In a world full of college football chaos, one constant is the Oklahoma Sooners in November. On Saturday night, OU won their 14th straight game in November, getting by Texas Tech 51-46. It was not the sharpest game for Lincoln Riley's crew, as Oklahoma got themselves in an early 14-0 hole after two Kyler Murray interceptions.
Murray would overcome his early mishaps, taking OU to a 35-31 lead early in the second half. The Oklahoma defense, which had looked improved in wins over TCU and K-State, regressed - giving up 473 yards and continuing to struggle in the red zone. Even when Tech was forced to put in backup Jett Duffey for an injured Allen Bowmen, Oklahoma still couldn't salt the Red Raiders away.
To be fair, the Sooners were banged up, missing Bookie Radley-Hiles. And there was the obvious size advantage in the Tech receiving core, but it wasn't until the second half that OU could get any pressure on either quarterback.
There was also a matter of racking up 113 yards in penalties, many of those coming from unsportsmanlike conduct calls, which can be chalked up to just plain being stupid. Aside from the two picks, Kyler Murray was his usual self, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another. Murray threw for 360 yards, 101 of those to Lee Morris, who also added two touchdowns to his season total and safety Robert Barns made a game saving play by picking off Duffey during a two point conversion attempt and taking it 100 yards the other way and racking up two points.
Up next, it's Bedlam next Saturday and, if all goes according to plan, back-to-back games with West Virginia - one in Morgantown and the other in Jerry World for the Big XII championship.