By Chois Woodman
No. 15 Oklahoma handed No. 10 Texas Tech its first loss of the season 38-30 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday.
Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was proud of his team’s effort despite coming up short.
“They’re a resilient group,” Kingsbury said. “They kept fighting, kept battling, kept leading and just didn’t get it done.”
One of the biggest factors for both teams was the turnovers. The Sooners (7-1, 4-1) had the advantage over the Red Raiders (7-1, 4-1) in the takeaway battle 3-1.
All three turnovers for the Red Raiders came off key plays involving veteran wide receivers. The first turnover was a deep pass from freshman quarterback Davis Webb intended for Bradley Marquez. Marquez stopped early on the route and Aaron Colvin intercepted the football. Another interception came from a tipped pass off of the hands of Eric Ward, and the third turnover was from a Jace Amaro fumble.
Amaro said he was disappointed in the turnovers.
“I’ve never fumbled in my life,” Amaro said. “I fumbled for the first time ever in the biggest game I’ve ever played. That was a 14 point swing because they scored on that 75-yard bomb on the next play.”s
Webb started his third straight game for the Red Raiders going 33 of 52 for 374 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kingsbury said he was proud of his young quarterback, but he wants him to get off to a faster start.
“I was really proud of the way he played,” he said. “He made some big time throws, he had a rough start, but he got it rolling there after about the first quarter.”
Tech had three different recievers with more than 100 yards in the game. Amaro had 116 yards, Ward raked up 106 yards and Jakeem Grant added 100 yards of his own. Ward found the end zone twice and Grant had a touchdown, too.
Kingsbury was not afraid to dial up a little trickery in the game.
“It was good execution by those guys making plays when we had to make plays to stay in the game — they did it,” he said.
The Red Raider offense featured a pitch-pass in which Kenny Williams hooked up with Ward for a score. Tech also used some trick plays on special teams. Tech used a successful onside kick in the third quarter, and also used a misdirection play on a punt return that allowed Tanner Jacobson to get a 32-yard return.
The Tech defense had one of its worst games of the season against the Sooner rushing attack. Oklahoma ran for 277 yards on 50 carries.
Tech defensive lineman Brandon Jackson said his team did not play as well as it could have.
“We do feel like we let one get away,” he said. “We feel like we didn’t play our best game. We came up against a great opponent who was prepared and executed and out-played and out-coached us today.”
The Red Raiders 526 totally yards to the Sooner offense which is the most by any team against Tech this season.
Kliff Kingsbury suffered his first loss in his head coaching career, falling to 7-1.
Tech gets back on the field at home next Saturday against Oklahoma State.