No. 17 Oklahoma upends Texas Tech 41-20

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wasn't surprised quarterback Landry Jones bounced back for the No. 17 Sooners after a loss two weeks ago.

"Landry's an excellent quarterback, and I thought just overall we had a good rhythm," Stoops said after Jones threw two touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. "Our receivers did a great job coming open, catching the ball."

Blake Bell ran for two scores to help the Sooners avenge a home loss to the Red Raiders last season.

Jones said the loss to Kansas State two weeks ago motivated him some.

"But you've just got to realize what kind of player you are and realize what you're capable of and kind of silence the outside and not really listen to what's going on around you," he said. "Just realize who you are and go out there and play the way you think you're capable of playing."

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. The one to Stills, in the second quarter, was the 100th career touchdown for Jones.

Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out.

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.

Stoops said running the ball helped set up some play-action passes for Jones.

"The line protected him," he said. "He slipped out of some things that helped, which some people questioned two weeks ago if that was a hindrance. And obviously, all through the year it's going to help him."

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

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

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.

"Defensively we played a better football team," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.

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