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Defense a mere rumor as Oklahoma outlasts Texas Tech in record-setting shootout

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Certainly there are deceased defensive purists who are rolling over in their graves at the moment.  In fact, there are likely amongst-the-living defensive purists who are currently digging six feet down, jumping in and rolling over just to prove a point.

To what are we referring?  Oklahoma 66, Texas Tech 59 in a game that spanned just four quarters.  Didn’t even go into a single overtime let alone multiple ones to at least buttress the video game-like numbers.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so screen snaps of the offensive carnage are just visually staggering in their breadth and scope:

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Where to start?

Well, the teams collectively broke the NCAA record for combined offensive yards in a single game, with their 1,708 yards — exactly 854 for each, incidentally — easily surpassing the 1,640 of San Jose State and Nevada in 2001.  The combined 1,279 yards passing also broke the record of 1,261 yards set during the 2014 Washington State-Cal game.

That Pac-12 game also produced the individual passing record, with Wazzu’s Connor Halliday throwing for 734 yards; Tech’s Patrick Mahomes matched that record in this wild affair.  Mahomes’ 88 pass attempts were just one off the record of 89 set by Halliday in 2013.

Add in 85 yards rushing, and Mahomes became the first player in FBS history to account for more than 800 yards of offense in a single game. The previous record was Halliday’s 751 two years ago.

On the OU side, quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred from Lubbock to Norman, set a Sooners record with his seven touchdown passes.  The 1,383 combined yards for Mayfield and Mahomes is an FBS record as well.

Additionally, running back Joe Mixon, with 262 yards rushing and 114 receiving, became just the third FBS player in at least 15 years to go for 250-plus in the former category and 100-plus in the latter.  Dede Westbrook also caught nine passes for 202 yards, making Oklahoma the fifth team in FBS history and first since Oklahoma State in 2008 to have a 300-yard-passer, 200-yard rusher and 200-yard receiver in the same game.

The Sooners also became the first FBS team with a 500-yard-passer, 200-yard rusher and 200-yard receiver in a single game.

I’m quite certain that there are myriad school and conference and national records that I missed, but, yeah, you get what was a very offensive point.  And, for that, there’s just no defense.

Oklahoma puts an end to Kansas State’s streak in Norman with aerial attack

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Not many teams have gone into Norman and beaten Bob Stoops. Only one has done it back-to-back.

Oklahoma made sure to end Kansas State’s surprising streak on their home turf by denying a third straight win thanks to a strong aerial attack in a 38-17 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Sooners’ three-headed monster in the offensive backfield put together another impressive effort against a normally stingy Wildcats defense. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns but remarkably didn’t even have the best QB rating on the day. That would belong to running back Joe Mixon, who threw for a 26 yard score and caught another in the first half, to go with a 88 yard outing on the ground.

Fellow tailback Samaje Perine also found the end zone through the air but was injured prior to halftime and did not return.

Wideout Dede Westbrook continued to look like a Biletnikoff Award finalist despite not starting the game (no reason was given). He wound up getting back into action on the Sooners’ third offensive snap of the game though and finished with nine catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns — the last of which went from 88 to seal the blowout victory.

Kansas State’s offense did look threatening several times during the contest but just couldn’t get anything going in the second half after quarterback Jesse Ertz left with an injury and struggled to run the ball.

The win keeps Oklahoma undefeated in the Big 12 and allows them to keep pace with both West Virginia and Baylor in the standings. The Sooners have taken their lumps to some very good teams in the non-conference schedule but it certainly appears they are finding their stride in league play and are starting to look like the most dangerous team in the Big 12 as we hit the halfway mark of the season.

No. 19 Oklahoma jumps out to halftime lead over Kansas State thanks to tailback tandem

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Oklahoma running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine are two of the best in the country and one of the top tandems in all of college football.

Kansas State figured that out the hard way in the first half on Saturday as the pair showcased their entire skill set in a variety of ways to help the Sooners jump out to a 24-10 lead after two quarters.

While both backs averaged nearly five yards a carry on the ground, it was their ability to do more than tote the rock that made the OU offense tick against the Wildcats. Perine opened the scoring up on a 25 yard catch that he hit the edge on and dived into the end zone for a touchdown. He later went out with a leg injury however.

Mixon found pay dirt through the air on a shovel pass and also showcased his arm on a nifty trick play that resulted in him throwing for a touchdown. That lofty 648.4 rating for the tailback probably made quarterback Baker Mayfield a bit jealous were it not for his own numbers (just two incompletions, 174 yards and two scores).

The most interesting subplot of the first half for Oklahoma may have been that of wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who did not start in an eyebrow-raising move but was inserted into the game on the third snap. No official reason was given for the change to the Sooners’ leading receiver so it will be interesting to hear what Bob Stoops has to say about the matter after the game.

Westbrook eventually went to the locker room with five catches for 57 yards and a second quarter touchdown.

Kansas State was able to move the ball behind quarterback Jessie Ertz but he left in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. The Wildcats are looking for their third straight win in Norman and certainly are not out of this one the way they played but finding an answer to slow down the Oklahoma tailbacks is priority No. 1 at halftime.

Behind 672-yard offensive effort, No. 20 OU beats Texas in Red River shootout

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Despite out-gaining Texas by more than 150 yards in the first half, three unseemly turnovers forced Oklahoma to take just a 14-13 lead into the break.

The Sooners got out of their own way in the second half. As did Texas. And in the process No. 20 Oklahoma dropped 672 yards in a 45-40 Red River Showdown win over the reeling Longhorns in Dallas.

The tight first half gave way to an offensive explosion to open the second, as Shane Buechele (245 yards, three touchdowns on an uncharacteristically inaccurate 19-of-36 passing) closed drives with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Duvernay and a 45-yard heave to Dorian Leonard, but those scores proved to be brief respites against a crimson avalanche.

Oklahoma (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) scored on six consecutive possession from the close of the first half and through the entire second half, and each march was a lengthy one: 85 yards in four plays, 79 yards in three plays, 85 yards in seven plays, 76 yards in four plays, 93 yards in 13 plays and a 60-yard field goal march in 14 plays. The Sooners treated a historically porous Texas defense as did California and Oklahoma State, moving the ball through the air and on the ground.

Texas (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) had no answer for Dede Westbrook, who hauled in 10 receptions in 10 targets for a school-record 232 yards and touchdowns of 42, 47 and an Oklahoma series record 71 yards. And when Westbrook wasn’t dancing through a vacant secondary, Samaje Perine was busting up an overmatched burnt orange front. The FBS single-game rushing record holder carried 35 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, while Baker Mayfield hit 22-of-31 throws for 390 yards and three touchdowns through the air with 20 more yards and an additional score on the ground.

The first two scores in Oklahoma’s run overcame deficits of 10-7 and 20-14, and, after Buechele’s second touchdown pass, turned a 27-21 hole into a 42-27 lead the Sooners held for the rest of the game. Barely.

Texas mounted a comeback effort with a six-play, 67-yard drive capped by Buechele’s third touchdown pass, this one to Armanti Foreman, and, after an Austin Seibert field goal banked in off the right upright pushed the score to 45-34, the ‘Horns moved 69 yards in five snaps on the legs of D'Onta Foreman (25 carries for 159 bruising yards), including a 22-yarder to pull UT within 45-40 with 1:45 to play.

After tight end Mark Andrews, whose earlier drops resulted in an interception and a punt, recovered the ensuing onside kick, Oklahoma attempted to run out the remainder of the clock but, on a 3rd-and-5 at the Texas 39, Mayfield scrambled and lost the ball, briefly alluding Texas the chance to take over around midfield with a minute remaining, but the Sooners hopped on the loose pigskin. Texas could not mount a serious threat with just 24 yards remaining from its own 10-yard line.

Gary Patterson rips Big 12 officials, takes veiled shot at Baker Mayfield

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To say TCU head coach Gary Patterson was not happy after his Horned Frogs dropped a home Big 12 game against Oklahoma would be a bit of an understatement. He was ticked and firing shots at the Big 12 officiating in the game in his postgame comments, and he even took a shot at Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Patterson was not pleased with a sequence toward the end of the game that ultimately resulted in an intentional grounding penalty on his quarterback Kenny Hill. Making the moment even more infuriating was the fact the initial call was for no intentional grounding, which was soon overturned by the officials on the field after a brief discussion after Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops threw his headset down in anger and lobbied for the call.

“The bottom line to it is, in his estimation, [Hill] didn’t have anyone to throw to,” Patterson said, referring to the official who threw the initial flag for intentional grounding. “Mine was he got hit, so I don’t know how he can tell he couldn’t throw it to him.”

Patterson also lamented over some missed holding calls on Oklahoma, which every coach can probably gloss over following a game. But what was a bit eye-opening was what Patterson appeared to say in relation to Mayfield.

“We talk about sportsmanship in this game, and I’ve got a quarterback that writes a whole article on me, how I treated him wrong. But I can’t talk about officials. Bottom line to it is, I wasn’t happy with the officiating.”

Last December, Mayfield shared his side of the story about his previous recruitment process with TCU. According to Mayfield, TCU was going to offer him a scholarship that never came his way.

They kind of hung me out to dry right before signing day,” Mayfield said in an interview with USA Today, suggesting Patterson does not like him. Mayfield ended up walking on at Texas Tech before ultimately transferring to Oklahoma. Mayfield is now 3-0 against TCU.

It would appear Patterson has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and a 3-2 record with two home losses can do that to a coach. TCU will get a chance to bounce back and get back in the Big 12 hunt this week when they head to Kansas before taking on West Virginia on the road on October 22 (after a bye week).