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(2) Texas Tech 21, (5) Oklahoma 65

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8:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008
Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Norman, OK

Oklahoma's message soundly delivered with destruction of Texas Tech

SC Highlight Of The Night: TTU VS. OU
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Sooners decided not just to turn the BCS upside down, but to knock the Red Raiders around a little bit as well.
Gameball goes to... OU defense. The Sooners dominated the vaunted Tech offense, holding the Red Raiders to 21 points, easily a season-low.
Stat of the game... 23. OU's seniors lost their first home game to TCU back in 2005 -- the Sooners haven't lost in Norman since.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs2032
Total Yards406625
3rd Down Conversions1-137-12
4th Down Conversions3-61-2
Air/Ground Leaders
Texas Tech Passing
Oklahoma Passing
Texas Tech Rushing
Oklahoma Rushing
Texas Tech Receiving
Oklahoma Receiving
Scoring Summary
TD08:59DeMarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 07
TD14:29Chris Brown 3 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 014
TD10:58Jermaine Gresham 19 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 021
TD07:45Juaquin Iglesias 28 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 028
TD06:28Tramain Swindall 25 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Matt Williams Kick) 728
TD01:04Chris Brown 4 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 735
TD00:18DeMarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 742
FG11:11Jimmy Stevens 33 Yd 745
TD09:07Chris Brown 2 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 752
TD05:39Eric Morris 11 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Matt Williams Kick) 1452
TD01:38Manuel Johnson 66 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Pat Blocked) 1458
TD13:54Ryan Broyles 26 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 1465
TD00:11Detron Lewis 27 Yd Pass From Graham Harrell (Matt Williams Kick) 2165
Photo Wire
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford passes against Texas Tech during an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla....
(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sam Bradford jumped around as he took a victory lap at Owen Field, handing out high-fives along the way to a line of adoring fans who had yet another reason to love him.

Bradford has the Oklahoma Sooners surging in the national championship race, raising his own Heisman stock as he goes. And, oh, what a mighty fall it was for Texas Tech.

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Bradford threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, and DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown combined to run for five more scores as the fifth-ranked Sooners brought an unceremonious end to No. 2 Texas Tech's run toward perfection in a 65-21 blowout Saturday night.

"I can't remember a game where I even had near as much fun," Bradford said.

The question now is this: Did the Sooners (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) do enough to make up for that loss to Texas?

The Longhorns have held a trump card since the annual Red River Rivalry game in October, having beaten Oklahoma 45-35 on a neutral field at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Fast Facts

• Oklahoma's 65 points are its most since ... last week, when it scored 66 against Texas A&M.

• The Sooners improved to 34-1 in Big 12 games under Bob Stoops at home.

• Michael Crabtree caught six passes but was kept out of the end zone. That ended his 13-game streak with a touchdown reception.

• The 65 points allowed by Texas Tech are the most in school history.

-- ESPN research

But the Sooners came up with as resounding a statement as they could by stifling Graham Harrell, who came into Norman as the Heisman Trophy favorite but might have relinquished that title to Bradford.

"Obviously, now we're in the mix with everybody," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "With the way we played, you would think ahead.

"The logic of whether to put us in front of Texas? If you can't do that because they beat us, then you've got to keep Texas Tech in front of Texas. What's logical for one is logical for the other."

Harrell was 33-for-55 for 361 yards and three touchdowns, which looks good on paper, but most of those numbers didn't mean much. Michael Crabtree, who leads the nation with 18 touchdown catches, was kept out of the end zone by the Sooners.

Neither one came out to talk to reporters afterward. Only running back Baron Batch and linebacker Brian Duncan joined coach Mike Leach in the interview room.

"We really wanted to do well, and we went out there and over-tried instead of doing routine things," Leach said.

The Red Raiders (10-1, 6-1) fell into a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South with Texas and Oklahoma, with only one week left in the regular season. If the three finish tied, the BCS standings would determine which team plays No. 12 Missouri in the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 6.

So the Bowl Championship Series controversy could come early this season, a week before the pairings are even set.

The Big 12 South race isn't over yet, though. There's still the matter of the Bedlam rivalry, and this time it's Oklahoma's turn to go on the road to face No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Longhorns will face their in-state rival, too, and will need to break a two-game losing streak against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day.

Texas Tech finishes its regular season against Baylor, and could still sneak into the Big 12 title game with an Oklahoma State upset.

Consolation Prize

Texas Tech's Graham Harrell supplanted Ty Detmer on the career passing yards list Saturday, throwing for 361 yards in Norman, Okla. He completed 33 of 55 passes with three touchdowns and an interception.

Most Career Passing Yards,
FBS History
Timmy Chang, Hawaii 17,072
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 15,120
Ty Detmer, BYU 15,031
Colt Brennan, Hawaii 14,193
Philip Rivers, N.C. State 13,484
"I don't know why we would be the hunted. We didn't accomplish nothing," Murray said. "We just won. We're not No. 1. We haven't won anything. We haven't won a national championship since 2000.

"We're still hunting to get to where we need to be and get to where we want to be. As far as that goes, we're still playing with a chip on our shoulder."

Oklahoma will have to deal with that next week. This week was all about dominance.

The suddenly stingy Sooners held Tech scoreless on five straight possessions for the first time this season, and got to Harrell - who'd been sacked only five times all season - on back-to-back plays in the first quarter while the nation's highest-scoring offense kept on clicking.

Juaquin Iglesias put Oklahoma up 28-0 when he zipped across the middle to catch a pass from Bradford and then stopped in his tracks at the 15 to juke a pair of defenders and clear his way to the end zone for a 28-yard score.

Desperate to make something happen, Harrell made matters worse in the final minute before halftime. His pass across the middle was right at Travis Lewis, who intercepted it and ran it back to the doorstep. Murray punched it in with a 1-yard dive, and the Sooners' lead reached 42-7.

That sent the noisy fans -- who'd been challenged by Stoops this week for not being raucous enough -- into a frenzy. The Sooners joined the record-setting sellout crowd of 85,646 by hopping up and down on the sideline as House of Pain's "Jump Around" blared over the loudspeaker.

"It was the best feeling ever. The crowd was nuts," cornerback Dominique Franks said.

Leach tried a desperation onside kick to start the second half, but that failed, and the next drive ended with a Shannon Woods fumble that Keenan Clayton returned to the 3 to set up another Brown touchdown.

"It's no fun, but it's something you have to learn from," Batch said.

"Jump Around" played again in the break after the third quarter and one last time after Texas Tech scored a meaningless touchdown with 21 seconds left.

Fans got one last chance to cheer as Bradford and the Sooners took a rare victory lap.

Bradford's four passes pushed him past the school record of 40 in a season, set by Jason White in his 2003 Heisman season. And maybe that kind of finish is in the cards for him, too.

"That's great, but I'd much rather have the wins," Bradford said. "As long as we win, I'm happy."

Murray finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns, and Brown added 108 yards and three scores as the Sooners ran roughshod over a defense that had improved enough this year to turn the Red Raiders from just an outstanding offense to the complete package.

That was all torn apart on Owen Field, where the Sooners have won 24 straight games - the longest home winning streak in the country and one away from the school record.

"I don't know what else, what other style points you're looking for," Stoops said. "That's about as solid and complete as anybody's played those guys."

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Wednesday, November 19th
17 Ball State 31 Final
Central Michigan 24
Thursday, November 20th
23 Miami (FL) 23 Final
Georgia Tech 41
Saturday, November 22nd
2 Texas Tech 21 Final
5 Oklahoma 65
Citadel 19 Final
4 Florida 70
14 Brigham Young 24 Final
7 Utah 48
15 Michigan State 18 Final
8 Penn State 49
9 Boise State 41 Final
Nevada 34
Michigan 7 Final
10 Ohio State 42
Air Force 10 Final
16 TCU 44
Mississippi 31 Final
18 LSU 13
20 Pittsburgh 21 Final
19 Cincinnati 28
21 Oregon State 19 Final
Arizona 17
North Carolina State 41 Final
22 North Carolina 10
Florida State 37 Final
25 Maryland 3