By Derek Brown
I’m sure that Oklahoma fans were not the only ones that were shocked at what took place in Dallas last Saturday afternoon. Longhorn’s fans were just as surprised.
The Sooners came in a 13.5 point favorite. Rivalry games have shown us and proved it on Saturday that anything can happen.
Texas came in with a 3-2 record with losses to BYU and Ole Miss. The Longhorns were unranked with two losses before getting into Big 12 play. Mack Brown said that they are still capable of winning the conference. Texas had also got out of Austin with a 31-30 questionable win over Iowa State. But with the way that Texas played and Case McCoy threw the football, the Longhorns might have an actual shot of getting the Big 12 title. I know that sounds crazy with the firing of their defensive coordinator after giving up 550 yards on the ground to BYU and a 44-23 loss to Ole Miss but crazy things happen in college football. One crazy thing is Texas beating the Sooners.
For Oklahoma they have to be embarrassed. No. 12 Sooners fell to a two-loss, unranked Longhorn team. Texas had also fired their defensive coordinator two weeks into the season. Oklahoma should’ve had a field day on offense with the Belldozer package. Texas gave up over 550 yards on the ground to BYU.
The Oklahoma rushing game was almost non-existent. Keith Ford had 34 yards on the ground and Trey Millard added 32. Numbers that you figured would’ve been much higher going into the game. Oklahoma ran for 130 yards.
On polar opposites Texas’ running attack was their staple. Johnathan Gray ran for 123 yards and Malcolm Brown had 120. Texas had two 100 yards rushers.
Blake Bell didn’t look very comfortable at all. Bell went 12 of 26 for 133 yards and two interceptions. No touchdowns. Bell also had -27 yards on the ground. Something that last year he was known for.
McCoy settled in and tossed 13 completions on 21 attempts. McCoy had 190 yards and two touchdowns through the air. His biggest mistake came late in the game when he threw pick six. Case may not be his older brother but Oklahoma made him look a lot better than he has looked in the past.
On paper Oklahoma had the better football team. The Sooners were much more talented than Texas was. But the Longhorns came to play. The Sooners looked like they thought if they showed up they would come out on top. Oklahoma’s perfect season came to an end in the Red River Rivalry last Saturday and Texas took another step towards a conference title.
In a rivalry game in Division I football teams have to come ready to play or crazy things happen.