NORMAN — In a matchup of the two most successful programs of the Big 12 era, No. 10 Oklahoma plays Texas for the 110th time on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT in Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. For the Sooners, 16 of those matchups have come under the guidance of head coach Bob Stoops. During that 16-year span the Sooners have enjoyed historic success against their rival from Austin. Through all the unforgettable plays and legendary performances, the Sooners have registered some eye-catching numbers. Take a look at some of the key numerical figures that have defined the series.
OU-Texas: The Stoops Era
|Points Per Game||32.0||22.9|
|Yards Per Game||380.1||332.8|
|Rush Yards Per Game||141.8||120.9|
|Pass Yards Per Game||238.4||211.9|
No coach in Sooner history has had more success against Texas than Bob Stoops. With Stoops at the helm, Oklahoma is 10-6 against the Longhorns, giving OU’s head ball coach the most wins over Texas in program history (Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer each topped UT nine times in their careers). Stoops’ record includes a five-game winning streak from 2000-2004 and a three-game stretch from 2010-2012. The Sooners have won four of the last five meetings in the series, including a 31-26 decision last year.
The Sooners plant their flag at midfield after a huge 63-21 win over Texas in 2012.
During the Stoops era, Oklahoma boasts four wins of at least 35 points over Texas. In the 98-year history of the rivalry before Stoops arrived in Norman, OU accomplished the feat four times (1956, ’73, ’86 and ’87).
Stoops’ first such win came in 2000. The Sooners entered the Cotton Bowl ranked 10th in the nation and left with a 63-14 win over the No. 11 Longhorns thanks in large part to running back Quentin Griffin’s school-record six rushing touchdowns.
The top-ranked Sooners posted a similar score in 2003, winning 65-13. Quarterback Jason White tossed four touchdowns and piled up 363 yards through the air, while the OU defense forced six turnovers in a dominant performance.
Oklahoma was on the right end of lopsided contests again in back-to-back meetings in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Landry Jones led a Sooner attack that scored on its first four possessions and led by 24 at halftime. Jones passed for 367 yards and three scores, while the Sooner defense held Texas under 300 yards for the day and registered eight sacks in a 55-17 win.
OU’s offense topped that mark the next year by putting up 63 points. Running back Damien Williams ripped off a 95-yard touchdown run, the longest rush by a Sooner in series history, to help the Sooners pile up 363 yards on the ground, the most for OU in the Stoops era against Texas. The defense forced three turnovers and held UT to 21 points to cement the win.
Trey Millard hurdles a Texas defender en route to a 73-yard reception in 2012. The Sooners won the contest 63-21.
The Sooners have outscored the Longhorns by 145 points (512-367) during Stoops’ tenure, a career that has seen 16 Red River showdowns. Stoops’ 10 wins have come by an average of 23.4 points.
In 2000, running back Quentin Griffin racked up a program-best six rushing touchdowns to help lead the Sooners to a 63-14 win over Texas.
Under Stoops, Oklahoma is 8-2 when rushing for at least 100 yards. Conversely, the Longhorns own a 4-5 record when reaching the century mark on the ground. Stoops’ Sooners have rushed for 200 or more yards on four separate occasions and have topped the 300-yard mark twice (2004 and 2012).
One of the most impressive rushing performances in the Stoops era came in just his second game in the series. Running back Quentin Griffin piled up a school-record six rushing touchdowns and six OU ball carriers combined to rush for 265 yards on the day.
Griffin continued to torment the Longhorns throughout his career. In 2002, he piled up a career-high 248 yards and scored a touchdown that Sooner fans remember vividly. On third-and-goal from the six-yard line, with the Sooners trailing by three in the fourth quarter, Nate Hybl completed a pass to Will Peoples in the flat, but the ball was punched out and lay precariously on the three-yard line. Griffin scooped the ball up and walked into the end zone to give the Sooners a lead they would not relinquish.
Two years later, a freshman by the name of Adrian Peterson, hailing from east Texas, put up 225 yards on 32 carries to help carry the Sooners to their fifth Red River Rivalry victory in a row.
Roy Williams' iconic "Superman" play iced a 14-3 win for Oklahoma in 2001.
It hasn’t been just the Sooner offense racking up points in the Cotton Bowl. During Stoops’ tenure, Oklahoma has scored seven non-offensive touchdowns. OU has returned six Texas interceptions and one kickoff for scores.
Those scores played a key role in the Sooners’ 31-26 win last season. Running back Alex Ross returned a kickoff 91 yards for a TD and cornerback Zack Sanchez demonstrated his electric ball skills with a 43-yard pick-six in a game OU won by just five points. Both occurred in the first quarter.
The most famous defensive touchdown of Stoops’ tenure at the Cotton Bowl came in 2001. The Sooners led Texas 7-3 with 2:06 seconds left in the game. An OU punt had the Longhorns pinned at their own three-yard line and Texas quarterback Chris Simms needed a 97-yard touchdown drive to give UT the win. Just five seconds later, Oklahoma led 14-3.
As Simms dropped back to throw to his right, safety Roy Williams blitzed off Texas’ left side. Williams split the left tackle and left guard and then dove over the Longhorn running back and caused a short wobbly throw from Simms. The pass landed in the arms of linebacker Teddy Lehman who carried it in for the touchdown. Williams thus earned the nickname “Superman.”