Texas Tech defeats Louisiana-Monroe 86-67
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) —
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) —The fans in Oklahoma’s largest home crowd ever started jumping up and down, and the players joined in on the sidelines. The lopsided victory against one of the nation’s few remaining undefeated teams had vaulted the Sooners back into the national championship picture.
The last time Texas Tech visited Norman, it produced memories that could last a lifetime for Oklahoma’s players.
“We really came out and dominated that game,” said linebacker Travis Lewis, who recalls jumping along with the fans when “Jump Around” blared over the loudspeaker with the Sooners up five touchdowns in the first half. “To this day, I’ve played in a national championship, Big 12 championships. It’s the best game I’ve played in.”
That 65-21 blowout by the Sooners two years ago forged a three-way tie between Oklahoma, Texas and the previously unbeaten Red Raiders atop the Big 12 South. Oklahoma would end up ahead in the tiebreaker and play for the conference and national titles.
“It was great to see the fans and everything just go at it. That’s one of the few games I’m going to really remember just because everybody got into it. It was such a lot of fun,” Sooners offensive tackle Eric Mensik said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to repeat that.”
Texas Tech got its revenge last year by walloping Oklahoma 41-13 in Lubbock — punctuated by its own rendition of “Jump Around.” That continued a trend of wins by the home team in the series each of the past six years.
“The last time we played them, we went to their house and they put a whoopin’ to us,” Mensik said. “You can’t just go and play some team thinking that you’re going to win. It’s not like that. You’ve got to prepare and you’ve got to be sound.”
The Sooners (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) have lost both times they’ve played at an opponent’s stadium this season, including a 33-19 defeat at Texas A&M last week, while winning 35 in a row on Owen Field for the nation’s longest home winning streak.
“Oklahoma hasn’t lost a game at home in a long, long time, but it’s time we go play and continue to play the way we’re playing,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “Get a little bit more consistent and see what happens.”
The Red Raiders (5-4, 3-4) beat Missouri last week for their first victory over a ranked team under Tuberville, and they’ll playing in their fifth road game this season having split the previous four.
“We’re pretty much road-tested, but it’s an obvious advantage anywhere you go — not just Oklahoma. If you look at all the teams across the country, the home-field advantage is huge in college football,” Tuberville said.
“You’ve just got to go in and play your game. I talked to the players about it, and there’s not been much success of Texas Tech or anybody going to Norman in the last three or four or five years. We’ll just go try to play our game and really not worry about it.”
Tuberville has said Taylor Potts will return as the starter after he threw three touchdown passes in relief of Steven Sheffield for a come-from-behind victory a week ago. Potts threw for 388 yards and two touchdowns against the Sooners last year.
“I thought we were a great defense last year. I thought we played good practically the whole year, except for that game,” Lewis said. “It’s disappointing, but it’s something you can learn from.”
Updated November 12, 2010