All of the lines for the fried butter at the Texas State Fair on Saturday were clogged with Texas fans. Yet, the Red River Rivalry game was only at halftime.
But it was all but over.
At that point, Oklahoma held a dominating 34-10 lead over the Texas Longhorns and the second half would only make things worse as the Sooners rolled to a 55-17 dominating victory on Saturday.
Oklahoma led from start to finish and it was never much of a game after the first quarter. Oklahoma led 6-3 at that point, but scored on the first play of the second quarter and the rout was on. The Sooners scored 28 points in that 15 minute stretch and Texas never threatened again.
Many media members, including this writer, wondered how the Sooners’ defense would respond to new Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and his tricky offensive schemes and formations. To put it simply, the Sooners blew up everything Texas threw at them, racking up eight sacks and forcing five turnovers, three of which were returned for touchdowns.
It was obvious that the Sooners were tired of hearing about the Texas combo of young and new coordinators Harsin and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Instead, they relied on the veteran leadership of Brent Venables on defense and Josh Heupal and Jay Norvell on offense.
Veteran leadership won the day, both in the booth and on the field.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones picked the young Longhorn secondary apart like a picky eater picks every food item he doesn’t like out of a 20 ingredient casserole. It was almost unfair how easy Jones and his corps of talented wide receivers made it look.
Even the veteran safety Blake Gideon, a four year starter, looked lost on the Cotton Bowl turf and even got earholed by Kenny Stills in the first quarter for good measure.
It was a big statement for Oklahoma who has done nothing but drop in the polls despite continuing to win football games. There is no doubt that The Sooners are one of the best teams in the country and if they win out, they’ll be playing in New Orleans come January.
If Oklahoma plays like it did on Saturday against Texas, teams will need a lot more than an SEC label on the jerseys to beat them.