LUBBOCK, Texas - When Oklahoma left for its Big 12 road game at Texas Tech, the Sooners carried some reasons for concern.
The 17th-ranked Sooners had been downed by Kansas State in their conference opener and hadn't defeated Texas Tech in Lubbock since 2003. Add to that a sometimes-sputtering Oklahoma offense this season and Texas Tech's sudden rise to the top of the national rankings in defense and it looked like a trap for Oklahoma.
But the Sooners showed they're still a force in the Big 12.
Oklahoma scored on five consecutive possessions and safety Javon Harris' 46-yard interception return for a touchdown on the way to dismantling Texas Tech, 41-20, on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) came into the game giving up 167.5 yards per game and ranked atop the nation in total defense. However, the Red Raiders surrendered 251 yards and 24 points to the Sooners in the first half as Oklahoma took a 24-13 lead.
The Red Raiders forced Oklahoma to punt on the Sooners' second offensive series of the first half, but Oklahoma scored on every other possession of the first, second and third quarters. Texas Tech finally forced Oklahoma to punt early in the fourth quarter, but trailed by four touchdowns at that point.
Sooners quarterback Landry Jones led the charge, peppering the Texas Tech defense with precision passing that kept the Sooners moving. Jones completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
And when the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) reached the doorstep of the end zone, Texas Tech had no answer for Oklahoma wildcat quarterback Blake Bell, who ran for a pair of touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Seth Doege, who had thrown 15 touchdown passes to just 3 interceptions, was held without a touchdown pass and gave up two picks in the first two quarters. By the time Harris intercepted a Doege pass and returned it for a Sooner third-quarter touchdown, Oklahoma was waltzing to a win.
NOTES: Landry Jones' 13-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills in the second quarter gave him 100 touchdown passes for his career. Jones became the fourth Big 12 quarterback to pass for 100 touchdowns and 10,000 yards in his career, joining Missouri's Chase Daniels, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell and Texas' Colt McCoy. ... Oklahoma defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland intercepted his first pass of the season only to give it back to the Red Raiders. McFarland intercepted a Doege pass at the Texas Tech 17 and returned it to the 4 before fumbling. Tyson Williams recovered for the Red Raiders, who proceeded to drive 78 yards for a 35-yard Ryan Bustin field goal. ... Texas Tech set a new home attendance record with an announced crowd of 60,800.