Oklahoma football: Four intriguing story lines for OU-Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Baker Mayfield
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Baker Mayfield /
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Saturday’s game with Texas Tech is quarterback Baker Mayfield’s third against his former team. He is 2-0 in his two starts against the Red Raiders, and Oklahoma has averaged 64 points in the two games with Mayfield leading the offense. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist understandingly seems to turn it up a notch when he goes up against his old team.

Mayfield was a freshman at Texas Tech when the Red Raiders played at Oklahoma in 2013, but he did not play in the game. He was the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders, the first to do so as a freshman walk-on, but was injured in Game 5 that season against Kansas.

Texas Tech won all five of Mayfield’s starts to begin the 2013 season. He did not return to action from the injury for a month. During the time Mayfield was out injured, the Red Raiders played at Oklahoma. Davis Webb, a fellow freshman, was the starter for Texas Tech in the 2013 game with Oklahoma. The game was close, but the Sooners held on late for a 38-30 victory and handed the Red Raiders their first loss of the season after a 7-0 start.

Mayfield sat out the 2014 season by NCAA transfer rule. In his first game against his former team, in 2015, he threw two touchdown passes in a 63-27 Oklahoma victory. And last season, in an offensive three-ring circus at Texas Tech, he threw a phenomenal seven touchdown passes in a shootout won 66-59 by the visiting Sooners.

Mayfield will get an opportunity on Saturday to complete a hat trick against his old team, beating the Red Raiders for a third straight season, and register Oklahoma’s sixth consecutive victory over Texas Tech.