Score this one a Sooners TKO
Oklahoma builds early lead, blasts Texas Tech
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 that 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.
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 last 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, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
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 honor 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.
Harrell was 33 of 55 for 361 yards and three touchdowns, but most of those numbers didn't mean much.
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 finished tied, the BCS standings would determine which team plays No. 12 Missouri in the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 6.
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 an in-state rival, too, and will need to break a two-game losing streak against Texas A&M 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.
The suddenly stingy Sooners held Tech scoreless on five straight possessions for the first time this season, 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 juked a pair of defenders on his way to the end zone for a 28-yard score.
Harrell made matters worse 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.