LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma Sooners engaged in another shootout and once again the Sooners came out on top. Fueled by Heisman-hopeful quarterback Kyler Murray's brilliant performance, Oklahoma claimed a 51-46 victory at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Murray showed why he’s one of the top players in the nation by passing for 360 yards and rushing for 100 more, making him the first Sooner to do so in a single game. He also threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in keeping Oklahoma a step ahead of Texas Tech for most of the second half.
In front of a sellout crowd of 60,454, the Red Raiders started off fast and took a two-touchdown lead over the Oklahoma Sooners thanks to senior defensive back Vaughnte Dorsey, who put Texas Tech’s offense in a good position to score twice.
Dorsey intercepted Murray on his first pass attempt of the game and brought it inside of the Sooners’ 3-yard line. Freshman quarterback Alan Bowman would connect with sophomore wide receiver T.J. Vasher on a 6-yard completion for the touchdown to put Texas Tech up 7-0.
Dorsey, who also helped junior defensive lineman Broderick Washington Jr. with a sack and recorded 11 total tackles, then got his second interception of the night and brought it inside Oklahoma’s 25-yard line.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury sent in sophomore quarterback Jett Duffey, who completed a touchdown pass to freshman Ta’Zhawn Henry for 14-0 lead over the Sooners in the first quarter.
“I thought he (Dorsey) played with a lot of juice, hitting hard like he always does,” Kingsbury said. “He had a great energy out there.”
Before the first half ended, Bowman redeemed himself from his three-interception performance last week against Iowa State. Bowman completed 21 of 26 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns against Oklahoma However, Bowman took a hard hit trying to reach the goal line at the end of the second quarter. He didn’t return to action after halftime.
Texas Tech released a statement late Saturday night saying that Bowman had been taken to a Lubbock hospital for re-evaluation of the collapsed lung he suffered earlier this season.
The Red Raiders eventually scored on Bowman’s final series at the end of the second quarter, boosting them to a 31-28 halftime lead.
Duffey permanently entered the game for Texas Tech to start the second half, but didn’t produce a touchdown drive in the third quarter. The sophomore QB found wide receiver Antoine Wesley for an incredible 40-yard catch at the Sooners’ 7-yard line, which resulted in a Clayton Hatfield field goal early in the fourth.
Wesley finished the game with 199 yards on 12 catches and also surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
“He’s (Wesley) a stud,” Kingsbury said. “I’ve said it every week, he keeps getting better and better. His focus and preparation is as good as any I’ve been around at that position. He’s a big part of our offense.”
Oklahoma’s sophomore running back Trey Sermon continued to run through the Red Raiders’ defense into the fourth quarter as he put the Sooners up 42-34 with his second touchdown of the night.
Texas Tech was in comeback mode as the offense made its way down the field and got a pass interference call to go against Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders used this penalty to their advantage as senior Zach Austin caught a tipped pass on his fingertips and reached the ball across the plane of the end zone, which brought the score to 42-40, Sooners.
“I’m really proud of that kid,” Kingsbury said about Austin. “I told him, he’s going to make a big play for us at some point and that was huge. The catch and the wherewithal to stick it (the ball) across the line… it’s a great contribution by him.”
In an attempt to get a two-point conversion, the Red Raiders went for a little trickery that didn’t work against Oklahoma. Wide receiver Seth Collins was given the ball and threw it up into the end zone hoping to find a Texas Tech receiver. Instead, Sooners’ safety Robert Barnes intercepted the ball and returned it for 98-yards, putting Oklahoma on top 44-40.
The Red Raiders move to 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Big 12. Texas Tech hosts Texas at 6:30 on Saturday in the Red Raiders’ final home game of the season.