LUBBOCK, Texas — Aaron Colvin felt like he had to make a big play against Texas Tech.
And he did just that when he leaped into the air and snagged his first-career interception during Oklahoma's 41-20 defeat of Texas Tech.
The interception was more than just a stopping of momentum for the Red Raiders, more than a good defensive read, more than a three-star corner making a play. It was revenge.
Colvin called the game a must-win. And he wasn't talking about the Sooners possibly starting 0-2 in conference play.
It was more about hearing Oklahoma fans ask what had happened to the Sooners' defense.
It was about disrespect from what Texas Tech did to Oklahoma in 2011.
“We pride ourselves on playing hard every play, and not letting the same result happen that happened last year,” Colvin said. “We got kind of disrespected in our own house.”
After Saturday night's victory, Colvin ranks third in total tackles for the Sooners this season. He's one of two with interceptions along with Javon Harris and he's the first this season invited into a post-game press conference to sit side-by-side with quarterback Landry Jones. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops called him “special” and “a real player."
“He's one of the best corners I've coached,” Stoops said. “I believe in the long run from now through whenever he leaves, he's going to show that.”
Colvin's performance wasn't the only good part of Oklahoma's defensive performance against the Red Raiders. The Soonder blitzed and blitzed, recording two quarterback hurries, two interceptions and two sacks. Defensive captain David King was pleased with the control they had of play, other than the opening drive and when their “twos” came in and gave up a touchdown. Bob Stoops called the defense's play effective.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops called it complete.
“Our players knew what we had to do, and you can tell we had a different edge and attitude,” Mike Stoops said. “That comes back to a year ago, when we let our guard down and didn't play nearly well enough to be a team that's as good as Texas Tech.”
“We always want to build on momentum,” Colvin said. “This was a stepping stone.”
Next stone to step on: the Texas Longhorns.