This wasn’t one of those games the Sooners could point to two or three plays.
Assisted by shoddy OU tackling and suspect pass defense, Tech compiled 17 plays of 10 or more yards.
The Red Raiders had touchdown drives of 54, 78, 69, 73 and 74 yards.
Even when the Sooners put a good lick on the Red Raiders, Gabe Lynn was flagged for a personal foul, targeting above the head. The same Gabe Lynn who was victimized so many times by Tech receivers for big plays OU eventually pulled him from the game and moved Aaron Colvin to cornerback.
But the offense deserves just as much blame as the defense.
Quarterback Landry Jones constantly threw behind receivers and threw a momentum killing third quarter interception, three plays after the defense made a momentum-changing, fourth-down stop in the shadows of its own goal line.
Ryan Broyles, the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver, lost a fumble for the third time this season. Boyles’ turnover, getting stripped of the ball in the second quarter, was a play that helped Tech seize momentum.
Broyles also had a personal foul penalty on OU’s final touchdown with 1:10 left, although the Sooners failure to recover an onside kick sealed Tech’s win.
The offense finally kicked it in gear in the second half but was a major contributor to a 31-7 deficit early in the third quarter.
OU’s high powered offense was plagued by seven three-and-outs — one technically a two-and-out when Broyles fumbled. The shocking development was Tech’s suspect defense held the Sooners to five consecutive possessions without a first down when Tech built a commanding 24-point lead.
“As an offense too many three-and-outs, not producing any yards, putting the defense back on the field, the defense not being able to get off the field,” Stoops said. “They hit two screen passes for touchdowns.”
The kicking game also contributed. Redshirt freshman kicker Michael Hunnicutt, who was given the job two months ago, missed two field goals.
Hunnicutt’s 39-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter would have given the Sooners their only lead of the game.
But it was Hunnicutt clanging a 28-yard attempt off the right upright with just under three minutes left that officially assured Texas Tech would post a shock-the-world upset.