OU football: Texas Tech has been successful against the Sooners

For the last decade, OU's series against the Red Raiders has been its most competitive conference series.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 20, 2013

That Red Raiders team that came through Norman two years ago was different from the one that comes in Saturday.

Under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech is undefeated and No. 10 in the country. The Red Raiders haven't been in the top 10 since the 2008 team rose to No. 2 under Mike Leach before being blown out by No. 5 Oklahoma 65-21.

What's made this Texas Tech team even more potent than in 2011 isn't its offense — which continues to put up big numbers like it did when Kingsbury was quarterbacking Tech from 1999-2002. The Red Raiders' defense, especially against the run, has been stellar.

Texas Tech is giving up just 123.1 rushing yards per game, third in the Big 12 and No. 24 nationally.

The Sooners, though, have the second-best rushing offense in the Big 12 at 227.9 yards per game and West Virginia, in the middle of the pack in the Big 12, had some success running the ball against the Red Raiders on Saturday.

TCU also was able to run the ball effectively against Tech, rushing for more than 200 yards.

This Sooners team is also different.

Two years ago, OU was coming off three consecutive blowout wins, the last two coming over Texas and Kansas.

Now, the Sooners come in coming off a loss to Texas and a shaky win against a Kansas team that hasn't won a conference game since 2010.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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