After two-straight losses, the Oklahoma Sooners are back on track with a third-straight win on Saturday, beating up the Texas Tech Red Raiders 62-28.
The young Sooners continue to show they’re getting better every week, while Texas Tech was not able to follow up its first Big 12 win of the season last week against West Virginia.
But in this one, it was actually the Red Raiders who got on the board first. SaRodorick Thompson scored on a five-yard run to wrap up a seven-play, 75-yard drive and Tech was out to a 7-0 lead after the first series of the game.
But after that, the route was on for the Sooners who scored touchdowns on six-straight drives to jump out to a 42-7 lead in the second quarter, which ended up as a 48-14 lead at halftime.
Three of those six touchdowns came on the ground from Rhamondre Stevenson (he led the nation in yards per carry in 2019), who was playing in his first game of the season following his suspension from the College Football Playoff game last season. Texas Tech was hampered by turnovers in the first half, including two Henry Colombi interceptions (both by Tre Norwood), which can be blamed just as much on the wide receivers as the quarterback.
The second half turned into 30 minutes of garbage time as Oklahoma got touchdown runs from Mikey Henderson and Chadarius Townsend, as the Sooners rolled to a 62-28 win over the Red Raiders.
Ronnie Perkins also returned to the line up for the first time since 2019 and made his presence felt all night. Stevenson finished with 87 yards on 13 carries with the three touchdowns. Spencer Rattler completed 21 of his 30 attempts alongside 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win, marking the sixth-consecutive game with over 200 yards and two touchdown passes.
Meantime, the Red Raiders have to be disheartened after getting a win last week and then getting blown out on Saturday. The defense had no answers for this offense, allowing 559 total yards and 5.5 yards per rush. The Red Raiders also had 11 penalties for 85 yards and lost the turnover battle 3-0. That’s a recipe for a loss against any opponent, nevermind the Oklahoma Sooners.
Henry Colombi finished 15 of 28 for 227 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in his second career start and Erik Ezukanma led the team with seven catches for 88 yards. But for Tech, it’s shaping up to be a very long Year 2 for Matt Wells and this program.
The Sooners return to Norman next Saturday when they host Kansas at 2:30 p.m. CT, while Texas Tech travels to take on TCU at 2:30 as well.
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