Oklahoma senior QB Jalen Hurts is in the Heisman hunt and if he is to win the Heisman Trophy, his game against Texas Tech will be put in as evidence supporting his case.

The former Alabama QB balled out and torched the Red Raiders for 415 yards, 3 TD’s and a pick in just three quarters of play as Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 55-16. You might be thinking, 415 yards is impressive but others have done better. Hurts got his 415 yards on just 17 completions, an average of 24 yards per completion.

That’s just insane but if you look at some of Oklahoma’s plays, you can see why. In the first quarter, Hurts heaved the ball to Charleston Rambo, who caught the pass, got hit, and continued for another 30 yards.

Hurts barreled through at the goal line to get the score. Hurts also ran for 70 yards on the day, with that TD being his only rushing score.

CeeDee Lamb got the big play in the second quarter as he made the catch in the middle of a triangle of Tech defenders. He got out of that and ran it the rest of the way for the score.

The Hurts to Lamb connection came up big once again as Hurts threw off his back foot to put Oklahoma up 31-10.

Throwing for 308 yards in the first half, Hurts cooled off a bit in the second half but only going a quarter in a blowout, the Sooners weren’t throwing the ball as often. Still, Hurts threw for another 107 yards, connected with Lamb once again, and was subbed out for the fourth quarter.

As you can see in those long touchdowns, a good chunk of Hurts’ yardage was due to his receivers. Their ability to make plays after making the catch not only makes themselves look good but their quarterback look good as well.

For the sixth ranked team in the nation, defeating Texas Tech is great but their biggest test yet will be in a couple weeks when they face Texas in the Red River Showdown. A win there, with Oklahoma’s well-oiled machine of an offense, Jalen Hurts may have the inside track to win the Heisman this year.

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