It was the best of games and the worst of games.
No. 16 Oklahoma’s (5-2, 4-0 in the Big 12) offense raced up and down the field on Texas Tech and scored 66 points. Unfortunately, the Red Raider offense scored at will against the Sooners with 59 points.
“I was very disappointed in our effort and our coaching,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “It’s unacceptable. It’s disappointing, when we thought we were making some improvements, to really fall on our face like this. We’ve got to re-evaluate a lot of things we’re doing … it’s not good football by anybody’s imagination.”
OU hosts Kansas (1-6, 0-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. and then travels to Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) for a rare Thursday night game on November 3. The Sooners look to be 7-2 and 6-0 in the Big 12 before closing at home against No. 8 Baylor and Oklahoma State and a road game against No. 10 West Virginia.
OU and Tech unofficially broke or tied seven major college records. Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was responsible for 819 yards of total offense. The two teams combined for 1,708 yards of total offense. Mahomes and OU quarterback Baker Mayfield combined for 1,382 yards of offense.
Mayfield had a career-high 545 passing yards on 27-36 passing with a school-record seven touchdown passes and no interceptions. Mayfield’s seven passing TDs set the single-game school record. The previous record was set by Landry Jones who passed for six TDs twice, the first time against Tulsa in 2009 and then again against West Virginia in 2012.
OU back Joe Mixon, who was playing without fellow back Samaje Perine (who is injured), accounted for 377 all-purpose yards, the most by an major college player this season and the fourth most in Big 12 history.
Mixon rushed the ball 31 times for a career-high 263 yards (most by a Big 12 player this year and sixth most in school history; 8.5 average) and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 114 yards (28.5 average) and three TDs. The three receiving TDs set a record for an OU running back.
Mixon is the only FBS player this year to score at least two rushing TDs and two receiving TDs in one game. Since 1996, he is one of only two FBS players to register three receiving TDs and two rushing TDs in one game.
Mixon became the first player in OU history to log 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game. Only one other Sooner had ever registered a 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving game (Steve Sewell vs. Kansas State in 1984).
“His performance was absolutely incredible. Tired as well, not having his usual mate Samaje (Perine) to rotate with, but still turned it on,” OU coach Bob Stoops said during his teleconference. “His versatility, I’ve never been around a guy that can do the things, so many things that he can do and do it effortlessly, really. Catching the ball, route running, getting behind linebackers, sure-handed and then the runs, the cuts and the power … He can do everything, really.”
Mixon and Mahomes were named co-offensive players of the week in the pass-happy Big 12. Mahomes passed for 734 yards – tying an NCAA single-game record. He rushed for a career high 85 yards. Mahomes leads the nation in passing yardage (3,313), 682 yards more than No. 2 Eric Dungey of Syracuse.
OU receiver Dede Westbrook had nine catches for 202 yards, the sixth most ever by a Sooner in a single game, and two touchdowns. He also added a two point conversion.
Westbrook has 776 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns over the last four games, breaking his own school records in those categories for a four-game span. Westbrook logged 625 yards and eight TDs in the Sooners’ previous four games (Ohio State, TCU, Texas, Kansas State). He had 743 yards total in 2015.
Westbrook is fifth in the nation in receiving yardage.
On the other hand, OU ranked No. 126 in the nation in pass defense, surrendering 342 yards per game. Only Western Kentucky and Arizona State give up more yards to passers than the Sooners. Opposing passes are completing 58 percent of their attempts against the Sooner secondary.
OU is scoring 43.9 points per game and allowing 36 points.
“I know we’re capable of finishing the play instead of sticking behind a guy, step in front, knock the ball down, intercept it, whatever it may be,” Bob Stoops said Monday. “In a lot of cases, we’re in a lot of good positions, but we’ve got to complete the play. I believe we can. We’ll just have to keep pushing for that and challenge the guys to be more aggressive in what they’re doing.”
Stoops said the lack of defense against Texas Tech did not put his brother’s job in jeopardy.
“That’s not true,” Stoops said. “It’s the same coordinator that also we led the league in every defensive category a year ago and made it to the final four. We’re not running a new defense. He didn’t bring in something different. It’s the same defense. If it’s worked before, it’ll work again, and I’ve got confidence in it. And I’m also part of what we’re doing.”
Against OSU, Kansas coach David Beaty used Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis at quarterback in a 44-20 loss to the Cowboys.“Montell did a really nice job,” said Beaty. “He did a nice job of managing the game, and that’s really what we’re looking for. He did everything I really had asked him to do in this ballgame.”
He is expected to start against OU Saturday. “He is my guy against Oklahoma,” Beaty said. “But the rest of them better get ready to play, because you’re one snap away from being the starter. So he’s no different than any other position.”
Cozart is ready for the challenge. “That’s a big one,” Cozart said. “Going down there to Norman, Oklahoma’s a great team. We just have to study and believe. Hopefully (we’ll) go down there and be in the game and hopefully get the upset on the road.”
Wide receiver Steven Sims, Jr., of Kansas desperately wants to upset the Sooners. “We’re starving,” Sims said. “We want to get that win so badly in the Big 12 because the win over Rhode Island was a win, but we want to beat a team in our conference to prove to everybody that we can beat a DI AA or DI A team too.”