Run and Shoot: Upset in the making?

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Upset in the making?

LUBBOCK, Texas - With Oregon losing to Arizona Thursday night, the table was set for No. 3 Oklahoma. All the Sooners had to do to earn a spot in the BCS title game was run the table the rest of the way. Just ake care of business.

But sometimes circumstances dictate a team's fate, and the Sooners are finding that out the hard way against Big 12 rival Texas Tech. OU lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to an injury in the opening quarter and the Red Raiders took advantage by scoring 27 unanswered points to take control.

Tech quarterback Graham Harrell completed 30 of 47 passes for 284 first-half yards and two touchdowns. At one point, the Red Raiders scored on five consecutive possessions - after the Sooners had stolen a 7-0 lead thanks to a 63-yard interception returnn for a TD by Lendy Holmes on the game's first possession.

Joey Halzle, OU's backup QB, completed 4 of 10 passes after entering the game for Bradford, the NCAA's passing efficiency leader. Back DeMarco Murray was a bright spot for the Sooners, as he rolled up 67 yards on 10 carries.

Murray had 42 yards late in the half that helped set up a Garrett Hartley field goal that cut the halftime lead to 27-10.

Michael Crabtree continually frustsrated the Sooners with catches in key situations. He finished the first half with nine catches for 141 yards and a score.

If the Sooners hope to get back into this game and keep their national title hopes alive, they are going to need to give Tech a steady diet of Murray, which could help open some passing lanes for Halzle.

Also, the OU defense must find a way to pressure Harrell better than it did during the opening half, which took almost two hours to complete.

OU gets the ball to open the third quarter. If the Sooners don't generate some big plays soon, this one could be out of reach in a hurry.

Keys for OU.... Murray, Murray, Murray and an occasional pass to Malcolm Kelly, who is yet to catch a pass. On defense, they must pressure Harrell and create some turnovers.

Keys for Tech... Just let Harrell keep on keeping on. Give him time and avoid turnovers.

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