Archived Blog: OU vs. Texas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 27, 2009

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2:56 p.m. | Tough Loss
Texas used a sustained drive early in the second half to shift momentum in this game and the story for Oklahoma again seemed to be injuries and missed opportunities. Settling for field goals in the first quarter eventually caught up with the Sooners. OU drops to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference play.
2:51 p.m. | Third-and...
Craig Moran of OU Athletics Media Relations mentioned that both teams have combined for seven of 32 on third downs. Obviously, this is a critical one for Oklahoma.
2:47 p.m. | Teams Trade INTs
After Colt McCoy gift-wrapped a turnover for the Sooners, OU backup Landry Jones tossed one back to Texas. Three minutes and 30 seconds left at the Cotton Bowl with OU's defense again called on to provide a stop. That was a deflating turn of events.
2:43 p.m. | Thriller in Dallas
A national audience is tuned in to watch this thriller between the Sooners and Horns. After the clutch interception by Brian Jackson , Oklahoma has a pending fourth-and-inches.
2:39 p.m. | BJ's Fourth-Straight
Senior Brian Jackson recorded an interception for the fourth straight game, marking the seventh of his career. OU has recorded at least one pick in 92 of the last 120 outings.
2:38 p.m. | Madu Returns
Mossis Madu had 108 yards on five kickoff returns marking the first such performance by a Sooner in 2009. The last was DeMarco Murray's 196-yard performance against Oklahoma State in 2008.
2:36 p.m. | Beal Ties Career High
Beal tied a career high with 10 tackles and recorded his double-digit game as a Sooner. The first came against Cincinnati in 2008.
2:32 p.m. | Big Stop
The holding call really hurt Texas. But a nice punt pins the Sooner offense on its own nine. Landry Jones will again be called on by OU to put a drive together.
2:21 p.m. | Field Goal
Holding Texas to a field goal on that drive feels like a small victory for the defense.
2:16 p.m. | Fifteen Minutes
Texas is driving as we begin the fourth quarter knotted up, 13-13. It's been a tense game for both sides. Plenty of turnovers where the bounce of the ball could have spelled disaster. The suspense is tough enough in any game but on this stage, with all the implications and buildup, it's unbearable. With the quarter change, UT is now driving toward the Sooner half of the stadium.
2:08 p.m. | Big-Time Target
Following a one-game absence, Broyles hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass and moved into ninth place all-time at OU with 14 career TD receptions. The sophomore has accumulated that total in just over a season of action as a Sooner. Each of the eight Sooners ahead of him have at least three seasons played under their belt. His eight TD receptions this season is tied for the sixth most in a season at OU.
2:05 p.m. | Madu Welcomes Broyles
Great to see Broyles back on the field and in the end zone for the Sooners. Both he and Mossis Madu have made significant contributions in today's game and were an integral part in the last scoring drive that tied the game at 13 apiece. Madu gave the Sooners good starting field position with a 30-plus yard kickoff return, while Broyles capped it with the touchdown catch. Watch Norman's own in the latest installment of Madu's video journal from earlier this week:

VideoMadu Welcomes Broyles to Show
2:04 p.m. | Broyles' TD Big
Both Oklahoma and Texas have tasted the end zone here in the third quarter after a drought in the first half. That TD was huge for the Sooners as you could feel momentum slipping away. That little move by Broyles seems to be his trademark. Nice yards after catch.
1:59 p.m. | Good Answer
Welcome back to the field Mr. Jones and Mr. Broyles.

1:56 p.m. | Respect for Colt
While the relationship between Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy has been well-documented, we have to give our respect to the opposing QB as well. The guy plays the game the right away and is obviously one tough cookie. With the number of times he's been popped by the Sooner defense over the years, we're guessing he's a little more sore after playing Oklahoma than against most other opponents. Still, he continues to pick himself back up hit after hit and has never shown any disrespect to the Sooners.
1:54 p.m. | Momentum Shift?
Halftime was not kind to the OU defense. We were impressed with the fire and hustle in the first half of the game but Texas put a TD on the board with a pounding drive here in the third quarter. Oklahoma's offense needs to answer.
1:50 p.m. | Up the Middle
Texas is pounding the ball at the heart of the Oklahoma defense. You have to think that this pace is wearing on the d-line.
1:41 p.m. | Lull in the Game Video
From David Bassity of OU Athletics Media Relations: Video
1:33 p.m. | Record Crowd
The attendance for today's game was just announced in the press box at 96,009, easily eclipsing last year's then-record crowd of 92,182. Today's attendance marks a Cotton Bowl and OU-Texas series record. It is also the largest crowd ever to witness an OU game. | View OU Attendance Records
1:29 p.m. | Stingy
OU has not allowed a single point in the first quarter in eight straight games dating back to last season (Missouri and Florida). The Sooners have allowed only three first-quarter points in the last 12 games. Kansas State was the last opponent to score a TD in the first quarter (Oct. 25, 2008). In addition, the OU defense is allowing just four points per game in the first half this season.
1:25 p.m. | Bevo BBQ
With Texas responsible for hosting this year's game, we were a bit surprised that the media meal in the press box today was roast beef. It sure was tasty though.
1:24 p.m. | Credit the Effort
As the Sooners ran off the field for halftime, the OU fans here in the stadium showed their appreciate for the team's effort in the first half. While the Sooners has missed a few opportunities in this game, you certainly can't fault their effort. Most of OU's mistakes have been a result of trying to do too much and not because they have been out of position or are failing to stick to the gameplan.
1:21 p.m. | Crazy Half
We hope the Sooners can clean their play up a bit in the second half, but you can't deny that it's been an entertaining half of football. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but games like this tend to go down as classics.
1:19 p.m. | Fumbles, Fumbles, Fumbles
The Sooner defense recovered two fumbles in the first half and has at least one fumble recovery in four games this season. OU also had two fumble recoveries against BYU and Idaho State and has seven on the season.
1:08 p.m. | It's Halftime in Dallas
May not account for anything but the last thing Texas and Oklahoma players see before exiting the field are OU fans either booing the burnt orange or cheering the Sooners. As OU's players waited in the end zone for UT players to clear the tunnel, many waved arms at the crowd. We're at halftime in a tense Red River Rivalry. The Sooners, although only up a field goal, have led throughout.
1:02 p.m. | KC Looking for Turnovers
Huge play by senior LB Keenan Clayton to strip the football on McCoy's run, giving the Sooners the ball back. Clayton has been looking for turnovers all day. Earlier in the game, he had his hands on two Texas passes that could have potentially been pick sixes. Clayton alluded to his wish for turnovers in the interview we did with him earlier this week:

VideoKeenan Clayton Tuesday Post-Practice Interview
1:01 p.m. | Earning It
With the latest developments on the field, we're just glad we're not the ones in the stripes today. The officials and replay folks are earning their paychecks.
12:57 p.m. | Keep Heads Up
Tough break for Mossis Madu after a good kickoff return. We saw nothing but support from OU's coaches as he ran off the field, however. Coach Heupel gave Madu a pat on the back of the head, certainly telling him to keep his head up. Coach Gundy followed by gesturing fanatically to the Sooner crowd to get behind the defense.
12:55 p.m. | Fight to Finish
No one close to this game had any illusions that this wouldn't be a fight to the finish. The score might surprise some national folks watching the ticker. Special teams miscues have kept this half from being one controlled by the Sooners.
12:47 p.m. | Pressure on Horns
Oklahoma's aggressiveness on defense is definitely in the Longhorns' heads. Texas WR Jordan Shipley has shown signs off frustration more than once, unable to utilize his speed in the open field with a number of Sooner defenders surrounding him each time he touches the ball. Texas has also had a number of false start penalties brought on by OU's blitz package. Coach Venables hasn't been afraid to bring the house today.
12:42 p.m. | Clarification
Clarification on the reviewed play: the officials are ruling that Franks never had possession, so the play was not a fumble. The ball could not be advanced. Needless to say, but not the best decision by Dom.
12:34 p.m. | Bitten
He walked off under his own power, but another scary moment for Sooner fans as left tackle Trent Williams rolled on the ground clutching his knee. Could the Sooners be any more unlucky this year? Basically all of OU's highest profile players on offense have been injured at some point this season. The list now includes Sam Bradford, Ryan Broyles, Matt Clapp, Jermaine Gresham, Brian Simmons, Ben Habern and now Williams. We'll have to wait and see if he can return at some point today.
12:29 p.m. | Landry's Poise
Stepping into the OU-Texas game is no easy task for a backup quarterback. Obviously, while we wish Sam Bradford would have never gotten injured in the first place, the experience Landry Jones got during Bradford's absence has definitely benefited him here in the Cotton Bowl. Since Bradford went down in the first quarter, Jones has calmly stepped in and led the Sooners down the field on a couple of drives. We hate to say a blessing in disguise, but the task would have been much more difficult without the playing time he's received since the BYU game.
12:26 p.m. | No. 1?
Remember, Texas was the nation's No. 1 scoring offense coming into the game with OU but so far, the bulbs on UT's side of the scoreboard haven't seen the juice. Take a break from watching the overall play and focus in on Gerald McCoy as he battles the Texas offensive line.
12:23 p.m. | Stevens Connects
Stevens' connected on two field goals (26 and 37) in the first quarter for the fifth multi-field goal of his career and fourth this season. Stevens converted eight straight attempts prior to the 45-yard miss towards the end of the first quarter. The last Sooner kicker to make eight straight field goals was Garrett Hartley in 2006 (finished the season with 11 straight).
12:20 p.m. | Closing Speed
What a display of speed off the corner on Demontre Hurst's sack of Colt McCoy. Sooner fans have seen flashes of his ability on special teams, but McCoy apparently hasn't. He dropped back calmly and saw Hurst coming, but before he could get rid of the ball, Hurst was on top of him. Great play by a true freshman!
12:18 p.m. | Career-High in First
Murray has 104 receiving yards after the first quarter, a career high. The last triple-digit total posted by an OU running back was Quentin Griffin in 2001 (111 vs. North Texas).
12:13 p.m. | Bradford Still Dressed
No official word on Bradford's status, but he is roaming the sidelines still in full pads. He's been in OU's offensive huddles with helmet in hand. He appears like he wants to make an effort to play. Whether he can make it a go physically, however, is still in question.
12:10 p.m. | National Attention
The eyes of the nation are certainly upon this game. In addition to Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game on TV, we've seen plenty of other recognizable faces from national media outlets up here in the press box. Some of the headliners are Tim Cowlishaw (DMN and ESPN's Around the Horn), Pat Forde (, Bruce Feldman (ESPN the Magazine) and Stewart Mandel (
12:08 p.m. | Corners
In our opinion, Brian Jackson and Dom Franks need to have big games. Texas burned OU last year with its passing game across the middle (especially after Ryan Reynolds when down with his injury) but the corners seem to be where the action will happen.
12:04 p.m. | First Quarter to Sooners
Long way to go but the first quarter has to be a victory for the Sooners. Six points on two field goals and holding Texas to a goose egg on the scoreboard. With the second quarter about to start, Oklahoma is driving toward the friendly end of the Cotton Bowl.
12:01 p.m. | Ibiloye Wrinkle?
Brent Venables seems to have thrown a new wrinkle into his defensive package today. The Sooners are going with a nickel look on third-and-long situations with Joseph Ibiloye (No. 5) substituting in for middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds. So far, Texas hasn't looked like an offensive juggernaut.
11:58 a.m. | OU Knows Option
Oklahoma's defense is playing aggressive and the Sooners overall just look faster today against Texas. The Horns tried an option play that OU swallowed up for a big loss.
11:52 a.m. | Red Zone Struggles
Oklahoma moved to the 20-yard line on that last drive before calling Jimmy Stevens in for another field goal. That's two straight drives already in this game after settling for field goals on four straight possessions during one stretch last week against Baylor. Hopefully the Sooners can break out of the funk as it's going to take more than field goals to beat the Longhorns.
11:49 a.m. | English Flashback
Auston English's big hit on Colt McCoy looked awfully familiar. Did it remind you at all of this play from 2007?

11:41 a.m. | Eldridge & English
Brody Eldridge wore No. 50 today and made his first start at left guard. Eldridge also started at center in the season opener at BYU. He has started three positions in 2009 with four straight starts at tight end heading into today. Auston English forced his first career fumble on the Longhorns' opening drive. English is the seventh different Sooner to force a fumble in 2009.
11:38 a.m. | DeMarco Murray
Murray had a career long 64-yard reception during the Sooners' opening drive of the game. Murray's previous best was a 34-yard grab in the 2008 game against Texas. Murray's career high for yards receiving in a game is 71 versus Texas Tech in 2008.
11:26 a.m. | English Lesson
Colt McCoy was welcomed to the Cotton Bowl turf with a blistering sack by Auston English. McCoy dropped the ball and Ryan Reynolds scooped it up. On the very next play, Sam Bradford was dropped and Landry Jones is on the field for the Sooners.
11:23 a.m. | Big News: It's Loud
Just got back up to the press box from the field and it comes as no surprise that fans on both sides are in full throat here in the first quarter. Murray's run ignited the Sooner fans -- wish he would have gone all the way. OU's red zone offense again bogged down.
10:52 a.m. | Game About to Kick
We're heading down to the field to film aspects of the pre-game. We'll be back up in the press box updating soon. Remember, the game is on ABC at 11 a.m.
10:50 a.m. | Mood of the Fans
Out among the OU fans on the fairgrounds prior to the game, we had the sense that Sooners fans seemed more vocal and into this matchup. Perhaps it's a growing sense of confidence that the team has an opportunity to fire on all cylinders -- something it hasn't had in a game this season. Perhaps it's something else. We'll see soon enough.
10:41 a.m. | Greatest of OU-Texas
Last summer, Sooner fans cast more than 38,000 votes right here on for their top 10 wins and plays of OU's championship run during the 2000s. Your fervor for the OU-Texas rivalry was evident, and you probably don't have to think twice about which play came in at No. 1. View Greatest Plays Nos. 1 and 6 and Greatest Wins Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 8:

Video Greatest Plays of the 2000s | Greatest Wins
10:39 a.m. | OU-Texas Video Library

If you need to get a little more jacked up before the game starts, check out the OU-Texas video library we posted earlier this week. Relive each matchup since 2000, in addition to some classic OU-Texas video from our archives:

VideoOU-Texas Video Library
10:34 a.m. | Breakfast of Champions
Although the players profess to prefer the early kicks, we can't join them. Getting up at 5 a.m. to fight Dallas traffic and make it down to the fairgrounds for the buses pulling it at 9 a.m. is just too early. A smaller-than-expected crowd greeted the buses as they pulled into the stadium and fans still seemed a bit reserved this morning. Then again, who doesn't enjoy a corny dog for breakfast?
10:27 a.m. | Teams on Field
Both the OU and Texas teams are on the field in full gear. OU is in its warmup formation with helmets off and arms swinging. Texas just huddled on their side of the field and jumped a few times. Both bands are in full swing and fans are starting to fill in the metal seating with crimson and burnt orange.
10:22 a.m. | Fan Emails
There's nothing quite like the aroma surrounding the OU-Texas game, with the smell of fair food filling the air around the stadium. We had a Sooner fan from Newport, R.I., email in this morning who smells something else in the air today: "We love the smell of victory in the morning! Boomer Sooner!" We certainly hope the Sooners can come through on that front. Thanks for your email. Keep 'em coming. Email us in the press box.
10:18 a.m. | Broyles is Back
Coach Stoops announced Friday that WR Ryan Broyles and DB Quinton Carter, who had been injured, will start today's game against the Longhorns. In case you needed more proof, we have a picture of Broyles' jersey hanging up in the locker room this morning, thanks to OU Assistant Media Relations Director David Bassity.

9:59 a.m. | In the Press Box
We made it to the stadium and just got set up in the Cotton Bowl press box. OU's band marched in and took its customary place in the northeast corner of the field. The Schooner is parked in the tunnel and OU's players have already been out on the field with preliminary warmups. Brent Musburger greeted us as we brushed past him on the field. It's OU-Texas and the game is less than an hour from kick.
7:12 a.m. | Perfect Weather
For the first time in a while, it will feel like football weather for the OU-Texas game. Temps are forecast at 62 degrees at kickoff at 11 a.m. climbing to near 70 degrees later in the afternoon. Rain chances are negligible with plenty of sun and light winds.

6:36 a.m. | Sooners on National TV
For Sooner and Longhorn fans, it's a no-brainer that this is the biggest game in college football this Saturday. ABC has the national broadcast and ESPN College GameDay goes live at 9 a.m. from their location in front of the Texas Hall of State (west of the stadium). Check the fairgrounds map for a closer look. Brent Musburger will call the game ("You are looking live...") with analysis from Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reports from Lisa Salters.
6:29 a.m. | Stadium Split 50/50

Texas is the home team for the game and will wear its burnt orange jerseys while the Sooners will be in white. Although the teams negotiated to allow the home team to choose its side of the stadium, OU fans will be seated on their customary southeast side surrounding the famed tunnel. Interesting note: since the crowd is split 50/50, you'll notice two clusters of crimson in the middle of the Texas fans to account for the missing seats caused by the tunnel.
6:19 a.m. | OU Team Bus Arrival
Thanks to an early kickoff at 11 a.m. for the ABC national broadcast, we're up and getting ready to depart for the fairgrounds. OU's team buses are scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. and will roll up Coliseum Drive (view map) to the east of the stadium.
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