Down Go The Sooners As Tech Hangs On
LUBBOCK, Texas - Evidently, Oklahoma did not control its own destiny. Texas Tech had something to say about the Sooners' future and so did fate, as quarterback Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game on a fluke play that left him with a concussion in the opening quarter.
In the end, all of those factors added up to a 34-27 Red Raider victory, which spoils Oklahoma's bid for a shot at the BCS national title game. The loss drops the third-ranked Sooners to 9-2 and more than likely leaves them on the outside looking in come January.
The Sooners still have the inside track on the Big 12 South crown, which they would clinch with a win over Oklahoma State next weekend.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech's win goes a long way toward securing a possible spot in the Gator Bowl. The Red Raiders got another huge passing performance from Graham Harrell who threw for almost 400 yards and two TDs.
The hosts led 34-13 heading into the final quarter, but needed two red zone stops against the Sooners to thwart a wild comeback attempt that saw OU close to 34-27 in the final moments. OU twice came up empty in the final five minutes, after driving inside the Tech 20, both times turning the ball over on downs.
Backup quarterback Joey Halzle connected twice with Manny Johnson on scoring passes in the finall 7:50. But Halzle could not come up with any Sooner Magic when he needed it on the two other drives, one of which ended with a controversial incompletion call that looked as if Johnson might have caught for another score.
The outcome should come as no surprise considering the way the current college football season has unfolded. Upsets have become the norm and Oklahoma finds itself on the wrong end of its second upset loss of the season.
Tech, which improves to 8-4 with the win, will wait and see what its bowl destination will be.