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Saturday, November 22, 2008
3Q: Oklahoma 58, Texas Tech 14

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

NORMAN, Okla. -- Remember coming into this game when Texas Tech was being held as a cutting-edge offense that couldn't be stopped?

Somebody apparently forgot to tell Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and his Sooner defense.

The Sooners are turning in a vintage defensive performance, limiting the Red Raiders to 271 yards through three quarters in a decisive 58-14 beatdown.

Oklahoma's big performance is pushing us to the Big 12's version of BCS Armageddon. If Oklahoma lead holds, we'll have a three-way tie for the South Division lead with a game remaining. And a potential three-way tie after next week's games will mean the South Division title-game representative will be determined by the BCS standings after next week.

Tech didn't convert its first third-down play until 5:39 was left in the third quarter. The Red Raiders failed on their first seven third-down plays.

And Oklahoma's offense has been just as salty. Chris Brown has scored three touchdowns and DeMarco Murray has added two more along with a game-high 125 rushing yards. And Manny Johnson's scintillating 66-yard one-handed touchdown reception punctuated the Sooners' scoring binge -- one of seven scoring drives that have taken less than two elapsed minutes.

Oklahoma appears destined to score the most points against Texas Tech in the Leach era. The previous high was Missouri's 62-31 victory over the Red Raiders on Oct. 25, 2003.