NORMAN — Oklahoma had more-than-ample offensive fireworks over the first 48-plus minutes of Saturday’s 49-27 beatdown of Texas Tech.
The Sooners had penetrated the red zone six times, all culminating in touchdowns.
Mix in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to CeeDee Lamb, and the Sooners had 49 points through three quarters.
But one of OU’s best highlights came in the scoreless fourth quarter. Lincoln Riley’s squad ran off the final 11:16 in an 18-play drive to the Red Raider 34.
If Oklahoma is to keep its playoff hopes alive, it must repeat that physical presence when it battles Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater.
West Virginia, which entered Saturday’s game versus Oklahoma State with the fifth-best rushing offense (175.4 yards per game) in the Big 12, produced 62 yards on 30 carries in a 50-39 loss which wasn’t that close.
The Cowboys also controlled the trenches on the offensive side with 246 rushing yards.
Oklahoma, prior to Saturday, was No. 1 on the Big 12 rushing charts at 199.4 yards per contest. OU then mauled Tech for 336 yards. Through its previous seven games, Tech was surrendering just 134.9 yards a game.
OSU and OU are 1-2 respectively in the conference’s total offense category. OSU is fourth in rushing defense, and the Sooners are seventh.
Statistically speaking, Bedlam should be a scoring eruption. OSU has posted a Big 12-best 356 points while OU is second at 343.
OSU’s defense has limited three of its last four foes to 62 yards rushing or less. But Oklahoma’s offensive line is the best the Pokes have encountered.
Oklahoma’s defense was horrific at the outset of both the Kansas State and Texas Tech games. Kansas State jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first 20 minutes, only to lose 42-35. Tech rolled up 226 yards and three touchdowns on its first three possessions before being limited to 211 yards and one touchdown over the final 47:41.
It’s been a Jekyl and Hyde experience for the Sooner defense.
Oklahoma is 10-2 against Mike Gundy with the Sooner losses coming in 2011 (44-10) and 2014 (38-35).
• Oklahoma recorded 617 total yards, marking the fifth time this season it surpassed the 600-yard mark.
• Lamb, with TD receptions of 24 and 14 yards, has six scoring catches as a true freshman. In OU’s 38-31 setback to Iowa State, Lamb missed the last three quarters with an injury.
• Mayfield has completed 171 of 236 passes for 23 touchdowns and three interceptions through eight games. He has made life miserable for Tech, his former team, by connecting on 64 of 92 passes for 1,038 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
• Oklahoma moved up two spots to eighth in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Cowboys remained at No. 11, one spot ahead of TCU, which fell from No. 4 after being upset 14-7 at Iowa State. The Cyclones jumped all the way from No. 25 to No. 14.
• Iowa State, in five Big 12 games, has surrendered just 68 points, a 13.6 average. Only the Sooners have scored more than 17 points against the Cyclones.
• Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU and Iowa State are bowl eligible. West Virginia, with five wins, needs one more victory to join that list. Kansas State, Texas and Texas Tech, all at 4-4, have four games remaining to reach the six-win mark and go bowling.
• Three NFL squads — Green Bay, Seattle and the New York Giants — were represented in Norman.
• Four Power-5 teams — Alabama, Georgia, Miami and Wisconsin — remain unblemished. Power-5 one-loss teams are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Washington, Notre Dame, Penn State and TCU. Michigan State, North Carolina State and Washington State dropped out of the one-loss column.
• Oddsmakers have listed OSU as a four-point favorite over OU.