NORMAN, Okla. — The seventh-ranked Sooners have ripped off a pair of big victories since their lone loss of the season so far, most recently clobbering the Kansas State Wildcats 51-14 Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. That leaves them 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play.
“Recapping the Kansas State game, was, like we said Saturday after, just a very, very complete performance all the way around,” said head coach Lincoln Riley. “Going back and watching the tape, like a lot of games that go that way you know obviously a lot of things went well, but there’s still a ton of issues, ton of things that we’ve got to correct on all three sides. We’ve got a long ways to go as far as getting the execution to where we want it, but excited about our effort and excited about how physical we played.
“I would say one of the biggest highlights, too, would be in the second half getting a lot of those young players in the game, getting a chance to see some guys that haven’t played a lot of snaps. Got a few players in there that haven’t played at all this season. And I thought one of the bigger positives was, compared to maybe some of the earlier games where we separated as well, our young guys came in and played well and did a lot of really, really good things. And so that tells you guys are developing, guys are getting better and better as the year goes on. Some of those guys will be ready to help us here in the back half of this year or certainly in the future, so I’m proud of the way we stepped up.”
Next up are the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who the Sooners have beaten six straight dating back to the 2012 season. OU is 19-6 all-time against Tech, with a 7-4 edge in Lubbock.
“Obviously gonna be an important game for us going down to Lubbock, which is always a challenge, a very tough place to play,” Riley said. “I’m sure it’ll be a great atmosphere there Saturday at 7 o’clock. And Kliff’s [Kingsbury] really done a nice job with this team. I mean, they’ve really played well. The young quarterback’s playing extremely well for them right now, leading the Big 12 in passing. You know, he’s come in and he’s a talented kid, and he’s really taken to what Kliff and those guys have taught him. And so [he’s] getting the ball out, making good decisions. They’ve got playmakers like they always seem to have…Offensively, Texas Tech’s been good for a long time, and this year’s certainly no different.
“Defensively, they’ve made a big jump. There’s no question when you turn on the film this group is playing well together. The thing that you see is it’s a lot of the same names and same people that we’ve been playing against now for two or three years, and these guys have gotten better. They’re a very, very physical defense. They’re playing well together, a lot of experience, especially on the back end and then the linebacking corps.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT Saturday. Now OUInsider.com presents the depth chart for when the Sooners and Red Raiders go at it.
(Follow all things Sooners — take five seconds to sign up for our FREE Sooners newsletter now!)