Two years ago in Texas Tech's upset win over the Sooners, the Red Raiders continually went after cornerback Gabe Lynn, who was filling in for an injured Jamell Fleming.
In Saturday night's 38-30 Oklahoma win, Lynn, now playing safety, came up with several big plays.
The biggest came early in the fourth, when Lynn picked off Davis Webb's tipped pass, setting up the score that put the Sooners up 35-24.
The interception was Lynn's third of the season (and career).
He finished with a career-high nine tackles — seven solo — to lead the Sooners.
The interception was one of two by the Sooners in the game. Aaron Colvin had the other.
DEFENSE SOLID AGAINST THE RUN
Since losing linebacker Corey Nelson and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to injury over the past few weeks, the Sooners have struggled against the run.
After giving up an average of 220 rushing yards over the last two weeks, the Sooners held Tech to 72 yards on the ground.
It was the third time this season Oklahoma has held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing.
“I thought we limited the run game the whole night,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “And we should've played it even better. I didn't think our tackling was particularly good at times but I thought we were in control of the run game the whole night, never really bothered us.”
Texas Tech didn't have a drive that lasted longer than 3:51 while the Sooners had three drives that lasted longer than five minutes.
SOONERS HANDLE DELAY
Two years ago, the Sooners didn't handle a 94-minute rain delay particularly well, coming out flat while Texas Tech pulled off the upset.
While the Sooners got off to a slow start offensively Saturday, overall they reacted better to the 76-minute delay.
“We talked about it early in the week and we talked about it Thursday,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.
Wide receiver Jalen Saunders said he spent the delay working out and staying prepared.
Stoops praised school officials for deciding to clear the stadium and delay the game well before the storms moved in. The move happened before the teams took the field for warmups, then the teams were given 75 minutes to warm up prior to kickoff.
“They got word to us soon enough that since there's lightning around, there's no sense in going out there for 10 minutes and have to do it again,” Stoops said. “Having us sit ahead of that was really wise by everyone involved in that decision. We went out and did our thing once it was time to go.”
LINEBACKER INJURIES CONTINUE
After losing Nelson for the season in the win over TCU, the Sooners' injury problems at linebacker continued Saturday night when Frank Shannon was knocked out in the first quarter and did not return.
Shannon was replaced by freshman Jordan Evans, the second true freshman thrust into significant minutes at linebacker due to injury. Dominique Alexander has replaced Nelson in the lineup.
Evans finished with eight tackles in the game after entering with four over the first seven games.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he wasn't sure of Shannon's status moving forward, but defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he anticipated Shannon being back.
STOOPS TAKES A SHOT
Midway through the first quarter, Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker reached up and tipped a pass from Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb.
The pass fell incomplete but because of Striker's deflection, it looked like it might've been a lateral live ball instead.
When officials blew the play dead and Bob Stoops took a couple steps onto the field, Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin scooped up the ball and took off — sending Stoops to the ground.
“I didn't go all the way down,” Stoops said. “Did you see me spin off?
“My right knee is hurt but not from that. I buckled another time, that old football injury, not having that anterior cruciate in my knee right now, I'm having some episodes where it's moving on me.”
LATE GAMBLE CONSIDERED
After eating up nearly six minutes of clock while up five late in the fourth, Oklahoma faced a fourth-and-two with just more than a minute left from the Texas Tech 14 after Brennan Clay was stopped for no gain on third down.
Michael Hunnicutt's 37-yard field goal put the Sooners up eight but Bob Stoops said afterwards that if Clay had gained a yard, he likely would've gone for it on fourth down.
“If it was fourth and a yard or less, I probably would've gone for it to finish the game,” Stoops said. “It was fourth and two and we had just run a play that hardly got anything. I knew they'd have to get a touchdown, plus we had already stopped a two-point conversion.”
REYNOLDS OUT, FRANKS TO OFFENSE.
Sooners wide receiver Jaz Reynolds did not dress for the game.
In his place, Trey Franks, who switched to defensive back after redshirting last year while suspended, moved back onto the offensive side at least for the game. Franks primarily played special teams while Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard started at wide receiver as the Sooners started in a double-tight formation.
While Reynolds was out, defensive tackle Torrea Peterson, who was suspended last week for the game at Kansas, returned to action.
‘OVERRATED' GETS BIG REACTION
The Oklahoman's pregame coverage of the game got plenty of attention from Texas Tech fans and beyond.
The cover of the Saturday sports section, with a big picture of Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and an “OVERRATED” headline, apparently also caused a bit of a stir among the Red Raiders' team.
Copies of the section were made available to the Red Raiders at their team breakfast and at least one media outlet reported copies of the section were placed in the locker of Tech's players before the game.
Bob Stoops moved to within one win of tying Barry Switzer for the school record of 157 wins. … The Sooners are now 60-1 under Stoops when rushing for 200-plus yards. … Oklahoma's 277 rushing yards and 526 total yards were both season highs by a Texas Tech opponent. … Sterling Shepard became the 31st player in school history with 1,000 receiving yards. Shepard had five catches for 43 yards and now has 78 catches for 1,012 yards in his career. … The sell-out was the Sooners' 91st consecutive. … Jed Barnett's first punt went for a career-high 56 yards. … Geneo Grissom picked up the first sack of his career.