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CeeDee Lamb, No. 6 OU defense too much for No. 11 Texas

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CeeDee Lamb caught three touchdowns and Alex Grinch‘s defense sacked Sam Ehlinger nine times, overcoming two first half Jalen Hurts turnovers to lead No. 6 Oklahoma to a 34-27 win over No. 11 Texas in Dallas.

Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) accepted the ball to open the game and rolled down the field, moving 66 yards in 10 plays and scoring on a fourth-and-goal toss from Hurts to Lamb from the 1.

The Sooners then forced a three-and-out on Texas’ first possession and appeared primed to push their early lead to 14-0 when Hurts turned a 3rd-and-5 keeper into a 27-yard run to the Texas 7, but review ruled Anthony Cook jarred the ball loose and D'Shawn Jamison hopped on the fumble for the Longhorns.

Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) moved the ball out of the shadow of its own goal post and pushed into OU territory, but Kenneth Murray forced UT off the field with the Sooners’ second third-down sack of Ehlinger in as many possessions.

Starting at their own 5, Oklahoma rolled down the field, gashing the Texas defense with Hurts scrambles up the middle, but on 3rd-and-8 from the OU 11, Hurts committed his second red zone turnover of the first half — an ill-advised intercepted to Texas safety Brandon Jones. Once again, though, the Oklahoma defense held, surrendering one third-and-long completion but not a second, as Kenneth Murray swallowed an Ehlinger scramble on 3rd-and-11.

Texas finally forced an OU punt — giving OU three straight scoreless possessions for the first time all season — but Texas punted it right back as the Sooners sacked Ehlinger again on third and long.

Oklahoma reached the Texas red zone for the fourth time of the half, but was again turned away from the end zone as Hurts rushed for just two yards on 3rd-and-goal from the 4, forcing a 19-yard Gabe Brkic field goal with 1:49 left in the first half, and Texas finally got on the board when Cameron Dicker answered with his own 49-yarder to close the half.

On its second possession of the second half, Texas finally put a drive together, moving 93 yards in seven plays to level the game at 10-10 at the 8:48 mark of the third quarter. Ehlinger converted a 3rd-and-8 with a fling to Roschon Johnson for nine yards then, one play later, Johnson broke free for a 58-yard run to the OU 4. The true freshman converted quarterback finished the drive with a scoring rush one play after that.

On its heels for the first time all afternoon and having scored three points in its last five possessions, Oklahoma’s offense came alive for the first time since the opening drive. A 9-yard completion to Lamb turned into a 24-yard gain when Malcolm Roach was flagged and ejected for targeting and, after a run for no gain, Lamb hauled in a 51-yard flea-flicker for a touchdown, putting OU back up 17-10 just 63 seconds after Texas tied the game.

Looking to tie the game for a second time, Texas’ drive was an utter disaster. Devin Duvernay dropped a fair catch attempt, putting the ‘Horns at their own 5. Collin Johnson dropped a big gain on first down, and Brennan Eagles did the same on second down, leading to a Ryan Bujcevski punt that Lamb returned to Texas’ 38. Looking for a knockout blow, Oklahoma instead settled for a 34-yard Brkic field goal then, after another Texas punt, came up empty on a 4th-and-1 pass, giving Texas the ball in its best starting point of the game — its own 40. Thanks to a 23-yard Roschon Johnson run and two flags drawn by Collin Johnson, Texas pulled within 20-17 on a 2-yard Ehlinger keeper to close the third quarter.

With Texas back in striking distance, Oklahoma struck: six plays, 75 yards and a third Lamb touchdown, this one from 27 yards out as he broke several tackles after making the catch inside the 10. UT needed a score to stay in the game and the Longhorns got one in the form of a 32-yard Dicker field goal.

But Oklahoma, who scored from 75 yards out in three and six plays the two previous times Texas pulled close, needed only five snaps to score the capper — a 3-yard Hurts keeper with 4:19 to play.

Ehlinger pulled Texas back within a score with his second keeper of the day, a 4-yarder with 1:49 to play, but Texas could not recover the ensuing onside kick. The junior quarterback finished the day 26-of-38 for 210 yards with two rushing scores while enduring nine sacks.

In his first and only appearance inside the Cotton Bowl, Hurts hit 16-of-28 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns (all to Lamb) while carrying a game-high 16 times for 121 yards and a score. The Sooners out-rushed Texas 268-100.

No. 6 Oklahoma leading a low-scoring Red River game

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No. 6 Oklahoma holds a 10-3 lead over No. 11 Texas at the half in Dallas. OU has out-gained UT 260-83 and out-rushed team 165-12, but two red zone turnovers have kept the Longhorns in the game.

Oklahoma accepted the ball to open the game and rolled down the field, moving 66 yards in 10 plays and scoring on a fourth-and-goal toss from Jalen Hurts to CeeDee Lamb from the 1.

The Sooners then forced a three-and-out on Texas’ first possession and appeared primed to push their early lead to 14-0 when Hurts turned a 3rd-and-5 keeper into a 27-yard run to the Texas 7, but review ruled Anthony Cook jarred the ball loose and D'Shawn Jamison hopped on the fumble for the Longhorns.

Texas moved the ball out of the shadow of its own goal post and pushed into OU territory, but Kenneth Murray forced UT off the field with the Sooners’ second third-down sack of Sam Ehlinger in as many possessions.

Starting at their own 5, Oklahoma rolled down the field, gashing the Texas defense with Hurts scrambles up the middle, but on 3rd-and-8 from the OU 11, Hurts committed his second red zone turnover of the first half — an ill-advised intercepted to Texas safety Brandon Jones. Once again, though, the Oklahoma defense held, surrendering one third-and-long completion but not a second, as Kenneth Murray swallowed an Ehlinger scramble on 3rd-and-11.

Texas finally forced an OU punt — giving OU three straight scoreless possessions for the first time all season — but Texas punted it right back as the Sooners sacked Ehlinger again on third and long.

Oklahoma reached the Texas red zone for the fourth time of the half, but was again turned away from the end zone as Hurts rushed for just two yards on 3rd-and-goal from the 4, forcing a 19-yard Gabe Brkic field goal with 1:49 left in the first half.

Texas answered with a 49-yard Cameron Dicker field goal to close the half.

Hurts has completed 9-of-15 passes for 95 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing 12 times for 107 yards. Ehlinger, meanwhile, is 9-of-11 for 71 yards while rushing for minus-7 yards when accounting for sack yardage.

The halftime leader has won 10 straight games in this series, though Texas will receive with a chance to tie the game to open the second half.

Oklahoma, Notre Dame join 900-win club

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A week after Nebraska joined the 900-win club, the elite fraternity of college football programs is adding two more. Oklahoma and Notre Dame each won their 900th game on Saturday, becoming the sixth and seventh FBS programs to join the 900-win club.

Oklahoma and Notre Dame join a group that includes Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, and Nebraska. Yale is the only non-FBS program with 900 all-time wins.

Oklahoma’s 55-16 win over Texas Tech saw the Sooners join the club in easy fashion, with Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb putting up big numbers in their Big 12 opener. Oklahoma is now the second Big 12 team with 900 all-time wins, with the rival Texas Longhorns already there. The next Big 12 team in line will likely be West Virginia, but the Mountaineers are still a few seasons away from joining the 800-win club first. West Virginia has 755 all-time wins according to Winsipedia.

For Notre Dame, this is the second time in the 900-win club. The Irish were stripped of 21 wins by the NCAA in Feb. 2018. but they’re back now, and they intend on staying there after a strong second-half performance to top Virginia in South Bend.

That may be all for the new additions to the 900-win club this season, although Penn State is now nine wins away from joining the party. Penn State would have to get to 13 wins in order to reach the 900-win milestone. The way things are going, that is not quite entirely out of the realm of possibility, although the odds are Penn State will climb to the 900th win early next season. After Penn State, it should a while before another school reaches 900 wins. Harvard would be the next school in line after the Nittany Lions, but the next FBS program on the all-time win list is USC at (842) and Tennessee (839).

No. 6 Oklahoma gets big games from Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb in rout of Texas Tech

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It was just another day at the office for Jalen Hurts and No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 big 12). The Sooners won their conference opener against Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) the way that has come to be expected, with big numbers on offense. Hurts passed for 415 yards and three touchdowns and CeeDee Lamb was responsible for 185 receiving yards and all three of the touchdowns thrown by Hurts.

If there is a better quarterback-receiver combo in the country, they may be playing in the NFL. Hurts and Lamb were essentially unflappable against a Texas Tech team that had their defensive unit abused from start to finish. Poor tackling led to big plays, and Lamb getting space to hit fifth gear was lethal for the Red Raiders as well.

Hurts has now thrown for 1,295 yards this season with 12 touchdown passes. After just four games in an Oklahoma uniform, Hurts is easily on pace to have a career season. His career-high for season passing yards is 2,780 yards at Alabama in 2016, which is also when he threw career-high 23 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. Hurts may pass that touchdown total in the next 3-4 games, and the season-high passing mark could be passed by the end of October too.

Oklahoma’s offense put up 644 yards in the game, more than doubling the offensive output by the Red Raiders. Texas Tech clearly has a different offensive approach under new head coach Matt Wells. The Red Raiders rushed for 192 yards in an attempt to have the clock work in their favor, but Oklahoma’s offense was too explosive to allow for that gameplan to work out in Texas Tech’s favor.

The win moves Oklahoma into the 900-win club in college football. Nebraska joined the elite club last week, and Notre Dame can rejoin the club this afternoon with a win over Virginia. The Sooners are the second Big 12 school with 900 all-time wins. Texas (911 all-time wins) got there first.

Oklahoma will look to go 2-0 in Big 12 play next week when they head to Kansas. Texas Tech will look to regroup next week at home against Oklahoma State.

Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb connecting to give No. 6 Oklahoma big lead on Texas Tech

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Another week has led to another big day for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the box score. It helps when he has talented wide receivers capable of making big things happen. The Sooners have used their big strike passing game to build a 34-10 lead on Texas Tech after one half of play in Norman.

Hurts has completed 12 of 16 pass attempts for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and he has added a rushing touchdown for good measure. CeeDee Lamb had a 71-yard touchdown reception for one of his two scores and Charleston Rambo went for 74 yards and has 122 receiving yards at the halftime break. Oklahoma scored points in each of their first five offensive possessions in the half.

Texas Tech has managed to scratch together a couple of scoring drives, but had to settle for a field goal when one video replay ruled a catch by the Red Raiders was incomplete in the back of the end zone. After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, the Red Raiders are trying to climb uphill against a team that refuses to stop scoring.