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Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak ends with stunning loss to unranked Texas Tech

TEXAS TECH 41, OKLAHOMA 38 — The Red Raiders were in control most of the game in perhaps the Sooners' most shocking loss of the Bob Stoops era.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: October 23, 2011 at 1:29 am •  Published: October 23, 2011

NORMAN — Oklahoma has been unbeatable at home.

Texas Tech is the classic example. The Red Raiders have won the past three meetings in Lubbock. But when they play in Norman, it’s usually a Sooner rout.

Not this time.

In one of the most shocking upsets in the Bob Stoops era, Texas Tech ended OU’s 39-game home winning streak with a 41-38 win Saturday night on Owen Field.

“I told our players afterward credit (Tech),” Stoops said. “They whipped us in every part of the game. I told our players we were definitely outcoached and outplayed.”

The shocking upset was similar to Oklahoma State’s Bedlam upset a decade ago when the Cowboys, like the Red Raiders, were four-touchdown underdogs.

And this loss, like that one, came out of nowhere.

And this loss, like that one, probably knocked the Sooners out of the national title picture.

“If we can make improvements and show some character who knows what can happen,” Stoops said. “Take it one game at a time.”

OU is 75-3 under Stoops at home.

“This was the first time in my career (to lose at home),” said linebacker Travis Lewis. “We got our (butts) kicked tonight. I don’t have much to say about it.”

The three home losses in the Stoops era:

OSU 16-13 win a decade ago.

TCU a 17-10 win six years ago.

And Texas Tech’s stunner Saturday night.

“Sometimes too much is said about it like it can’t happen,” Stoops said. “I told the players anyone we play the rest of the year will whip us if we don’t if we don’t play better than we did today.”

On a day LSU, OSU and Alabama made strong statements the Sooners joined Wisconsin as teams that most likely eliminated from the national title chase.

It was a complete team meltdown.

Offense. Defense. Special teams. Every unit underachieved.

“It’s definitely no fun to lose,” said quarterback Landry Jones.. “I don’t know what else to say... Tech did a good job. Credit them for playing smart, playing solid defense against us.”

In a game that was delayed 1-hour, 34 minutes by lightning and rain, the defense, missing three starters — linebacker Tom Wort (back), defensive tackle Casey Walker (hand) and cornerback Jamell Fleming (knee) — allowed 572 total yards.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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