By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma leads Texas Tech 24-13 at halftime in Lubbock. Here are some thoughts, notes and stats:
-The best half of the season from OU’s offense. The Sooners were smooth and balanced, passing for 175 yards, running for 76 more and scoring 24 points on only five drives.
-Landry Jones has been getting ripped for two weeks, so it’s only fair to give him some deserved credit. He looked great in the first 30 minutes, throwing for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He had nice touch on the ball and, most importantly for the Sooners, didn’t make a single mistake.
-Six Sooners had multiple receptions in the first half. Two of them are true freshman. None of them are named Trey Metoyer. Jones has spread the ball around well, but Metoyer continues to be a mysterious non-factor. The true freshman, who may have been prematurely hyped, had zero catches in the first half. Fellow true freshmen Sterling Shepard (3 for 29) and Durron Neal (2 for 28) have been far more effective.
-We can officially call Damien Williams OU’s starting running back. As it should be. The powerful and elusive back got plenty of touches throughout the first 30 minutes, carrying it seven times for 22 yards and catching four passes for 48 yards (he’s OU’s leading receiver). Dom Whaley also slid nicely into his backup change of pace role, getting two carries for 22 yards.
-OU’s defense came in with only one takeaway (worst in the nation), but had two interceptions in the first half. Jamarkus McFarland got one and Aaron Colvin got the other.
-But McFarland’s pick didn’t turn out too well for the Sooners. After snagging a tipped Doege pass, McFarland staggered toward the end zone and fumbled it right back to Tech. The big man may have tried to do too much.
-Seth Doege (155 yards) and the Tech offense have moved the ball relatively well, but the Sooners have limited damage. All things considered, 13 points is a great halftime result.
-”We can’t let Landry Jones just sit back there and throw the football…no pressure right now” -Tommy Tuberville at halftime.
-”They can’t stop us! They can’t stop us!” -Kenny Stills on the sidelines after his second quarter touchdown.