Recap: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma
Lubbock, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Samaje Perine racked up 213 yards and three scores on the ground as the Oklahoma Sooners rallied to defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 42-30, in a Big 12 Conference battle at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Perine carried the ball 25 times for Oklahoma (7-3, 4-3 Big 12), while Cody Thomas completed 10-of-20 pass attempts for 133 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions. Thomas also produced 103 yards on eight rushing attempts and completed four passes to Durron Neal, who finished with 57 receiving yards.
The Red Raiders (3-7, 1-6) came up short despite a strong showing by Patrick Mahomes, who finished with 393 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-50 passing efficiency. Devin Lauderdale made five grabs for 83 yards, while Ian Sadler reeled in four catches for 89 yards.
The only points of the opening period came courtesy of a six-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Jakeem Grant, which gave the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead 11 minutes after kickoff.
The Sooners evened the score at the 4:41 mark of the second stanza, when Perine rushed two yards across the goal line to conclude a 10-play, 80-yard drive. TTU responded with a four-play, 72-yard scoring drive which was capped off by a 59-yard pass from Mahomes to Sadler. Ryan Bustin's successful extra- point try after the touchdown gave the Red Raiders a 14-7 lead as the contest progressed into the second half.
Mahomes extended the TTU lead just over a minute into the third quarter, as he connected with Lauderdale on a 47-yard pass play for six points. The momentum then shifted to the Sooners, who produced back-to-back touchdowns to send the game into the final quarter tied at 21.
Perine made it a one-possession game by breaking away for a 64-yard touchdown run at the 12:04 mark of the third stanza. Thomas completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Neal nine minutes later to even the score.
TTU went back in front in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, as Bustin converted a 27-yard field goal try to conclude a 10-play, 65-yard drive. Oklahoma responded with three consecutive scores that put it out of reach. Thomas put the Sooners ahead, 28-24, with a four-yard rush into the end zone. Aaron Ripkowski added a one-yard rushing score and Perine registered another touchdown with an 11-yard rush across the goal line.
The Red Raiders narrowed the deficit down to 42-30 in the final moments of the game, as Mahomes found Dylan Cantrell for a 39-yard touchdown pass.
Oklahoma scored touchdowns on its final five possessions. The loss was the third in a row and seventh in eight games for TTU.Game Notes