Tech dashes OU's national title hopes with upset win

LUBBOCK, Texas -- OU is out.

Graham Harrell and Texas Tech knocked No. 3 Oklahoma out of the national title chase Saturday night with a 34-20 victory.

Harrell threw for 420 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders and for the 11th time this season a top-five team lost to an unranked team.

Tech fans stormed the field after the win, the second straight in Lubbock for coach Mike Leach over Sooners coach Bob Stoops, his former boss at OU.

With Oregon losing on Thursday, the Sooners, who were fourth in the latest BCS standings, appeared to be in good shape to play for a national title if they could have won out.

But the Sooners (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) failed to get on track after quarterback Sam Bradford left the game in the first quarter with an apparent concussion. He did not return.

Oklahoma offense came up feeble on all fronts, falling short of its season averages in rushing and scoring.

The loss put OU in a tie with No. 12 Texas for the Big 12 South title, but the Sooners have the head-to-head edge, having beaten the Longhorns in October.

The Red Raiders (8-4, 4-4) had never beaten a team as highly ranked. In 2002, Tech beat No. 4 Texas 42-38 in Lubbock.


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