NORMAN, Okla. -- During the early hours of Sunday morning, the nation's longest home winning streak gave way to the biggest road victory in Texas Tech history.
And there was nothing bizarre about it beyond a 1-hour, 34-minute weather delay before the opening kickoff that prevented the Red Raiders from knocking off No. 3 Oklahoma in prime time on national television, as originally scheduled.
But the Red Raiders did not mind that it took more than 5 1/2 hours -- from the scheduled kickoff to the final play -- to put the finishing touches on a 41-38 upset that ended Oklahoma's 39-game home winning streak at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
With the victory over the Sooners, who were ranked No. 1 in the coaches' poll in addition to their No. 3 spot in the BCS standings, Tech (5-2, 2-2 in Big 12) prevailed as a 29-point underdog. The upset made Oklahoma the highest-ranked team Tech has ever defeated on the road, replacing road victories from yesteryear over No. 8 Texas (1967) and No. 8 Arkansas (1986).
"When you go on the road and beat the No. 1 team, it is really special... almost impossible to do," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "On a national level, you don't read too much about Texas Tech. You haven't seen much about them on TV. But I'll bet you will see it for the next few days and we will be proud of that."
He should be. So should the offensive players who were instrumental in racking up 572 yards and scoring five touchdowns against the Sooners' vaunted defense. So should the defensive players who held the Sooners scoreless for eight consecutive possessions after OU scored a touchdown on its opening drive.
The scoreless stretch extended into the third quarter and included a missed field goal, a lost fumble and six three-and-out possessions. By the time the Sooners lit up the scoreboard for the second time, they were behind 31-7 and headed to their first home loss since falling to TCU 17-10 in the 2005 season opener.
Tech's victory was more decisive than the final score would indicate, a fact Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops did not sugarcoat after falling to 75-3 in home games during his tenure at the school.
"They whipped us in every part of the game," Stoops said. "We were definitely outcoached and outplayed. The first half... it was really poor."
But it looked and felt great to the Red Raiders, who never trailed, controlled the trenches and won the turnover battle, 2-0. Tech built a 41-24 lead with 7:38 remaining before two late Sooners' touchdown drives narrowed the final margin, and a last-gasp onside kick failed. Tech, which surfaced at No. 20 in Sunday's BCS standings, held a 572-371 edge in total yards before OU's late rally.
Tech safety D.J. Johnson called the victory "very special" and said the performance "showed how much we've grown" in recent weeks under first-year defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow, a former TCU assistant who was coaching the Horned Frogs' secondary the last time OU lost at home.
"He spoke to us about it. He told us how he'd beaten Oklahoma," Johnson said.
Did it help knowing that?
"I'd say a little bit," said Johnson, whose second-quarter forced fumble against Sooners receiver Ryan Broyles proved to be a momentum-turning moment during OU's scoreless stretch.
Asked if he learned anything about defending Oklahoma in 2005 that proved useful Saturday, Glasgow said: "Nothing. Those are two completely different teams, two completely different situations. But any time you can go on the road and win a game like this, it means a lot."
It meant a lot to Oklahoma, too. The Sooners (6-1, 3-1) no longer control their destiny in the Big 12 or national championship race heading into Saturday's matchup at No. 8 Kansas State (7-0, 4-0).
Ironically, all three of Stoops' home losses in his OU tenure have come against prohibitive underdogs. Oklahoma State prevailed 16-13 as a 27-point underdog in 2001. TCU won as a 26-point underdog in 2005. But Tech topped both of those predecessors, winning as a 29-point underdog coming off consecutive losses at home.
Tech quarterback Seth Doege (441 yards, 4 TDs, no interceptions) did most of the damage, finding receiver Alex Torres for three of his four touchdowns and directing an attack that rolled for 329 yards and 24 points in the first half. When OU closed within 31-24 early in the fourth quarter, Doege led the Raiders on consecutive scoring drives (54 yards for a field goal, 74 yards for a touchdown) to put the contest out of reach.
"This is special for the entire team," Doege said. "A lot of people thought we couldn't do this. The people who are associated with Big 12 football didn't think we could win this game."
But the Red Raiders believed. They persevered. And they prevailed, ending the nation's longest home winning streak by pulling off the biggest road triumph in Tech history.
Follow Jimmy Burch on Twitter @Jimmy_Burch.
Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760