NORMAN, Okla. – A storm front that moved through the area around 1:30 p.m. prompted a kickoff delay and a mid-game telecast change for Saturday's Texas Tech-Oklahoma game.
The game is being televised by FOX, which will air Game 3 of the World Series at 7:07 p.m. CST. Instead of 2:30 p.m., the Red Raiders-Sooners game was pushed back to a 3:46 p.m. kickoff.
Working in cooperation with the Big 12 Conference office, representatives of both schools and FOX, the decision was made to switch the telecast of the football game to FOX News at 6:30 p.m. CST.
In the Lubbock and Oklahoma City markets, the telecast of the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game will be carried until its conclusion in those markets.
The decision to make the switch was wise. Oklahoma's seven games have averaged 3:21 in length while Texas Tech's games average 3:41. Based on that, the football game finishing before the scheduled first pitch of the World Series was unlikely.
The few fans in the stands around 12:30 p.m. were asked to leave Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The National Weather Service advised that cloud-to-ground lightning was possible. The all-clear was issued around 2:30 p.m. with the new kickoff time allowing the teams a full warm up time.
Ironically, Texas Tech's last trip to Norman also resulted in a weather delay. A storm packing heavy winds, strong rain and lightning arrived just before kickoff, and fans were asked to leave the stands and take shelter on the concourses. The game got started after a delay of 1 hour and 35 minutes and kicked off around 9:30 p.m.
The Red Raiders went on to upset the Sooners, 41-38, ending OU's 39-game home-field winning streak.