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Playing its final game of nine straight to open the season before the Sooners’ bye week, No. 4 Oklahoma wanted to end that stretch with a statement win over Texas Tech.
So far, so good. The Sooners lead Texas Tech, 28-7.
It got started with back-to-back stops by OU’s defense. Shifted over to cornerback with the return of senior safety Delarrin Turner-Yell, sophomore Key Lawrence broke up the first pass attempt of the day from Texas Tech quarterback Henry Columbi.
Nice job to recover by Key Lawrence and break up the pass. pic.twitter.com/lnbhZI4Pe7
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 30, 2021
Later on, senior safety Pat Fields came away with an interception off a Columbi pass that redshirt senior defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas deflected up into the air at the line of scrimmage.
Isaiah Thomas tips it. Memorial.
Pat Fields picks it. Union.
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) October 30, 2021
Meanwhile, true freshman quarterback Caleb Williams put on an absolute show. Williams tossed four touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half against the Red Raiders.
It got started with this Houdini act to escape pressure and find freshman wide receiver Mario Williams.
Caleb Williams does something magical every week. Slips out of pressure, buys time and delivers a strike pic.twitter.com/1Xz9F8qDTe
— Josh Helmer (@JoshOnREF) October 30, 2021
Williams finished the first half 13-of-18 through the air with 268 passing yards with touchdown passes to Mario Williams, Marvin Mims, Brayden Willis and Drake Stoops.
In his first six quarters starting at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Williams has racked up 563 passing yards with eight passing touchdowns. The Washington, D.C., native also ran for a 41-yard score against TCU.
Oklahoma outgained Texas Tech in the first half in total offensive yards, 283 to 190. Defensively, the Sooners held the Red Raiders to one of seven of third-down conversion tries.
Tech did do a nice job corralling Oklahoma’s rushing attack. The Sooners rushed eight times for just 15 rushing yards.