Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

Stadium: Jones AT&T Stadium Lubbock
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Not that long ago, there was a time when a meeting between Oklahoma and Texas Tech meant plenty of offensive firepower.

The 2016 meeting featuring Baker Mayfield, at quarterback for the Sooners, against the Red Raiders' Patrick Mahomes, set a handful of NCAA records.

But entering Saturday's regular-season finale between the teams at Lubbock, Texas, offensive consistency is a problem area.

Proven capable of explosive plays, each team also has encountered flattening lulls.

While the two rank second and third in the Big 12 in total offense, they're seventh and eighth in the league in scoring offense.

"We've been due," Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel said. "It's not always perfect. There are a bunch of things to clean up."

The Sooners (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) showed their explosiveness early last week, turning in one of the most productive quarters in program history in building a 28-0 lead over Oklahoma State.

Then the offense went dormant, with only two first downs in the second half.

Oklahoma was able to win that game thanks to its defense, which Texas Tech offensive coordinator Zach Kittley said is starting to look much more like the defenses Sooners coach Brent Venables had at Clemson.

"These last two to three weeks, they started to play a lot better defense, going kind of back to this basic stuff they were doing there at Clemson, but they're very multiple, they're a high-pressure team. They're going to blitz you."

Texas Tech (6-4, 4-4) has won back-to-back games for the first time since the first two games of the season.

In the first four games of conference play, the Red Raiders averaged nearly 520 yards per game. Since, they've averaged just more than 350 yards.

They were held to just 246 total yards in last week's 14-10 win over Iowa State.

Tyler Shough is expected to make his third consecutive start at quarterback for Texas Tech.

"Tyler's done a good job of coming in and doing what we thought," Red Raiders coach Joey McGuire said. "He's getting closer and closer to where we really know who he is and what he can be. But Behren (Morton) will be ready to go."

Morton hasn't played since Nov. 5.

The Sooners have won the last 10 meetings between the programs. Texas Tech has not beaten Oklahoma in Lubbock since 2009.

--Field Level Media

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Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Recap NOV 26TH 2022

Tyler Shough threw for 436 yards and two touchdowns and Trey Wolff kicked three field goals -- including the game-winner -- as host Texas Tech knocked off Oklahoma 51-48 in overtime on Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas.

The Red Raiders (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) beat the Sooners for the first time in 11 tries, finishing the season on a three-game winning streak.

Oklahoma (6-6, 3-6) finished with its worst record since 1998.

Jerand Bradley had eight catches for a career-high 173 yards and a touchdown for Texas Tech.

The Sooners got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Dillon Gabriel was injured on the first play -- a pass from wide receiver Drake Stoops to Gabriel off a reverse -- and the Oklahoma offense stalled.

Zach Schmit's 34-yard field goal try went wide right, setting up Wolff's game-winner on the next possession.

Gabriel finished 28 of 40 for 449 yards and six touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.

Eric Gray ran for 161 yards, while Marvin Mims (5 catches, 162 yards, 2 TDs) and Theo Wease (3 catches, 123 yards, TD) had big days receiving for Oklahoma.

The Sooners' C.J. Coldon intercepted Shough, giving Oklahoma the ball in Texas Tech territory with 5:16 remaining and the game tied.

The Sooners' offense couldn't get anything going, but Schmit's 42-yard field goal gave his team a 48-45 lead with 4:04 left.

The Red Raiders then drove the ball steadily down the field, tying it on Wolff's field goal with 3 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Oklahoma led 24-7 midway through the second quarter and looked in control. But Texas Tech scored 17 points in the final 3:09 of the first half to pull within one at halftime.

The Red Raiders ripped off a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in which they never faced a third down to cut the lead to 24-13.

Safety Dadrion Taylor-Demerson's interception on the third play of the next drive gave Tech the ball inside the Sooners' 30. It took just four plays for the Red Raiders to strike again, this time on Donovan Smith's 7-yard run that pulled Tech within four with 1:28 remaining.

The Red Raiders' defense quickly forced a punt, and a pair of long passing plays took them 77 yards in 45 seconds to set up a 29-yard field goal on the final play before halftime to cut Oklahoma's lead to 24-23.

--Field Level Media

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