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Rhamondre Stevenson Has 3 TDs In Return For No. 24 Oklahoma

Rhamondre Stevenson Has 3 TDs In Return For No. 24 Oklahoma

Rhamondre Stevenson ran for three firsthalf touchdowns in his return for No. 24 Oklahoma, Spencer Rattler threw for 288 yards and two scores in about 2 1/2 quarters and the Sooners beat Texas Tech 6228 on Saturday night for their third win in a row.

LUBBOCK, Texas: Rhamondre Stevenson ran for three first-half touchdowns in his return for No. 24 Oklahoma, Spencer Rattler threw for 288 yards and two scores in about 2 1/2 quarters and the Sooners beat Texas Tech 62-28 on Saturday night for their third win in a row.

Stevenson made his season debut, along with defensive end Ronnie Perkins, after they had been suspended since before the Peach Bowl last season. They last played in the Big 12 championship game last year.

At one point, Stevenson revealed a T-shirt reading I’m back that he was wearing under his jersey. He ran 13 times for 87 yards, his third TD putting the Sooners (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) up 42-7 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Stevenson had a 6-yard score and two 1-yard TD runs.

Perkins had three tackles, two for losses.

Oklahoma scored touchdowns on six consecutive drives after Texas Tech (2-4, 1-4) opened the game with a 75-yard, seven-play drive. SaRodorick Thompson’s 5-yard TD run, after his 28-yard scamper, gave the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Rattler was 21-of-30 passing before backup Tanner Mordecai took over midway through the third quarter with the Red Raiders up 55-14, and freshman Chandler Morris got some late snaps. Theo Wease had five catches for 105 yards, while Austin Stogner and Jeremiah Hall had TD catches.

Henry Colombi, the former Utah State transfer quarterback, was 15 of 28 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his second start for the Red Raiders. He was 3 for 3 for 36 yards and had an 11-yard run on the opening drive.

Safety Tre Norwood had both interceptions for Oklahoma, becoming the first Sooners player with two in a game since 2016.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: Really nothing unexpected for Sooners. It was the 11th time in a row that they scored at least 38 points against Texas Tech, matching the longest such streak in school history (vs. Kingfisher College from 1908-19) Oklahoma has scored at least 28 points in 58 consecutive games the second-longest active streak is No. 2 Alabama’s 19 in a row. With No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 16 Kansas State both losing earlier Saturday, there no Big 12 teams left without a conference loss.

Texas Tech: Oklahoma had allowed only three points in the first quarter all season before the opening TD drive by the Red Raiders. Then came three turnovers, four punts and a failed fourth-down conversion attempt before halftime, and punts on their first three drives after halftime.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After its first game back in the Top 25 following a three-week absence, the Sooners will still be ranked and could even move up a bit.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma: home Saturday against Kansas, which has lost 15 in a row to the Sooners.

Texas Tech: plays Saturday at TCU.

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