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Texas stuns Oklahoma in Red River Rivalry

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The Texas Longhorns got some much-needed momentum today when they stunned the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl during the annual Red River Rivalry by a score of 24-17.

Be it something in the Gatorade or good old-fashioned heart, there was no stopping Texas today. After getting waxed by their Big 12 rival Texas Christian Horned Frogs 50-7 last weekend, coach Charlie Strong’s boys came out angry and focused against a Sooners’ defense whose pass rush was starting to border on notorious.

That did not intimidate redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard, who kicked off the scoring in the first quarter with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson.

Just a couple of minutes later, Longhorns backup quarterback Tyrone Swoopes fumbled the ball in OU’s end zone, only to see teammate Lorenzo Joe recover it for a touchdown to put Texas up 14-0!

But the Sooners were not a squad to go down quietly, as they blitzed and rushed Texas nonstop before finally getting on the board with a field goal in the second quarter, but still went into the half down 14-3. Texas got a field goal in the third quarter to extend its lead, but star quarterback Baker Mayfield led a drive that ended with a short touchdown pass to Dimitri Flowers to make the score 17-10.

But just when everyone thought Texas would blow it, they stormed right back. An 81-yard run by D’Onta Foreman set up Heard for a short touchdown pass to Caleb Bluiett to make it a two-score game once again.

But Oklahoma once again refused to roll over and die, picking and popping downfield on the ensuing drive to set up star running back Samaje Perine for a 1-yard run to make it 24-17 and when Texas went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, the Sooners appeared prime to play upset spoiler in Dallas.

Mayfield got the Sooners a first down on that drive, but then the Longhorns’ stampede began. Malik Jefferson got a clutch sack for a loss of eight yards, and Naashon Hughes and Poona Ford combined for another on on the very next play for a loss of 13 yards. Oklahoma punted away, Texas got a first down on their drive, and the final nail was driven into the coffin. Of course, Texas celebrated by giving Coach Strong a crowd surf.

There’s no way to dance around this. Oklahoma looked absolutely terrible from start to finish today, be it out of cockiness over playing a tailspinning Texas team or just bad luck. The Sooners were only 3 of 12 on third down and had 278 total yards to Texas’ 368. To add insult to injury, Texas only had 55 pass yards on the day compared to 313 on the ground.

Also helping Texas was the fact that its defense managed to sack Mayfield an eye-popping six times, making the Sooners’ offensive line look foolish from start to finish. Needless to say, Oklahoma can look forward to falling out of the Top 10 when tomorrow’s AP Poll is released.

Texas is now at 2-4 (1-2 Big 12) and will enjoy a bye week before hosting Kansas State on October 24. Oklahoma drops to 4-1 (1-1 Big 12) and visits Kansas State in Manhattan next weekend.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports

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