Nov. 22, 1997
Red Raiders Lose Season Finale
Tech Falls to Oklahoma, 32-21
LUBBOCK--Justin Fuente passed for 218 yards and Seth Littrell rushed for two touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to a 32-21 victory over Texas Tech, costing the Red Raiders an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 Southern Division title.
Despite not participating in postseason competition this season, Texas Tech (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) was shooting for a Big 12 Southern Division crown. Texas A&M is 5-2 in the Big 12 South heading into Friday's game against Texas. Oklahoma State, which lost at home to Texas Tech last week, is 4-3 in the division and is playing at Baylor today.
Oklahoma (4-8, 2-6 Big 12 South) finished its season on a positive note following resounding losses to Oklahoma State (30-7) and Texas A&M (51-7).
Fuente's 19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Alexander pulled Oklahoma within 18-16 with 9:01 left in the third quarter. Alexander finished with seven catches for 121 yards.
Littrell then scored on a one-yard run to give Oklahoma its first lead, 22-18, with 46 seconds left in the quarter.
Jeremy Alexander, who earlier kicked a 51-yard field goal, booted a 32-yarder one minute into the fourth quarter to increase the Sooners' lead to 25-18.
After Tony Rogers kicked a 49-yard field goal for Texas Tech, Littrell scored on a 24-yard run with 6:08 left to seal the win for Oklahoma.
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