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TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES
Weather conditions at kickoff: Clear skies; 53 degrees; Winds from the south at 11 mph
Today's game was televised nationally by FSN and marked Tech's eighth game of the season on television and their third appearance on FSN.
Texas Tech won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Texas Tech is now 8-3 on the season in the opening coin toss.
Texas Tech wore black jerseys over black pants.
Today's attendance: 50,479
Today's game captains were Austin Zouzalik (special teams), Baron Batch (offense), Marlon Winn (offense), Bront Bird (defense) and Daniel Howard (defense).
A total of 19 seniors were introduced prior to today's game - the final home game of their career: Jamar Wall, Ryan Hale, De'Shon Sanders, Trent Nickerson, Ed Britton, Brent Nickerson, Marlon Williams, Nate Stone, Sandy Riley, Austin Burns, Shawn Byrnes, Victor Hunter, Daniel Howard, Chris Wallace, Marlon Winn, Brandon Carter, Ra'Jon Henley, Brandon Sharpe and Richard Jones.
Number Change: Senior DE Ra'Jon Henley wore No. 40 today in honor of teammate and fellow senior Nate Stone. Stone suffered a season-ending injury earlier this season against New Mexico.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) Chris Olson, (LG) Lonnie Edwards, (C) Shawn Byrnes, (RT) Marlon Winn, (RG) Brandon Carter, (QB) Taylor Potts, (F) Baron Batch (Y) Austin Zouzalik (Z) Alex Torres, (H) Tramain Swindall (X) Lyle Leong (Defense) - (LE) Brandon Sharpe, (NT) Colby Whitlock, (DT) Ra'Jon Henley, (RE) Daniel Howard, (SAM) Bront Bird, (MIKE) Brian Duncan, (WILL) Marlon Williams, (LC) Jamar Wall, (SS) Franklin Mitchem (FS) Cody Davis, (RC) LaRon Moore.
TECH'S WIN. . .
Gives Texas Tech a 7-4 record on the season and a 4-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Tech is now 3-0 against the Big 12 North Division and 1-3 versus the Big 12 South.
Gives Texas Tech a three-game winning streak over Oklahoma at home.
Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 5-12 against the University of Oklahoma.
Gave Texas Tech its most lopsided win over Oklahoma in school history (28 points).
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 83-43 and makes him the school's all-time winningest head coach.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 46-33 against the Big 12 Conference.
Gives Mike Leach a career record of 3-7 against Oklahoma.
LEACH BECOMES WINNINGEST HEAD COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Former head coach Spike Dykes was in the locker room after the game to offer his congratulations to Leach on the record and gaining bowl eligibility. His message to the team "keep on keeping on."
Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach became the school's all-time winningest head coach this afternoon thanks to a commanding 41-13 win over Oklahoma. He surpasses Spike Dykes who compiled 82 wins between 1986-99. Leach's journey to becoming the school's winningest coach was a shorter one than his predecessor as he accomplished the feat in just 10 seasons. His all-time record now stands at 83-43 and 46-33 in the Big 12 Conference.
RED RAIDERS GOING BOWLING
Texas Tech's Big 12 record just got longer. For the 16th-straight season, the Red Raiders are bowl eligible thanks to today's win over Oklahoma. Texas Tech's streak of bowl eligibility is the longest in the Big 12 Conference and the Red Raiders will await their postseason destination on Bowl Selection Sunday which is set for Sunday, Dec. 6. Representatives from the Holiday, Alamo and Sun Bowl were on site for today's game.
"NICK" LEADS THE WAY
Armed with a new name issued by head coach Mike Leach, junior quarterback Taylor Potts took command of the Texas Tech offense this afternoon and led the Red Raiders to a 41-13 win over Oklahoma. Potts finished the day 35-of-53 with 388 yards passing and two touchdowns (one interception). The 388 yards passing was his fourth highest total of the season and the most since throwing for 420 yards at Texas on Sept. 19.
BATCH, TORRES HAVE BIG DAYS
Junior running back Baron Batch tallied a career-high 136 yards rushing while freshman Alex Torres racked up a career-high 163 yards receiving to help pace a Texas Tech offense that put up 549 yards of total offense against an OU defense that came into the game ranked No. 3 in the nation. Batch and Torres also set career highs in carries (25 for Batch) and receptions (11 for Torres). It's the second time this season Tech has beat a top 3 defense coming into the game (Nebraska).
OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS AGAINST IMPRESSIVE OU DEFENSE
The Texas Tech offense piled up 549 yards of total offense this afternoon and that marked the most allowed by the Oklahoma defense this season. The last time an OU defense surrendered that type of yardage was 550 yards last season at Kansas State.
The Texas Tech defense turned in one of its best performances of the season and definitely one of its best in the all-time series against Oklahoma. The Red Raiders held OU to just 310 yards of total offense and only 48 yards on the ground. Today's game marks the second time this season that Tech has held an opponent to under 50 yards rushing as the Red Raiders held Nebraska to just 25 yards on the ground back on Oct. 17. Oklahoma was averaging 150 yards rushing coming into today'
SHARPE MOVES UP ON SEASON SACK LIST
Picked up his first sack of the game late in the first half for a loss of eight yards and gave him 11.5 on the year.
Senior defensive end Brandon Sharpe moved into a tie for second place on the school's single-season sack list with Brandon Williams as his 2.5 sacks today gave him 13 on the year. He needs just one more sack to tie Adell Duckett's record of 14 set back in 2003.
Just two minutes later he helped bring down Landry Jones for a half sack to up his total to 12 on the season.
Put an end to Oklahoma's first drive of the second half with a solo sack of Jones to give him 2.5 on the game and his 13th of the year (ties Brandon Williams for the second most in a single season in school history).
Ranks second in the Big 12 in total sacks behind Von Miller of Texas A&M.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
The Texas Tech offense drove the field on its first possession of the game and got a 33-yard field goal from Matt Williams with 10:57 remaining in the first quarter. Tech scored on its opening drive for the first time since the Texas A&M game as the Red Raiders had been forced to punt on their opening drive in the last two games against Kansas and Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders are now 7-of-11 on opening drives this season.
Junior running back Baron Batch gave Texas Tech a 10-6 lead as he scored the game's first touchdown (his 11th rushing TD of the year) on a one-yard rush with 8:48 remaining in the first half. The touchdown was set up by a career long 65-yard reception by freshman receiver Alex Torres. The touchdown drive lasted just 1:54 and marked Tech's 20th scoring drive in under two minutes. He added his second touchdown of the game with 13:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Freshman receiver Austin Zouzalik helped give the Red Raiders a 17-6 lead with 4:58 remaining in the first half when he scored on a 21-yard pass from Taylor Potts. The touchdown reception was his second of the year and his first since the Rice game.
Freshman punter Ryan Erxleben's 55-yard punt late in the first half established a new career long by one yard surpassing his previous long of 54 against Houston on Sept. 26.
Texas Tech's lead grew to 24-6 with 10:38 remaining in the third quarter as Taylor Potts connected with Alex Torres for a 24-yard touchdown strike. The touchdown reception was his sixth of the season.
Junior cornerback LaRon Moore picked up his second interception of the season on Oklahoma's second drive of the third quarter. His last interception came against Texas back on Sept. 19.
Senior cornerback Jamar Wall tallied a career-high four pass breakups on the afternoon along with one interception.