If you didn’t get to see any of the Red River Shootout on Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns, look up Sooner RB Damien Williams‘ 94-yard touchdown run and that will sum it up.
The Sooners stole the show and quickly made some of the Longhorn fans file out of the Cotton Bowl, even before the first half was over. By the end of the game, 50 percent of the stadium had left and the score showed why, 63-21.
The Longhorns couldn’t get anything moving on offense and the defense was non-existent. It has many of the Longhorn faithful wondering, is Mack Brown‘s hot seat getting just a little bit warmer?
Bob Stoops is now 9-5 against the Longhorns and has dealt out 3 of the 5 biggest winning margins in the Rivalry history.
The Sooners ran the ball all over the Longhorns, with 677 total yard and 343 on the ground alone. Blake Bell and the Belldozer scheme ended up being a huge factor, with Bell scoring 4 touchdowns. Fullback Trey Millard had a major breakout game, having a career-high 119 yards and 1 touchdown. He was leaping over confused Longhorn defensive players like they were hurdles.
The Longhorn offense had a long day. They were held scoreless in the first half. The two points came off a botched extra-point attempt for the Sooners, with Quandre Diggs of the Longhorns taking it back for a blocked extra points score, making it 6-2 early.
The moment of hope for the Longhorns quickly diminished after that. The offensive touchdowns came in the 4th quarter from Case McCoy, who went in to relieve David Ash who suffered a wrist injury.
At one point in the game, the Sooners had 314 yards, while the Horns were sitting at 14. Going into the game, the Horns offense seemed like they may have been the x-factor with the way Ash had been playing. For the Longhorns the play calling, the effort and the want to win just wasn’t there.
The Sooners weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary in order to take control of the game, they played smart football, were making plays and only had one turnover. The defense was outstanding, holding Texas to only 13 first downs and picked-off Ash twice.
The pressure was constant and the coverage was spot-on. Besides the pick-six by Carrington Byndom in the 3rd quarter to make it 36-8, Landry Jones looked good. He was 21 of 37 with 321 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
This was a statement win for the Sooners the day before the BCS is set to come out. For now, the Golden Hat goes back to Norman and the Sooners get to claim the Red River for another year. The biggest question coming out of the Red River Shootout is, what is going on down in Austin?