https://www.hornsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/uspw_6654344-1024×731.jpg The Sooners rolled Texas in the Red River Rivalry and gained a total of 677 yards of offense on the Texas defense. Photo: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
DALLAS — Texas was supposed to be back. Oklahoma was supposed to be down. You can throw all that out the window. The Sooners thoroughly and methodically demolished the Longhorns, 63-21, Â at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday as the Red River Rivalry turned into an old-fashioned butt-whooping.
Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, Juco transfer running back Â Damien Williams had 167 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run, the longest in Red River Rivalry history, and Blake Bell had four first-half touchdown plunges to add to the Longhorns misery. Fullback Trey Millard had a career-high 119 yards receiving, and a score.
Oklahoma (4-1, 2-1) showed incredible balance offensively tallying 343 yards rushing, 334 yards passing. And Texas showed their tackling woes have continued. Time after time Texas linebackers and defensive backs missed tackles, over-pursued, out of position, and just downright played uninspired.
Oklahoma out-gained Texas 677 to 289 in total yardage. Mike Stoops’ defense wasn’t bad either holding the Texas offense to one first-half first down, and under 80 total yards going into the fourth quarter.
“We got outcoached today,” said Texas coach Mack Brown.
No kidding, Mack.
Texas (4-2, 1-2) Â looked shell-shocked from the get-go. OU took their opening drive 75 yards, finishing with a Bell 8-yard touchdown keeper. On the extra point attempt, Texas’ Chris Whaley blocked the kick, and Quandre Diggs scooped it up and went 90 yards to make it 6-2.
On the next possession, the Sooners’ Â Williams would take an off-tackle handoff 95 yards to paydirt for a 13-2 lead, and the route was on. Blake Bell would add two one-yard touchdown runs in the span of 6 mintues, and Oklahoma was up 27-2, midway into the second quarter before Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz knew what hit them,
When Texas did get a stop defensively on the following possession, the Sooners pinned a punt on the one-yard line. The very next play, Sooners linebacker Tom Wort tackled Joe Bergeron in Texas’ own endzone for a safety, and a 29-2 advantage.
For good measure, Bell would score another 0ne-yard touchdown run right before halftime, giving the land thieves a 36-2 lead.
Texas got on the board first in the second half off of a Carrington Byndom 28-yard interception return for a touchdown, and giving Texas somewhat of a pulse. That momentum was quickly thwarted by a 8-play drive, culminating in a Michael Hunnicutt 36-yard field goal, and a 39-8 Sooner lead.
Both Landry Jones’ scoring passes came soon after. He hit fullback Millard for a 25-yard touchdown toss late in the third quarter, and a 14-yard touchdown strike to Justin Brown early in the fourth, with a Hunnicutt 32-yard field goal squeezed in between. But by this point, it was 56-8 and the game was well in hand for OU.
Texas would get two late touchdown passes from back-up quarterback Case McCoy, who filled in for the injured David Ash, who had a left wrist injury in the fourth quarter. He hit Mike Davis on a deep seam for a 44-yard score, and John Harris 19-yard scoring toss. Davis finished with 5 catches, 89 yards, and the one touchdown. McCoy was 5-of-8, for 102 yards and two scores.
When Brown was asked ‘how can you get this team to be more mentally tough?’, his response was priceless. ” I don’t know.”