NORMAN, Okla. – After an exciting triumph on their own Senior Night, the Sooners will now look to spoil Texas Tech’s at Jones AT&T Stadium. They go into this regular-season finale on a 10-game winning streak in the series and possess a 23-6 all-time advantage between the two.
Here’s a look at how to watch Saturday’s Sooners contest against the Red Raiders.
When: 6:30 p.m. CT
Radio: 107.7 The KRXO-FM Franchise Company
WATCH on fuboTV: CLICK HERE
The FS1 broadcast team consists of Eric Collins for play-by-play and Devin Gardner as an analyst. As for the radio call, it’s been all season and everyone’s gotten used to it for well over a decade, with Voice of the Sooners, Toby Rowland bringing it to you, and Teddy Lehman as analyst, Gabe Ikard as a sideline analyst and Chris Plank as a sideline reporter.
Oklahoma is now qualified for the Bowl for the 24th straight season after beating Oklahoma State 28-13. With a win this weekend, it can capture a successful campaign for the same number of seasons. The current bowl streak is the second longest in the country, behind only Georgia’s 25.
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Oklahoma offensively exploded out of the gates last weekend, amassing 28 points for the widest-ever lead in the first quarter of the Bedlam series. It set first-quarter records for total offense — 299 yards was the second-highest in a quarter in school history — and passing offense, with its 224 yards just six off the program best in each quarter.
quarterback Dillion Gabriel threw for a few touchdowns and ran for another while running back Eric Gray added another to his season total and now stands at 11. Gabriel, Gray and Sooner’s offense showed no signs of slowing down at this point.
But it was all downhill from there. The Sooners collected just five first downs the rest of the way and just two in the second half. They were stuck with nothing to add to their tally for what looked like it would be a laugh early on. Time management was an issue as the Sooners kept snapping the ball with excess time on the game clock despite a huge lead.
“We should have huddled the whole fourth quarter,” said the head coach Brent Venables. “But we try too [keep the pedal down]. The state of Oklahoma didn’t just come in here with that impenetrable defense. They had a defense that wasn’t consistently good and we thought there were a lot of opportunities. And what we didn’t do philosophically was stay aggressive in what we were doing like we were doing in the first quarter. And so we learned that we have to be more aggressive, especially in the third quarter.
“And in the fourth quarter we had to huddle together and take our time and let the clock tick down. Even though we let the ball go, things happened that we didn’t stay on the pitch long enough to better manage the game.”
offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby admitted so much.
“It’s 100% me,” Lebby said. “And again, that should really show in the last three to four series of the game. In these final four series of the fourth quarter, you have an opportunity to really shorten the game. But again, you look at the first two series, we get a first down and we have a 15-yard carry. Then we have the drop to second-and-5. And then obviously in the second series we have the drop to the first and ten and we can’t overcome it. That’s when Dillon actually slips on the QB draw, where he has the ability to have this huge chunk play that nobody ever sees because, again, stepping into the arena is just part of the game.
“But on the other hand, just way too conservative, you know. And then it’s my job to shorten the game there in the fourth quarter with the way we’re working.”
Despite this, the display on the defensive side of the ball was much better. This unit carried the Crimson and Cream to victory.
It hit the Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders four times, three in the first half and another late by linebacker TheShaun White largely sealed. corner back CJ ColdonDefender Jonah La’ulu – he nearly put his – and Defender back Billy Bowman intercepted the other three Sanders passes.
The Sooners were on the field defensively for 19 drives, and only three of those made points. The others were the four picks, nine punts, a pair of turnovers on downs, and a knee out at the end of the first half. Overall, they gave up 484 yards in 102 games, pretty impressive stuff.
“Just the faith and confidence that they played with and I think we did it, we started really well,” said the defense coordinator ted roof. “I think that has led to some good things. And we played free football with our offensive and special teams. But yes, it’s something that helps. But even that is just another step. We have to take another step this week and focus on getting better and preparing to play against a Texas Tech team, like I said, that’s really good at home.
“Well, we have a lot of work to do, but our boys, I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished. But there is still a lot more to do here.”
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It really is. And mindful of business, Oklahoma could be feeling a lot better going into the offseason than it’s been showing for the past few weeks. We’ll see if that’s the case.