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Final Wrap: No. 4 Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 21

TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES

GETTING STARTED

• Today’s weather at kickoff: 70 degrees, light winds, and clear skies.

• Texas Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the game. Oklahoma started the second half with the ball.

• Today’s game was televised by ABC. It’s the second game on ABC this season, and eight of Tech’s nine games overall have been on the ESPN family of networks this season.

• Today’s game marked the 29th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Oklahoma, and the 26th meeting as Big 12 foes.

• Today’s game was the Red Raiders’ sixth Big 12 conference game of 2021, and the fourth road game in that stretch.

• Texas Tech wore black helmets, white jerseys, and black pants against Oklahoma.

• Today’s game captains were SaRodorck Thompson, DaMarcus Fields, and Dalton Rigdon.

• As part of Texas Tech’s pregame entrance, Patrick Curley carried the U.S. flag and Kaylon Geiger ran out with the state of Texas flag.

• Today’s attendance: 82,732.

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) T.J. Storment, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Josh Burger (RT) Caleb Rogers, (QB) Henry Colombi, (RB) Tahj Brooks, (TE) Henry Teeter, (WR) Myles Price, (WR) Kaylon Geiger Sr., (WR) Erik Ezukanma; (Defense) – (DE) Tyree Wilson, (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (T) Devin Drew (LB) Colin Schooler, (LB) Riko Jeffers, (LB) Krishon Merriweather, (SPUR) Malik Dunlap, (CB) Rayshad Williams, (S) Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, (S) Eric Monroe. (CB) DaMarcus Fields

TEXAS TECH’S LOSS…

• Gives Texas Tech a 5-4 overall record in 2021.

• Gives Texas Tech a 6-23 all-time record against Oklahoma.

• Gives Texas Tech a 6-20 all-time record against Oklahoma in Big 12 games.

• Gives Texas Tech a 2-13 all-time record against Oklahoma in games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

• Gives Texas Tech a 3-20 all-time record against ranked Oklahoma teams.

• Gives Texas Tech 10 consecutive losses to Oklahoma, marking the longest winning streak by either team all-time in the series.

TEXAS TECH’S TEAM NOTES

• Texas Tech, riding a consecutive-game scoring streak dating back to the 1997 season, posted game No. 300 of that streak against Oklahoma. The streak ranks eighth nationally and is the third-longest active streak in the Big 12 behind TCU and Oklahoma. OU is one game above Tech, now at 301.

• Texas Tech held its opponent under 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season. It’s the most times in a single season dating back to 2000

– Tech entered the game as one of eight schools nationally to own five or more such games.

• Texas Tech had more passing touchdowns (2) than it had rushing touchdowns (1) for the first time since facing Texas on Sept. 25.

– Tech has produced more touchdowns on the ground than it has through the air in six of nine games in 2021.

• Entering the game as the FBS-leader in 40-yard or better explosive plays with 20, the Red Raiders’ were held without a 40-yard play in a game for the first time season.

• After matching a season-high in explosives (20-yard plus plays) last week against K-State with seven, Tech was held to a season-low this Saturday with two – matching its’ road game at West Virginia.

• Texas Tech controlled the time of possession in a game for the third time this season (TTU 33:24, OU, 26:36)

– The Red Raiders sustained a drive of 7 minutes, 26 seconds to close the first half. It was the Red Raiders’ longest drive in length of time dating back to the 2017 season (vs. TCU).

• Texas Tech allowed seven passing touchdowns, the most it has allowed to an opponent since facing Oklahoma in 2016.

• Caleb Williams’ six touchdown passes were the most allowed by an opposing quarterback since Baker Mayfield tossed seven in the 2016 matchup.

• Texas Tech allowed the most passing yards (169) to an opponent in the first quarter since Iowa State (144) in the 2019 season.

• Texas Tech’s defense allowed the second-longest pass play this season – when OU scored on a 67-yard Williams to Mims pass.

• Tech allowed a season-high 21 points scored off turnovers to Oklahoma. Tech had allowed just 40 points to its opponents off turnovers through the first eight games (5.0/game).

• Tech was unable to manufacture a turnover for just the third time in its first nine games this season.

• This was Texas Tech’s final game prior to its first bye week on the 2021 schedule, which comes Nov. 6. It is the longest Tech has had to wait for an open date since 2015 when the Red Raiders’ lone weekend off came prior to the regular-season finale at Texas.

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

• Erik Ezukanma

– recorded a career-high eight receptions. Besting seven, set on seven different occasions.

– registered his fifth career 100-yard receiving game – third of the 2021 season – totaling 123 yards.

– logged his first touchdown since Texas Tech hosted SFA on Sept. 11.

– found the end zone for the third-straight game, having picked up his first two career rushing scores over back-to-back weeks at Kansas and at home versus Kansas State.

– surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards. He entered the game needing just 32 to reach the milestone.

• J.J. Sparkman recorded his first career touchdown and longest career reception (17 yards) against Oklahoma.

• Donavan Smith took over quarterback duties full time in the second half – he set career highs for attempts (17), completions (22), yards (192), and threw his first touchdown pass.

• Xavier White scored his third rushing touchdown of the 2021 season and fifth of his career.

• Dadrion Taylor-Demerson recorded a career-high eight tackles.

• Eric Monroe has 19 tackles over the last two games, logging 11 against K-State and eight more against Oklahoma.

• Tyree Wilson, who entered the game tied atop the Big 12 with 9.0 TFLs this season, added 1.0 more on Saturday at Oklahoma.

• Flip the field: On three attempts, Austin McNamara placed two punts inside the 10-yard line — pinning OU at the 5 in the first quarter, and at the 9 in the second quarter (game-high 50-yard kick)

(from Texas Tech Athletics )

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