The No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) got back into the win column with a fairly easy victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in their last game, but their biggest issue is the pass game, as junior quarterback Blake Bell struggled for the second straight game.
The Belldozer will look for a big game against the No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-0), who are undefeated and sit atop the conference at 4-0. The game will be played in Norman, Okla. on Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Bell threw for 131 yards, his lowest output in five starts this season, on 15-of-25 passing with two touchdowns and one pick. Bell has only averaged 138.7 yards in his previous three games, after he had averaged 322.5 in his first two starts of the year.
Despite that, the Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 34-19 behind 235 yards rushing. Three players rushed for 50 or more yards, Bell with 53, and seniors Damien Williams (56) and Roy Finch (53). Sophomore receiver Sterling Shepard led the team with seven grabs for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Oklahoma found itself down as much as 13-0 before scoring 25-unanswered points.
The Sooners held the Jayhawks to 201 total yards, including 16 through the air, the fewest passing yards allowed by the Sooners since beating Arkansas in the 2002 Cotton Bowl.
Oklahoma leads the nation in passing defense, allowing 149.7 yards per game.
The win was Oklahoma’s 15th-straight the week following the Red River Rivalry. It was also the Sooners’ 21st-straight win following a loss.
Oklahoma won last season’s meeting with the Red Raiders 41-20, but Texas Tech upset No. 3 Oklahoma 41-38 on Oct. 22, 2011, in its last trip to Norman.
Texas Tech is second to Baylor in the Big 12 in scoring at 41.1 points per game, and its 548.1 total yards per contest rank sixth in the nation. The Red Raiders average 416.4 passing yards, second in the country behind only Oregon.
The Red Raiders’ high-powered offense could have a more difficult time putting up big numbers against an Oklahoma defense that ranks ninth in the country with 293.4 yards allowed per game.
Davis Webb became the first Red Raiders freshman to pass for at least 400 yards in his first two starts in last week’s 37-27 comeback win at West Virginia. He finished 36-of-50 for 462 yards and a pair of 10-yard touchdown passes to Jace Amaro.
The Red Raiders gave up no more than 311 total yards in the previous three games before allowing 437 against West Virginia.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 14-6; 8-2 in Norman.