LOCATION: Jones AT&T Stadium (Lubbock, Texas)
BETTING LINE: Oklahoma -14
OVER/UNDER: 85 (hahahahaha)
FINAL LINE SCORE
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
PLAYER STATS: 31 Carries, 263 Yards, 2 TDs, 4 Receptions, 114 Yards, 3 TDs
I could have very easily picked almost any offensive payer on both teams, particularly Mayfield and Mahomes. But Mixon was the extra oomph that pushed the Sooners to a victory. In particular, the one-handed touchdown reception in the third quarter was amazing. Tech couldn’t run the ball at all, and that’s one of the major reasons Mahomes tied the all-time yardage record. But OU was ulti-dimensional and it was all Mixon. Great game from every Sooner player on offense, but it was Mixon that helped the most to give Oklahoma their fifth win of the year.
OKLAHOMA POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 10
Mixon ran for 263 yards and Mayfield rarely faced pressure. If that’s not a “10” performance I don’t know what is.
RUNNING BACKS: 10
As mentioned above, Mixon ran for almost 275 yards. Every single run play resulted in lightning in a bottle thanks to Mixon.
Baker Mayfield didn’t break a bunch of records because Mixon also balled out. He deserves all the credit in the world for playing well in a brutal environment.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 10
Dede Westbrook was the undoubted star, but let’s not ignore that every receiver had at least one explosive play.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 3
They get a 3 because Texas Tech’s rushing game was awful. They also get a 3 because they gave up over 850 yards of offense total.
Wow. Texas Tech’s defense played worse, but Oklahoma just had arguably the worst non-Tech defensive game in a very long time.
734 yards given up is incredibly awful. In fact, it’s literally record-breakingly bad. Needs to be some big improvement in this group.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 2
OU missed a PAT, which could’ve been absolutely crippling. However, no other major mistakes occurred and OU won, so ultimately it just hurts the stat line.
This isn’t a game you coach, this is a game you just sit back and watch with either awe or terror. Stoops got a win, so he gets the higher score.
Whoever you were rooting for, wherever you live, you have to admit: this was one of the most fun games to watch in years. Mahomes and Mayfield combined for almost 1300 yards through the air. Both teams got exactly 854 yards. The two combined for 125 points. I didn’t think I’d watch more of a barn burner than the Arizona State-Texas Tech game, but I was wrong. That game only had 123 points. This game just felt like one big party. It was a night game in Lubbock, which are always fun. It was a great offensive performance from both teams. The game wasn’t decided until late in the fourth. It was an absolute blast to watch, and that’s coming from a Texas Tech fan. Ultimately, as I’ve said a lot in this recap, the game was won by the multi-dimensional OU attack. Texas Tech’s defense honestly had a decent first half, with a couple of critical stops we’re not used to seeing from them. But it was a very different second half. Mixon went even more crazy and Mayfield lit up a tired Red Raider D. Oklahoma certainly had an embarrassing night on defense and Tech also broke records on offense, but the game came down to Mayfield and Mixon and they delivered a win. Oklahoma and West Virginia play in the middle of November, and that’s quickly shaping up to be a de facto Big 12 championship game if Baylor stumbles. Mahomes deserves a lot of credit too. He broke an NCAA record for pass attempts with an INJURED SHOULDER. He tied a passing yardage record with an INJURED SHOULDER. And he lost the game. After the game, Mahomes said he didn’t do enough because they lost. Nothing could be further from the truth. He did everything he possibly could, but got no help from anybody. I honestly feel bad that he is stuck on such a poor team. He deserves better. Once again congrats to the Sooners on a huge win to stay undefeated in Big 12 play. They earned it.
TEXAS TECH POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 8
It’s really hard to put them lower after that game, but it’s hard to ignore the lack of a rushing attack, which helped kill Tech’s chances.
RUNNING BACKS: 4
Yikes. After a game where Texas Tech broke multiple records, the running backs get a failing grade. This group needs a major tune-up.
QUARTERBACKS: Infinity times infinity
Patrick Mahomes is single-handedly keeping this Texas Tech team competitive. He is now on pace to reach almost 7000 yards, and he missed half of a game, ANDhe’s fighting a shoulder injury.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 10
Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles are two of the best young receivers in the NCAA. Those two BOTH caught for almost 170 yards. The rest of them aren’t too shabby either.
DEFENSIVE LINE: -1
I can’t emphasize how much this defense is KILLING Texas Tech. They gave up 854 yards, way too much of which was on the ground.
This game isn’t for fun. It’s for national championships. It’s really hard to get those with these types of defensive efforts.
SECONDARY: -Infinity times Infinity
This performance negated Mahomes’ brilliance. Everytime Mayfield wanted to throw, somebody was wide open. Disgraceful.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 5
Why is Texas Tech committing so many penalties. This comes down to Kingsbury, who now has a losing record on the year with little hope to reach 6 wins.