NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- There is more in common between Texas Tech and Oklahoma than a quest for the Big 12 Conference South title.
The 23rd-ranked Red Raiders moved into the national polls with an impressive win over Texas and now set their sights on No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The winner will clinch the South title and play Colorado in the conference title game on December 7 in Houston.
Texas Tech (8-4, 4-2) has built a high-octane offense under coach Mike Leach, who was offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1999 under Bob Stoops before heading to Lubbock. Leach played a key role in the development of quarterback Josh Heupel, who went on to lead the Sooners to a national title in 2000.
Leach's prized pupil is Kliff Kingsbury, who threw six touchdown passes in a 42-38 win over the Longhorns.
Kingsbury flawlessly orchestrated Leach's high-risk offense, completed 38-of-60 passes for 473 yards and became just the sixth player in NCAA history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same season.
The surprising win puts the Red Raiders in position to advance to the conference title game for the first time.
"We just have to do the same like we did (Saturday)," Leach said.
A key cog in the offense is running back Wes Welker, who had 247 all-purpose yards last week. He caught a career-high 14 passes for 169 yards and two TDs, rushed four times for 40 yards and returned three punts for 38.
The Red Raiders may be catching the Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12 South) at the right time. Oklahoma had no trouble in a 49-9 win at Baylor last week, but the normally dominant defense showed some cracks in a 30-26 loss to Texas A&M two weeks ago.
The Sooners allowed Reggie McNeal to complete a bunch of medium-range passes, and that could spell trouble against a quarterback as talented as Kingsbury, who is making a late push for the Heisman Trophy.
"I know this," Stoops said of his defense, "they'll see a bunch of tape of Tech players going up and down the field on everybody. If that doesn't get you on edge, I don't think anything will."
But Kingsbury will likely oppose the best secondary he has faced this season. Both cornerback Derrick Strait and safety Brandon Everage are semifinalists for the Thorpe Award given to the top defensive back in the nation.
Texas Tech has its share of troubles on defense, allowing 30 or more points on four occasions this season. This week, the Red Raiders must contain Quentin Griffin, who seeks his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game on Saturday.
Oklahoma has won seven of the nine meetings with Texas Tech, including a 30-13 win last season in which Kingsbury was held to a season-low 234 yards.