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Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma 55 – Texas Tech 16 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld

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Quotes

“Great conference opening team win. We appreciate our fan base responding and being here for the 11:00 a.m. kickoff. We get that that is part of it but it was really a tremendous atmosphere in our stadium. We thought that our fans really responded and that meant a lot to our guys. That is just another way for us to separate ourselves and our program. I want to send our condolences and our thoughts to the family of Tom Collins at the Big 12. He has always been a great supporter and someone that has taken care of our program for a long time. He lost his battle here this weekend but we are certainly thinking about him and his family. I also meant to say this at the press conference on Monday but our feelings towards E.J. Holub at Texas Tech. He is someone that I got to know during my time there. I am thankful for every minute I got to spend with him. Guys think that they are tough now and some of them are but this is a guy that played both ways in professional football. I think that he had the world record for knee surgeries at one point. Heck of a man, not just the Texas Tech community but really football in general. We lost a giant in our game so I am certainly thinking about them and their family. Happy about the win. The guys played hard. I think that we are playing faster on all three sides. We are continuing to grow in some areas. Had some guys that had to step up for us in a few key positions. I thought that we got off to a great start and had some great momentum. I am extremely happy with some of the effort plays. Ones that stick out to me was Delarrin Turner-Yell running down the back. Looked like it was going to be a touchdown but he found a way defensively to stop and hold him to a field goal. Just a huge series of events. Then getting a stop there defensively. Fielding the punt then being able to drive that thing down, have a couple shots at the end zone, then gave (Gabe) Brkic who was tremendous today a chance to knock that field goal in at the end of the half. It was just another jolt. There were some great moments, a lot to get better at but we are excited to go play Kansas next week.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“I think CeeDee is a great player. He’s a baller, makes great plays. What quarterback wouldn’t want a guy like that on his team? I think he made some plays today, I think Rambo made some plays today, we had some diversity up front.” – Jalen Hurts on receivers CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo

“It really helped me a lot because I feel like I helped him a little bit. When he didn’t know anything, he’d come and ask me. He’ll call me, or like, he’ll just come knock on my door at that point. That’s a confidence booster for sure.” – CeeDee Lamb on his relationship with Jalen Hurts

“I feel like our coaches do a phenomenal job throughout the week letting us know what it’s going to be, what they’re going to run, this is how we’re going to defend it and we’re not going to change that. We’re going to lock in and be confident and do what we need to do. Just go out there and do us. I think coach Grinch he makes a real big deal on us knowing ourselves more than the opponent team knows us. So, you know, going out there and making sure that we know us better than they know and going out there being confident in what we need to do.” – Kenneth Murray on the confidence of the defense

“I feel like we are playing extremely well. Looking at this Tech game compared to last Tech game, of course there are different players, but stats wise from a defensive standpoint and what we held them to in passing yards is a huge step and huge improvement. There are a lot of improvements to be made and things to clean up, but we are definitely going in the right direction.” – Pat Fields on the play of the defense

Game Notes

• Oklahoma became the sixth FBS program to register 900 all-time victories (as recognized by the NCAA). OU has an all-time winning percentage of .725 (900-325-53).

• The Sooners improved to 37-4 overall as the No. 6 team in the AP poll, which includes a 23-2 mark at home.

• RB Kennedy Brooks, RG Brey Walker and H-Back Brayden Willis made their first career starts.

• Oklahoma has scored at least 38 points in each of its last 10 games against Texas Tech. It is the second-longest streak against an opponent in school history (OU scored at least 38 points in 11 straight games against Kingfisher College from 1908 through 1919).

• OU has won 35 of its last 37 games (.946) against Big 12 opponents dating back to the 2015 season.

• The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in 14 straight games and in 25 of the last 26 contests.

• The OU defense allowed Texas Tech to convert just 1 of 14 third downs.

• Saturday marked the 44th time in 58 games since the start of the 2015 season that OU registered at least 500 yards of total offense, and the 24th time in that span the Sooners topped 600 yards of total offense.

• The Sooners have topped 600 yards in every game this season . It’s the first time in school history to register at least 600 yards in four straight games.

• Saturday marked just the second time in school history that Oklahoma has produced two 100-yard receivers in a half (Charleston Rambo – 122, CeeDee Lamb – 118) in a half. The other time was in 1962 vs. Colorado (Virgil Boll – 143, John Flynn – 128).

• The Sooners held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the fourth consecutive game.

• Oklahoma forced a punt on its opponent’s opening drive for the fourth straight game.

• Oklahoma scored at least 20 points in the first half (34) for the 28th time in the last 32 games.

• The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in 40 of their last 42 games (29 and 28 in the others), and have won 38 of those 42.

Jalen Hurts

• Posted a passing efficiency rating of 249.0, his fourth mark higher than 245.0 this season. No other FBS player since at least 1996 has recorded more than two games of an efficiency rating of 245.0-plus (min. 18 attempts) in a season.

• Completed 17 of 24 passes for a career-high 415 yards and three touchdowns (also threw his first interception of the season). He rushed nine times for 70 yards and a score, compiling 485 total yards in the game – his second-highest total yardage this season.

• Hurts has thrown 12 passing TDs and rushed for five more through four games. He has three passing TDs in every game this season.

• Scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.

• Collected 368 total yards in the first half (308 passing, 60 rushing). It was the third-highest total by a Sooner in any single half. The record is 393 total yards by Baker Mayfield in the first half at Oklahoma State in 2017.

Gabe Brkic

• Connected on his first career field goal attempt, a 34-yard kick in the first quarter. He was 2 for 2 on field goals (34 and 33 yards) and made all seven PAT attempts.

Jadon Haselwood

• Collected 59 receiving yards on a career-high six receptions, including a long catch of 20 yards.

CeeDee Lamb

• Notched career highs of 185 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns on seven receptions (26.4 average). It was his fifth career game with multiple TD receptions.

• The 18th time in program history a player has recorded at least three receiving touchdowns. The last to do it was Dede Westbrook in 2016 (back-to-back weeks against Texas and Kansas State).

• Moved into to a fifth-place tie at OU in career receiving touchdowns (24), to seventh in career receiving yards (2,378) and into a tie for 10th place in career receptions (127).

• His 71-yard touchdown catch was OU’s longest TD reception of the season.

Reeves Mundschau

• Averaged 56.7 yards on three punts (170 yards total). All three punts were longer than 50 yards. It is the second-highest punt average (minimum three punts) in school history. The highest average is 58.8 yards on six punts by Tress Way (vs. Oklahoma State in 2009).

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