Here are five takeaways from Oklahoma’s 55-16 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday:
Jalen Hurts’ big day
Despite throwing his first interception of the season, Jalen Hurts had his most efficient game as a Sooner on Saturday vs Texas Tech. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns, which was good for a QB efficiency rating of 254.7. His previous high was 253.6.
Hurts repeatedly found Charleston Rambo and CeeDee Lamb for deep passes, completing balls of 48, 65, 71 and 74 yards.
Hurts was also effective on the ground, running the ball nine times for 70 yards and another score.
On the season, Hurts now has 17 total touchdowns to go with 1,301 passing yards and 443 rushing yards.
Charleston Rambo/CeeDee Lamb long receptions
It was a big day for both Charleston Rambo and CeeDee Lamb.
Rambo got his work out of the way early, catching two passes for 122 yards. This grab on 3rd-and-long was especially impressive:
Lamb was more methodical, finishing the game with six catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns. His biggest highlight came when he spun out of zone and broke a 71-yard touchdown:
Oklahoma entered the week in fifth in third-down defense, and they built off that reputation on Saturday. Texas Tech was 1-for-13 on third down, which included multiple stops on third-and-short.
Other than securing turnovers at a higher clip, this represents the biggest improvement for the Sooners on that side of the ball. Oklahoma ranked 119th in the same stat a year ago, allowing opponents to convert third downs at a clip of 46.38 percent.
The Trejan Bridges experiment
Much was made this week about Trejan Bridges’ potential switch to defensive back, and he did get some game reps at nickel back vs the Red Raiders.
The results were mixed. He made a nice tackle in the fray, but also drew an obvious defensive holding penalty on third down on his first series.
He finished the game with two total tackles. Even if this experiment continues — and it likely will, given the Sooners don’t need him on offense — Bridges does not appear to be close to contributing in big games on defense.
Sooners get a takeaway
Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has prioritized turnovers so far this season, and the Sooners forced another one vs Texas Tech. DaShaun White recovered a Jett Duffey fumble in the fourth quarter and set up the Sooners’ final score of the day.
There were other opportunities too. Parnell Motley dropped an INT in the first quarter and a facemask penalty wiped away a scoop-and-score from Kenneth Murray later on.
Still, the Sooners are now up to six takeaways this season through four games. Last season, Oklahoma forced 11 turnovers the entire season.