Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners 55 – Texas Tech 16 | Defensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld


Oklahoma’s defense may have been up against a pair of backup quarterbacks on Saturday but if making life miserable for them was the goal then it was mission accomplished. The Sooners harassed Jett Duffey and Jackson Tyner to 12-of-25 passing for just 122 yards and no scores.

The Red Raiders were 1-of-14 on third down, and 1-of-3 on fourth down, while compiling a total of 314 yards against Oklahoma’s Speed Defense.

Defensive Line

Texas Tech found success on the ground, rushing for 192 yards and a score, on 37 attempts. While the Sooners were able to control the line of scrimmage defensively, they still found themselves susceptible to running backs getting to the second level.

Sarodorick Thompson averaged 7.38 yards per carry and was the beneficiary of the extra attention Jett Duffey garnered due to his ability to run from the quarterback position.

Oklahoma’s defensive line absolutely had their hands full on Saturday and their performance was far from a disappointment. Neville Gallimore recorded three tackles and two quarterback hurries, as did Marquise Overton, but his greatest moment of the day came when he forced a fumble while chasing down Duffey.

Overall Position Grade: B+


Kenneth Murray led the team with nine tackles and recorded Oklahoma’s only sack on the afternoon. Brian Asamoah was third on the team with five tackles and also recorded a pass breakup.

Jon-Michael Terry rounds out the third linebacker found among Oklahoma’s top five tacklers on Saturday. He was also responsible for a quarterback hurry and had an assisted tackle for loss.

DaShaun White also came up with Gallimore’s forced fumble.

Overall Position Grade: A

Defensive Backs

Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell was second on the team with seven tackles and Tre Brown’s four take downs placed him fourth on the team. Brown also had one of Oklahoma’s five pass breakups, with Parnell Motley and Pat Fields also recording one.

The most important of the pass break ups came from Fields who robbed Texas Tech of a would be touchdown resulting in the Red Raiders having to settle for a field goal.

Overall Position Grade: A+

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