Blog Archive: Oklahoma vs. Texas

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OCTOBER 11, 2010

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6:06 p.m. | Final: Oklahoma 28, Texas 20
It is now official here in Dallas. Oklahoma downs the Longhorns, 28-20, to remain unbeaten on the season. Complete coverage:

Recap | Final Stats | Notes | Quotes | Photo Gallery | Central
6:04 p.m.
| Nervous Moment
We almost spoke to soon, as Landry Jones fumbled the ball as he rolled out on OU's third-down play. Oklahoma was first to punt and caught another break as Texas muffed it. Long snapper James Winchester hustled down the field to recover it for the Sooners.    
6:01 p.m.
| That Should Seal It
With all 11 Oklahoma players up at the line, Texas elected to kick deep and try to out-run the Sooners to the ball. The plan backfired, however, as the ball skipped all the way to the end zone, where DeMarco Murray calmly downed it. All OU has to do now is hang onto the football and run out the clock.    
5:58 p.m. | Texas Takes Three
Needing two scores to have any chance, Texas takes the field goal to cut its deficit to 28-20. The Sooners will now need to rely on their hands team for what will most likely be an onside-kick.
5:51 p.m.
| Elite Company
With his performance today, DeMarco Murray now has over 3,000 rushing yards in his career, becoming just the ninth Sooner in history to eclipse the mark. The last to do it was Adrian Peterson, who is in attendance at the Cotton Bowl today.
5:48 p.m.
| Three-and-Out
A huge stop by the Sooner defense, who held Texas to a three-and-out to prevent the Longhorns from building any momentum after taking over a short field. Landry Jones leads the Sooners offense back on the field with just over four minutes remaining.
5:45 p.m.
| Fake Fails
With Patrick O'Hara line up for a 48-yard field goal attempt, OU elected to try a fake. Texas had it snuffed out however and takes over possession. Oklahoma's defense needs to step up again.
5:42 p.m.
| Drive Alive
Facing a third-and-eight with the Texas crowd starting to get back into it, Kenny Stills comes up with another clutch catch to move the chains. He and Landry Jones have certainly developed quite a chemistry here early in the season. OU's quarterback seems to look Stills' way whenever he needs a big play.
5:38 p.m.
| Texas Hangs Tough
The Longhorns respond quickly to cut the defiit back to 11 points. Cody Johnson keyed the drive for Texas, catching a 33-yard pass over the middle to get in Sooner territory, then capping it off with a five-yard TD run. OU's offense needs to put together a few first downs here to at least run some clock so the defense doens't have to go right back out on the field.
5:27 p.m.
| Crimson Proud
The OU crowd is amped up after that last drive, sensing a victory may be within grasp as the Sooners hold an 18-point advantage here early in the fourth quarter. The entire Sooner bench is waving to the fans to assist the defense as they look to keep the momentum in Oklahoma's favor.
5:22 p.m.
| Murray's Acrobatics
We've seen it before, and DeMarco Murray does it again, somersaulting into the end zone to push OU's lead to 28-10. What an impressive display of athleticism from Murray, who tip-toed the sideline for five yards before leaping into the air, switching the ball to his inside hand and reaching out to get the ball over the pylon. Wow!
5:18 p.m.
| Another Record Crowd
Today's attendance was just announced at 96,009, tying the mark for the largest crowd ever to see an Oklahoma game, originally set at last year's OU-Texas game here at the Cotton Bowl.
5:13 p.m.
| Beal's Second Sack
Jeremy Beal delivers his second sack of the game to force a punt by Texas. Beal is having a good game in his last chance against the Longhorns with two sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Beal played high school ball just up the road in Carrollton.
5:08 p.m. | Defense
Oklahoma's offense just can't seem to get on track here in the second half. After a Tress Way punt pinned Texas on its own 10, the Sooner players are waving to the crowd for noise.
5:06 p.m. | Hammered
Ronnell Lewis dropped the hammer on Garrett Gilbert on that last play just as the QB released the ball. Coupled with the cartwheel tackle delivered by Tony Jefferson, Gilbert will feel this game tomorrow.
5:01 p.m. | Game in Balance
You sense that the game is at a critical juncture here mid-third quarter. A long drive and touchdown by the Sooners would seriously wilt Texas but a turnover and a score from the Longhorns would ignite the burnt orange. After a first half dominated by big plays, the game has slowed.
4:57 p.m. | Kenny Stills
This isn't going out on a limb: Kenny Stills is going to be a star receiver for the Sooners. The freshman has four receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. That last catch was a big one. You could sense the momentum shifting over to the Texas side before that first down. Nice throw by Landry Jones with the UT fans in his ear.
4:49 p.m. | Jefferson
Tony Jefferson cartwheels Texas QB Gilbert at the five-yard line to force a field goal from the Longhorns. Gilbert came down on his head but gathered himself and walked to the sideline.
4:42 p.m. | Halftime Stats
A quick glance at the halftime stats reveals Oklahoma with a whopping advantage in plays run. OU got off 57 plays in the first half to just 27 for the Longhorns. OU also had the ball eight minutes more than Texas. First downs: OU 19, Texas 6.
4:38 p.m. | Back to Action
The Texas offense is again in the OU end of the stadium here as we begin the second half. After a holding call negated a big play, ESPN is keeping its cameras on Mack Brown protesting the call on the sideline.

4:29 p.m. | Shade Seekers
With the sun blistering down, a large number of fans have headed to the concourse for halftime to seek a little respite from the heat. It brings up another important advantage the Sooners will have in the second half... Being the home team, the OU bench is on the shaded side of the field. The press box is already casting a shadow on three-fourths of Oklahoma's sideline. It should help the Sooners stay fresh in the second half.
4:21 p.m.
| Halftime Entertainment
Need something to pass the time during the halftime break. Check out some of the great OU-Texas moments from our video archives.
4:17 p.m.
| Alums in Attendance
Not sure if they've shown them on the broadcast or not, but a few famous Sooner alums are hanging out by the OU bench today. You can be sure Adrian Peterson, Phil Loadholt and Gerald McCoy appreciate their NFL teams having a bye this week so they could come watch the biggest game of the year.
4:13 p.m.
| Advantage Sooners
OU has all the momentum going into the locker room after outplaying the Longhorns in every facet of the game in the first half. Oklahoma holds a 103-yard advantage in total offense, has ran 30 more plays and has 13 more first downs. Check out the live stats for more detailed team and individual statistics.
4:03 p.m.
| Out-Play-Ing Texas
After Texas' last drive, Oklahoma holds a 52-23 advantage in total plays. OU's ball control has translated into over an 80-yard difference in total offense and more than an eight-minute advantage in time of possession. Those numbers will only continue to inflate as the Sooners march down the field on this drive.
3:58 p.m.
| Facebook Photos
We've uploaded some more photos from today's game to our official Facebook page. Click here to see more of the pre-game festivities, shots of the full Cotton Bowl and a few action photos from the first quarter of play.
3:51 p.m.
| Defense Zoned In
Except for the one big touchdown run, OU's defense has been solid throughout the day. The Sooners hold the Longhorns to just one first down on their latest drive to get Oklahoma's offense right back on the field.
3:48 p.m.
| What a Difference...
...a year makes. Remember last year when, in the absence of red zone go-to guy Jermaine Gresham, the Sooners had trouble punching it in when they got inside the 20 against the Longhorns. Problem solved as that last TD pass to Hanna looked very familiar to OU's red zone plan of attack from years past.
3:43 p.m.
| Jones to Hanna
Oklahoma does indeed take advantage of the short field, with Landry Jones finding James Hanna wide open in the back of the end zone. It's Hanna's second TD of the season and of his career as the Sooners push the lead back to 14.
3:36 p.m.
| Field Position Battle
After a short punt by the Longhorns, Oklahoma will start its next drive inside Texas territory. The Sooners have controlled the field position battle so far today and it's had a direct effect on the score. Mossis Madu's big kickoff return earlier in the first quarter gave OU a short field, and they took advantage with a drive that culminated in Kenny Stills' touchdowns. Let's see if we can do it again.
3:31 p.m.
| 50-50 Split
Not only is the stadium split right down the middle here at the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners are running an equally balanced offense. OU ran a total of 34 plays in the first quarter with a perfect division of 17 runs and 17 passes.
3:28 p.m.
| Beal Sack
With that sack of Gilbert, Jeremy Beal moves to No. 2 on OU's career sacks list with 25.5. Beal passes Dan Cody (2000-2004) who had 25. Beal is just seven sacks away from becoming Oklahoma's career sacks leader. Cedric Jones holds the title with 31.5 in his career (1992-1995). That play didn't make the video but check out a typical day in the life of OU's senior defensive end.
3:24 p.m. | Keep It Up
Oklahoma has out-scored opponents 63-20 in the first quarter this season. The Sooner offense has scored at least 14 points in four of its five games (Air Force).
3:21 p.m. | First Quarter
Texas dodged a bullet here at the end of the first quarter. The Sooners were attempting to convert their second fourth-down play but the Longhorns get the ball back on downs. With the end of the quarter, the Texas offense will now have to operate in the OU side of the stadium. They'll get some noise.
3:16 p.m. | Clutch Play
Fourth-and-one and Jones rolls to his right and finds DeMarco Murray just before the sideline. Replay is showing Murray was in for the catch and first down. Call on the field was catch, can't see anything that would cause the refs to reverse their call.

3:11 p.m. | Sooner Drives
Oklahoma has two methodical drives for touchdowns in its first couple of touches. We'll see if they can get another score on their third drive of the game. One thing is clear on this series, Mossis Madu is on a tear. We'd love to see the Norman product break one for a TD.

3:03 p.m. | Stills With Great Catch
Freshman Kenny Stills scores his first career touchdown in a sweet catch in the Texas end zone. Oklahoma up early, 14-0.
3:01 p.m. | Pounding the Ball
Oklahoma is attacking Texas right up the gut. DeMarco Murray, Trey Millard and Mossis Madu are pounding the ball. Great to see the offensive line opening holes for the ball carriers.
2:56 p.m. | Colvin, Millard, Macon
Aaron Colvin and Trey Millard made their first career starts against the Longhorns. Six freshmen and four true freshmen have started for the Sooners this season. Also, Pryce Macon made his first career start today. Adrian Taylor made his first start this season, 29th of his career.
2:54 p.m. | First Drives
Oklahoma first drive results in a TD for the Sooners. The Longhorns' first drive results in a punt. Good things early here at the Cotton Bowl. Texas attacked the perimeter of OU's defense going to the sidelines on its first two plays but OU's corners snuffed out both behind the line of scrimmage.
2:47 p.m. | Sooners Take Lead
Touchdown DeMarco Murray for the early, 7-0 lead. With 54 all-purpose touchdowns (43 rushing, nine receiving and two on kick returns), Murray is now second in program history with 54 and behind Steve Owens (1967-69) with 57. Before today's game Murray was tied with Billy Sims at 53.
2:03 p.m. | Sooner Fans Early
As is normally the case every year, Sooner fans fill their side of Cotton Bowl Stadium earlier than Texas fans. OU's side is roughly 80% full while the Texas side isn't 50% yet. One thing's for sure, it will be packed here in a few minutes with more than 96,000 fans.
1:47 p.m. | Pre-Game Snapshots
Check out our photo gallery we created on Facebook for a few snapshots from the pre-game festivities here at the Cotton Bowl. We'll be collecting more photos and video throughout the day and will update the gallery as we can, so stay tuned.
1:41 p.m.
| Fans Filing In
Just under an hour before kickoff, fans on both sides are starting to turn the Cotton Bowl into a sea of crimson and burnt orange. We were just down on the field to snap a few quick photos of the Sooners warming up. We're processing the photos now and will have them up on our official Facebook page shortly.
1:26 p.m.
| The Real McCoy
While OU head coach Bob Stoops and Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp were greeting each other at midfield, Stoops was grabbed from behind by the always entertaining Gerald McCoy, who's Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off this week allowing him to be present.

1:20 p.m.
| A Corny Tradition
The longest lines at the State Fair of Texas aren't for any ride. Fletcher's Corny Dog stands demand the attention of the majority of Sooners and Longhorns fans. While there's everything fried from Coca-Cola to Oreos, the corny dogs remains the staple of the fair. Nine coupons ($4.50) will buy one corny dog. Mustard and ketchup come at no charge.

12:39 p.m.
| Warming Up
OU and Texas players are on the field warming up. Not a cloud visible in the sky. This will be a warm one with temps expected to be in the mid-80s at kickoff. There are bags on all the seats in the Cotton Bowl containing complimentary sunscreen for the fans. Good call.
12:21 p.m. | Red River (Sibling) Rivalry
Plenty of households become divided during OU-Texas week, but a featured sibling rivalry also exists. OU women's basketball freshman Jacqueline Jeffcoat is the twin sister of Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. Read more about their relationship from Mike Baldwin's article in The Oklahoman.
12:06 p.m. | Cotton Bowl Field
A quick inspection of the grass surface at the Cotton Bowl leaves one impression -- hard. The grass is fairly well-manicured, but with its packed sand surface beneath, the field feels like the old Astroturf surface that was installed here until the late 1990s. Any bone-jarring hits in the game will be met with another heavy contact once the player hits the ground.
11:34 a.m.
| The Sooners have Arrived
The OU buses have pulled into the State Fair of Texas and have parked on the south side of the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners were the first team to arrive, just shortly after the Silver Spurs dropped off Bevo.



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