Primer on the history of the Oklahoma-Texas Tech series

The Oklahoma Football Sooners will wrap up the 2022 regular season on Saturday night on the plains of West Texas against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

One thing you can generally count on when these two Big 12 foes come together, there should be quite the air show and plenty of points put on the scoreboard.

This will be Oklahoma’s 10th trip to Lubbock, Texas, since 2001. The Sooners have won the last 10 games in the series with Texas Tech and are 7-3 in the final games in Lubbock. The average score in the last 10 Oklahoma visits to Texas Tech was 40.9 to 31.9 in favor of the Sooners.

Overall, Oklahoma holds a 23-6 record against Texas Tech. The two teams did not meet for the first time until 1992. That game was played at Texas Tech and OU won 34-9. The Sooners and Red Raiders met again the following season in the John Hancock Bowl (also known as the Sun Bowl) in El Paso, Texas. Oklahoma controlled the clock and scoreboard in the postseason bowl matchup, winning 41–14. Previously, quarterback Cale Gundy was named the most valuable player in the game.

Oklahoma and Texas Tech played one more time, in 1995, before the Red Raiders joined the Big 12 starting in the 1996 season. In an atypical low-scoring game played at Norman, OU prevailed 17–11. The two teams have played every season since 1996. The Sooners’ Big 12 record against the Red Raiders is 20-6. Four of those six losses were in Lubbock.

The most memorable of a total of 29 games between OU and Texas Tech was in Lubbock in 2016, with quarterbacks opposing Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. The two teams combined for an NCAA record 1,708 yards of offense (854 by each team) in what ended in a 66-59 shootout won by Oklahoma.

Mayfield accounted for 564 yards of total offense and completed 27 of 36 passes for 545 yards and seven touchdowns. Joe Mixon had 263 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and a wide receiver Dede Westbrook caught nine passes from Mayfield for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Mahomes had a starring role in virtually all of Texas Tech’s bouts in the game. Now, of course, the quarterback for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Mahomes threw the ball an impressive 88 times, 55 of them, for an NCAA record 734 yards and five touchdowns. The Red Raider quarterback also used his legs and ran for 85 more yards and a pair of touchdowns.

That 2016 game was not only the best game in the relatively short series history between the Sooners and Red Raiders, but also one of the greatest offensive displays in college football history.

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