Texas Tech falls 41-20 to No. 17 Oklahoma

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Seth Doege's three interceptions in a 41-20 loss to No. 17 Oklahoma on Saturday matched the number he had coming into the game.

Doege was throwing off his back foot all game as the Sooners' defensive line gave him fits.

"Seth hadn't played his best the last two games," Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Seth's a guy who will battle back. He's made a lot of plays for us and we have all the confidence in the world in him."

Doege was not made available to reporters after the game.

Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Doege played well in the first half.

"In the third quarter he didn't execute well," Brown said.

Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and had three interceptions for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1).

Texas Tech, which had its lowest point total of the season against OU, hosts host No. 8 West Virginia next week before going on the road to play No. 15 TCU and No. 7 Kansas State. Then the Red Raiders return home against No. 11 Texas.

"We've got to bounce back and play better," Brown said of the upcoming schedule. "We got to perform better than we did today."

Landry Jones passed for two touchdowns, Blake Bell ran for two more and as the Sooners avenged a home loss to the Red Raiders last season.

The win was crucial for Oklahoma to remain in the conversation for the Big 12 title.

Both of Jones' touchdown passes went for 13 yards — one each to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out in typical Belldozer fashion.

Javon Harris put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter when he returned an interception 46 yards for a TD to put the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) up 38-13.

The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The win was sweet for the Sooners, who lost 41-38 to the Red Raiders last season — a defeat that broke Oklahoma's 39-game win streak in Norman.

It was the first time the Sooners won in Lubbock since 2003.

It also upped the Sooners' record to 19-0 in games following a loss going back to 2004. They lost two weeks ago at home 24-19 to Kansas State. OU also avoided having back-to-back Big 12 losses under coach Bob Stoops.

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