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Sooner defense delivers message of domination

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm •  Published: November 23, 2008
NORMAN — Late in the first quarter, Texas Tech had possession at the Sooner 36-yard line, down only 7-0.

But that's when defensive tackle Adrian Taylor sliced through Tech's offensive line to sack quarterback Graham Harrell for a 12-yard loss.

On the next play, Gerald McCoy sacked Harrell again.


Statement delivered.

Oklahoma's defense silenced its critics Saturday night, dismantling the nation's third-best scoring offense in a 65-21 rout.

“We wanted to pound them,” McCoy said. “We wanted to come out and set the tone early.

“I think we sent a message to whoever was watching. We're for real.”

The Sooners were dominant in every facet of the game, from beginning to end.

Tech, the nation's No. 1 third-down offense, managed to convert just one of 13 third-down attempts.

Harrell, who had been sacked five times all season, was sacked four times by the Sooners and repeatedly flushed out of the pocket or knocked down after the throw because of pressure.

“The defense was really outstanding,” coach Bob Stoops said. “To hold them down like we did, it was excellent.”

OU also continued its opportunistic ways with turnovers.

Travis Lewis intercepted Harrell and returned the ball 47 yards to the Tech 1 to set up a Sooner score.

Later, Keenan Clayton recovered a fumble and brought it back 53 yards, resulting in another short touchdown for the offense.

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