Here is Berry Tramel’s blog from the game:
Raiders outclassed, outcoached Sooners
NORMAN — Just before the scheduled kickoff and a few minutes after sundown, with monstrous clouds surrounding Owen Field, a pocket of the eastern sky lit up with a yellow light.
Looked like the kind of opening you’d expect for the voice of the archangel and the trump of God. Armageddon’s advent would have been no less shocking than what we saw Saturday night on Owen Field.
The Sooners’ national championship hopes? Gone. The Sooners’ home invincibility? Gone. A Bedlam battle of unbeatens? Gone.
Texas Tech, thought to be toothless without Mike Leach, dominated every facet of the game, thrashing the third-ranked Sooners 41- 38 in an upset that shook college football 2011 and sent fans from Boise, Idaho, to Clemson, S.C., dancing into the streets.
The Sooners were outclassed and outcoached in the first half, then played desperate in the second half. Sometimes desperate works. Mostly not. And this didn’t.
The final margin was misleading. Only twice in the final 38 minutes did OU get within one possession of catching Tech.
* Landry Jones’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard on the first play of the fourth quarter made it 31-24. Tech responded with a field goal and touchdown on its next two drives to make it 41-24.
* Jones’ 22-yard TD pass to James Hanna with 1:10 left made it 41- 38, but Tech recovered the onside kick.
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