An up-and-down, mistake-filled first down closed with No. 17 Oklahoma holding a 28-17 lead over Texas Tech in Norman.
Oklahoma held a 21-3 and was well on its way to pushing the score to 28-3 when Jarvis Baxter fumbled at the Red Raiders’ 29-yard line. Jah’Shawn Johnson claimed the loose pigskin and raced it 50 yards to the Oklahoma 29. Texas Tech scored four on a six-yard Reginald Davis touchdown grab.
On the ensuing possession, Baker Mayfield toss an ugly interception into the hands of Justis Nelson, which he returned to the Sooners’ 32. Washington, again, punched it in four plays later, this time from 13 yards out.
Samaje Perine‘s second touchdown pushed the lead to 28-17, but the Sooners missed a chance to extend their edge even further. Taking over at the Texas Tech 20 after Patrick Mahomes‘ second interception of the day, Dahu Green dropped a would-be touchdown on third down, and Austin Seibert nudged the ensuing 32-yard field goal wide left.
But Texas Tech, again, returned the favor when Mahomes was again intercepted – his third of the half – in the Oklahoma end zone just before the break.
Oklahoma opened the game by running roughshod over a porous Texas Tech defense. Perine carried 15 times for 132 yards and two scores in the half, while Joe Mixon added eight attempts for 67 yards and two more scores. Mayfield, who came in the center of attention in his first start against his former school, completed 8-of-12 throws for 113 yards and an interception while adding 19 yards on the ground.
Texas Tech had its first touchdown removed due to penalty as Davis turned to block in the Oklahoma end zone as Mahomes scrambled, but as Mahomes let up and tossed to Brad Pearson for an apparent score, Davis was flagged for offensive pass interference. The Red Raiders settled for a 34-yard Clayton Hatfield field goal.
Mahomes completed 14-of-24 passes for 120 yards with a touchdown and three picks while adding eight carries for 28 yards. Washington has rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a score.
Oklahoma out-gained Texas Tech 329-232 in the half.
Oklahoma will receive to open the second half.