- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Coming off a lackluster loss against Kansas State, Landry Jones and the Sooners have roared back with an impressive first half at Texas Tech to lead 24-13.
Stat of the half: The Sooners have been tremendous on third down, converting 5 of 7 third-down opportunities into first downs. Both of Jones’ touchdown throws have come on third down.
Player of the half: What a bounce-back game for Jones so far. He’s completed 16 of 25 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He had another long touchdown pass dropped by Justin Brown in the end zone. Most importantly, Jones has taken care of the ball and not turned it over.
What’s working for the Sooners: Jones and the passing game. OU has been able to get multiple skill players involved, including running back Damien Williams, fullback Trey Millard and dazzling true freshman slot receiver Sterling Shepard. So far, eight receivers and running backs have touched the ball.
What’s not working for the Sooners: Even though defensive coordinator Mike Stoops continues to dial up the blitz, the Sooners have not been able to get constant pressure on Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege. OU has yet to sack him and has knocked him down only once. Doege is too good a quarterback to give time to throw.
What OU needs to do: Even though they haven’t gotten pressure, the Sooners have made some huge plays defensively, including Aaron Colvin’s interception at the line of scrimmage that led to a field goal. If the Sooners can force Tech into a couple more mistakes, they should be going home with a victory.
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