http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/outex.jpgThe Texas Longhorns and their fans knew this game would show just how much progress the team has really made, after playing a relatively easy schedule in its first four games. Â After the game we feel that we can speak on their behalf by saying “there is still work to do.” Â The day belonged to the Oklahoma Sooners who showed up in Dallas and pushed around a young Texas team, almost from the first snap of the game. Â Sooner quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate Landry Jones completed 31 passes for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns with no turnovers. Â The 55-17 score certainly tells the story of how the game went for Texas, but the Longhorns did do a bit of this to themselves with turnovers. Â Texas turned the ball over five times in a rivalry game that rarely affords a single mistake, let alone five. Â Both Case McCoy and David Ash split time at the quarterback position as expected, combining for a total of 223 yards and one touchdown (Ash). Â In short, the match-up against the Sooners was just too much for the youth and inexperience of a Texas team that starts primarily freshmen and sophmores.
The bright spot in the game was a 100 yard kickoff return by Fozzy Whitaker, which tied the school record set by Johnny Lam Jones in 1978. Â Fozzy averaged around 7 yards per carry but the rushing leader was Malcolm Brown who carried the ball seven times for 54 yards with a 3.2 ypc average. Â Even giving up 55 points, the Texas defense played decent considering the challenge at hand.
With the Oklahoma win, the Sooners moved ahead of the Longhorns in all-time winning percentage Â (in third place) with only Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State ahead of them. Â The Longhorns need to regroup and get ready for a top 10 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys team that makes the trip to Austin and Darrell K. Royal stadium next week. Â The Oklahoma loss definitely stings but with a win against Oklahoma State, Texas has a chance to show the nation how resilient the team really is.