Defensively, the Sooners intercepted three passes — although the first was fumbled by defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland. Entering the game, OU’s defense had one takeaway all season.
“I thought today we showed some toughness, and that’s probably what I’m the most pleased about,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
“It’s not about our talent; it’s about your toughness and your will to win every time you step on the field.”
Last season, OU lost at home to Texas Tech, 41-38, when quarterback Seth Doege picked the Sooner secondary apart with 441 yards and four touchdowns.
“They torched us last year at home, and we knew we had to come here to their house and do the same thing to them,” said junior safety Tony Jefferson.
Saturday, the OU defensive front got pressure on Doege, who had the three interceptions, was sacked twice and threw no touchdown passes.
“We came in here, and we weren’t gonna get punched around again,” Mike Stoops said.
After the Texas game next weekend, OU finishes the regular season with seven straight games — and no more weeks off — against teams like Notre Dame, Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
The race for the Big 12 Championship remains wide open, and the Sooners firmly inserted themselves back in it with Saturday’s rout.
“It just feels good to be back on a roll,” said junior receiver Kenny Stills. “Sometimes you get caught up in people trying to tell you to do that, and do this, and you’re listening to people from the outside. You’re just not having as much fun.
“We had a lot of fun, a lot of people got to touch the ball, the defense played well and we won the game.”