Baker Mayfield got his revenge against Texas Tech Saturday. Big time.
Mayfield’s arm was responsible for some of the damage, but it was mainly the Sooners running game that grounded and pounded the Red Raiders into submission in a 63-27 OU win.
Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon combined to rush for 355 yards and six touchdowns in the win.
Perine with 201 and 4 scores, and Mixon with 154 and two TDs.
Mayfield, OU’s walk on quarterback who transferred from Tech, completed 15-22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
In all, the Sooners totaled 617 yards against the Red Raiders on the day.
An impressive effort for OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, a former Tech player and assistant himself.
Oklahoma’s defense, playing without linebackers Devante Bond and Jordan Evans, and starting corner Zach Sanchez, who was injured on the game’s first play, did a solid job against the Tech offense.
OU surrendered 420 yards and 27 points to an offense that was ranked number two in the country behind Baylor coming into the game. Oklahoma defenders also picked off Tech QB Pat Mahomes four times.
Frank Shannon started at LB for the Sooners. And Dakota Austin came in for Sanchez and did a decent job, getting an interception in the end zone in the first half.
Oklahoma has bounced back impressively since an embarrassing loss to Texas two weeks ago.
OU’s offense has shown more balance, the o-line has toughened up, and the Sooners have run the air raid with a quicker pace.
Defensively, Mike Stoops’ group has done a better job tackling, pressuring the QB, and making plays on the ball in the secondary.
Without Bond, Evans and Sanchez today was a pretty good effort against an explosive offense.
The Sooners get a two week breather with a game at Kansas next week and then a home matchup with Iowa State.
After that, it’s a three game gauntlet at Baylor, home versus TCU, and Bedlam in Stillwater.
It’s that trio of games that will determine the Sooners season.
The last two weeks have OU fans feeling like their team has a shot to win all three, with Waco being the biggest long shot against Art Briles’ offensive machine.
Stay tuned. It’s going to get interesting again in three weeks.