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Mayfield and Mixon Saves Stoops’ Defense in Victory

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Mayfield and Mixon Saves Stoops’ Defense in Victory

1,708 yards, 75 first downs, 124 passing attempts, and 45 minutes of no defense. Those numbers tell a story, and the story was pass first, score second, and be the last team with the ball. Yes, Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 66-59, but even in victory, it’s hard for some OU faithful to not be a little embarrassed by the defensive performance. Everyone already knew that Tech’s defense was a joke, but the way their quarterback racked up 734 yards on 88 passing attempts against a Sooner defense is incomparable. Patrick Mahomes looked like the NFL-ready quarterback he is supposed to be, and Mayfield definitely gave him a run for his money. Baker finished with 545 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, and didn’t throw an interception all night. Great numbers, but when playing against an atrocious defense, not something that really makes someone double-take. You might as well have dropped a middle school’s defense off at Jones Stadium and let them play both team’s defense!
Regardless of the poor defense, no one may have had a better night than Joe Mixon did. The OU tailback scored 2 touchdowns on the ground, and 3 via the air to go along with 377 total yards. Mixon averaged 28.5 yards a reception and 8.5 yards per carry on the ground without a turnover, and looked like a man on a mission to run over every Texas Tech defender in his path. But with so many yards passing, there was obviously a standout receiver for the Sooners, and once again, it was Dede Westbrook. The speedster caught 9 passes for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns to help Baker reach his 7 TD mark. It was a good thing both of these players showed out for OU, because if that Lincoln Riley offense had gotten stagnant for any reason, Mike Stoops’ defense would definitely have not kept them in the game for very long.
As the Sooners celebrate another win on the year, don’t think that they don’t feel West Virginia and Baylor breathing down their neck. Those defenses, are not Texas Tech, and they do have the ability to stop OU if they play up to par. If scoring ever becomes an issue against either of those opponents, we could be sitting here on November 13th and November 20th talking about the Sooners getting routed the day after they play the Bears and Mountaineers. But for now, the Sooners have a week to prepare for a Kansas team that are still looking for their first Big 12 win in the last 2 years. If Mayfield, Mixon, or Westbrook’s stats don’t look even close to what they are tonight, you have the right to be shocked. Kansas has an okay defense, but an offense that has struggled for 730 days, so don’t expect the Jayhawks to pose much of a threat. Just something to think about as the Sooners continue to fight for Big 12 dominance.

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