Oklahoma held onto the ball for 18:34 of the second half, keeping Texas Tech's high-powered offense on the sideline.
“That was big-time for us tonight, especially against that great Texas Tech offense,” Bell said. “They spread it out and they can swing it all over the field. Obviously our defense did a great job of getting us stops when they needed to, but we felt as an offense, whenever we had the opportunity, there was a sense of urgency to move the ball down the field.”
Even after the Red Raiders kicked a field goal, recovered an onside kick and quickly scored a touchdown to take a 24-21 lead late in the third, Oklahoma's offense responded with a resilience it hasn't shown this season in high-pressure, adverse situations.
The Sooners retook the lead for good three minutes later, when senior receiver Lacoltan Bester improvised for a 35-yard touchdown run on a well-covered reverse pass.
“We're resilient,” said coach Bob Stoops. “We don't get down. Our guys kept positive, kept fighting, knew we were capable of making our plays.
“I've got to compliment our fans and student body and band. They jumped in when they were able to. That helps charge the players' energy. All of it together, we were able to make the plays to keep everybody charged up and steal momentum back when we needed to.”