Oklahoma football: Texas Tech has not needed hocus-pocus to beat Sooners

A few unusual moments aside, the Red Raiders have flat out whipped the Sooners in Lubbock.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 1, 2012

Longtime coach Spike Dykes announced his resignation after the game, paving the way for then-OU offensive coordinator Mike Leach to take the reins in Lubbock and begin his successful run there.

Stoops' teams won their next two at Texas Tech — the last coming in 2003 — before back-to-back losses that were each memorable for the wrong reasons.

In 2005, the Sooners trailed 17-7 early in the fourth quarter before taking a lead on a 13-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run with 1:33 left.

But then, the Red Raiders put together a game-winning drive that ended as time expired, when Tech running back Taurean Henderson scored on a 2-yard run that remains controversial to this day.

The score was upheld on review, but later replays showed Henderson's knee might have been down before he broke the plane.

Two years later, Bradford left the game with a concussion on OU's second possession, the Red Raiders opened a 27-10 halftime lead and held on for a 34-27 victory.

What seemed like it would be a championship-caliber 2009 season for OU was effectively destroyed when Bradford suffered season-ending shoulder injuries early on.

OU had lost four games entering its Nov. 21 game at Texas Tech, but the setbacks were by a combined 12 points; the Sooners were carried by their defense, which was anchored by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

But little went right that day in Lubbock, when the Red Raiders scored their most-lopsided victory ever over Oklahoma.

“It didn't matter to Tech how many times we won here,” he said, referring to the Red Raiders' 41-38 upset in Norman last year.

In Texas Tech's previous two trips to Norman, the Sooners won by a combined score of 110-28.

“Everyone wants to tie years to other years, and I don't see it that way,” Stoops said.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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