Last time Texas Tech visited Norman, they defeated then No. 3 Oklahoma 41-38. The Sooners ended the season with three losses and played in the Insight Bowl.
This time around, it too had major implications on the Big 12 race, but the Sooners held on for a 38-30 win on Oct. 26.
Damien Williams scored the game-winning 3-yard touchdown with 11:28 remaining to put Oklahoma up 35-24.
Williams rushed for a season-high 97 yards on 19 carries and two scores. The senior entered with three touchdowns on the year.
The Red Raiders entered the game a top the conference at 4-0, a half game up on Baylor and Texas.
Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) gained 526 yards of total offense. Blake Bell got back into the passing game after struggling in the past two games. Bell threw for 249 yards on 14-of-22 passing and two touchdowns.
Both of Bell’s scores came in the second quarter to Jalen Saunders from 15 and 76 yards out, respectively.
The Sooners held a 14-7 lead at halftime.
After just 21 total points by the two teams in the first half, the second half was much more offensive-minded with a combined six touchdowns and 47 points.
With a 21-7 deficit in the third, the Red Raiders (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) would go on to score 17-unanswered points in just under six minutes, capped off by a 17-yard touchdown from Davis Webb to Jakeem Grant.
The Sooners regained the lead with 1:22 left in the third off a Lacoltan Bester 35-yard touchdown. Bester got the ball off an end-around play left to right, seemed to pass the ball, pumped it once and ran across the field one more time on his way to the end zone.
After a Texas Tech score, Michael Hunnicutt added a field goal with 1:21 left before Webb and the Red Raiders had a final chance to score, but Webb was sacked on the first play and threw three incomplete passes to seal the win for Oklahoma.
Webb finished with 385 yards on 33-of-52 passing. The freshman came into the game having thrown for at least 400 yards in his first two starts of the season.
Oklahoma will have some work to do, especially trying to replace senior fullback and team captain Trey Millard, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury during a fourth-quarter kickoff.
The game was delayed nearly an hour and 10 minutes due to thunderstorms near the area.
The Sooners will have a bye next week before facing yet another top-conference foe and high-powered offense in the ever-fast, high-scoring Baylor Bears on Nov. 7 in a rare Thursday night game for Bob Stoops’ team.
As of Sunday, Oklahoma jumped from 15th to 10th in the latest BCS rankings.