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2:45 p.m. | Final: OU 55, Texas 17
Oklahoma claims a 55-17 romp over Texas in the 2011 Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Congratulations Sooners and have a great time celebrating tonight. Have a safe trip home and Boomer Sooner! Complete coverage of this win here at SoonerSports.com.
2:41 p.m. | Record Eight Sacks
That was Oklahoma's eighth sack of the game which is an OU record. We're still tabulating this effort from the Sooners but we believe they set a total of five single-game records (sacks, tackles for loss, fumble returns for a TD, defensive TDs and sack yardage) defensively. What a performance.
2:39 p.m. | Texas Scored
Oklahoma finally gave up a TD to the Texas offense but it took until the fourth quarter. We kid you not, we could look down and some Sooner fans were actually clapping. We think it was in jest.
2:19 p.m. | Adding Insult
With this win, the Sooners will move ahead of Texas in all-time winning percentage. The Sooners will be 816-304-53 (.71824) while Texas will drop to 854-326-33 (.71764).
2:12 p.m. | School Record
Oklahoma just set a school record with three defensive TDs in a game. Jamell Fleming stripped the ball from the Texas receiver, it flipped into the air and he grabbed it and dashed to the end zone. Oklahoma now up, 55-10.
2:05 p.m. | By the Numbers
National Championships: Oklahoma 7, Texas 4
Conference Championships: Oklahoma 43, Texas 32
Big 12 Championships: Oklahoma 7, Texas 3
Heisman Trophy Winners: Oklahoma 5, Texas 2
Bowl Record: OU 26-17-1 (.602), Texas 25-22-2 (.530)
BCS Bowl Games: Oklahoma 8, Texas 4
Season with 10+ wins: Oklahoma 32, Texas 23
Weeks Ranked AP No. 1: Oklahoma 101, Texas 45
Consensus/Unanimous All-Americans: OU 74/31, Texas 53/22
NFL Draft Picks: Oklahoma 346, Texas 322
2:03 p.m. | 96,009
Another sellout at the Cotton Bowl with an official crowd of 96,009 announced for today's game. OU-Texas has been a sellout every year since 1941.
1:56 p.m. | Final Stanza
We head to the fourth quarter with the Sooners up, 48-10, on Texas. The Oklahoma defense has amassed a pile of memorable plays with sacks and forced fumbles seeming to happen out in the open right in front of the Texas side of the stadium.
1:53 p.m. | Gaps Appearing
With that last series, Texas fans seem to have seen enough and are heading for the exits. Although the Cotton Bowl has replaced its old blue seats with aluminum benches, memories of blue gaps in the Texas crowd from the 2000 and 2003 routs are re-surfacing. Of course, the Sooner fans in the stands are enjoying this.
1:45 p.m. | ABC
During the break in action, ABC just showed a nice tribute to Austin Box. We haven't seen much of the broadcast but we do love the way Brent Musberger says "OOOOOOklahoma".
1:39 p.m. | What a Feeling
OU's walk-on running back just did a quick-step on Texas. Dominique Whaley bursts across the Cotton Bowl field into the face of the Texas side of the stadium for 64 yards and Oklahoma lands another punch, now up 48-10. Can you imagine the feeling Whaley had when he broke out in the open? It's the sixth-longest rush by a Sooner ever against UT.
1:30 p.m. | Backfield
So far, the Sooner defense has 10 tackles for loss against Texas. Oklahoma finished with 12 in its win against Florida State. That's 22 of 34 on the season against the two Top-10 teams its faced so far. Watch for more OU defenders crashing the Longhorn backfield as the game wears on.
1:24 p.m. | Fangs
Oklahoma's defense is baring its fangs here on national TV against its archrival and the Sooners inside the stadium (and undoubtedly around the world) are enjoying it. As we mentioned earlier, the players in white are bouncing around, clapping and jumping up quickly after making tackles. Looks like they're having fun playing this game.
1:16 p.m. | Boom!
With David King's 19-yard fumble return (forced by Frank Alexander) for the TD, its the fourth time Oklahoma has had multiple defensive touchdowns under Coach Stoops: 2001 vs. North Carolina, 2002 vs. UTEP, 2010 vs. UConn and today's game. Of course, it's the first time ever OU has had multiple defensive TDs against Texas.
1:07 p.m. | Flexing
OU's 34 points is the third-most its scored in a half against Texas (42 in 2000, 37 in 2003). Landry Jones already has 305 yards passing and three touchdowns, marking the second time in his career he's thrown for at least 300 in a half (321 yards in 2010 win against Florida State). In its history, OU has had a QB throw for 300 in a half just five times (twice by Jones, twice by Sam Bradford and once by Nate Hybl).
12:54 p.m. | Halftime
Time for us to catch our breath. A second quarter filled with fireworks has the Sooners out in front, 34-10, as both teams head to the locker rooms for halftime.
12:52 p.m. | Mr. 4,000
We've mentioned Kenny Stills going over 1,000 yards for his career. That's nothing compared to the 4,000 Ryan Broyles has accumulated during his career. Broyles is just the 12th player in NCAA history to reach that plateau. He has 98 yards on five catches and a TD here in the first half.
12:48 p.m. | Rare Air
With his second TD of the game, Kenny Stills becomes just the fourth Sooner to have two or more receiving TDs in a single-game against Texas. Manny Johnson had three in 2008, Jermaine Gresham had two in 2007, and Tinker Owens had two in 1973.
12:46 p.m. | Sooners Respond
It didn't take OU long to get that last touchdown back. Landry Jones was pin-point in leading the Sooners right back down the field to put Oklahoma back up, 34-10. Broyles had another big catch, absorbing contact from a Texas defender, and Kenny Stills goes up high for the TD catch.
12:43 p.m. | Rare Return
Before Demontre's INT and score, the last time a Sooner took a Texas interception to the house? It was in 2003 when Jonathan Jackson picked off Vince Young for 21 yards in a 65-13 Red River rout. Who can forget that game:
12:39 p.m. | Quick Scores
As soon as OU jumps out to big lead, Texas comes right back. Fozzy Whitaker returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to cancel out the pick six. After Hurst interceptions, we noticed some Longhorn fans walking up the aisles. Not sure if they were heading for the exits, but safe to say they're back in their seats now as Texas looks to get back into the game.
12:37 p.m. | Pick Six
Demontre Hurst steps in front of a David Ash pass and returns it 55 yards for the touchdown. It's the 40th defensive touchdown under Coach Stoops as OU extends its lead to 27-3. When we filmed this week's edition of Demontre's weekly video series, he mentioned his sack of Colt McCoy in 2009 as one of his favorite plays in his career. Safe to say he probably has a new one now.
12:33 p.m. | Body Language
From our vantage point in the press box, its apparent the Sooners are playing with confidence on both sides of the ball. From the field to the sidelines, OU players and coach are chomping at the bit to get in on the action every single play. The body language is certainly telling of how the game is going.
12:28 p.m. | ABC Keeping Up?
In addition to opposing defenses, Oklahoma's fast-paced offense has to give television crews fits. ABC's boom cameras down on the sidelines have certainly had to work hard getting up and down the field to keep up with the Sooners. For those of you watching at home, appreciate the effort that goes into bringing you numerous angles of the action.
12:24 p.m. | Stills Over 1,000
With his 37 yards so far in today's game, Kenny Stills now has over 1,000 receiving yards for his career. He is the 28th Sooner to reach the benchmark, and he has done so in just 17 games. OU stat guru Mike Brooks is researching as we speak to find out if that pace is any sort of record.
12:19 p.m. | Not Tricked
Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin (formerly of Boise State) reached into his bag of "tricks" on the UT's last drive, but the Sooners were not fooled. OU safety Aaron Colvin set the Longhorns back for a loss of 13 yards on the double-reverse attempt.
12:16 p.m. | Tunnel Experience
Want to know what it's like to run down the tunnel to a stadium filled with half crimson and half burnt orange? We're taking you as close as you can get. Follow the Sooners here:
12:11 p.m. | Broyles in the Corner
As we were typing that last note, Landry Jones threaded the needle and Ryan Broyles made a difficult catch in the front corner of the end zone. The officials needed a second look, but it was indeed a touchdown as OU extends its lead to 20-3. Definitely way too early to get comfortable, but Sooner fans are liking what they're seeing in the Cotton Bowl thus far.
12:07 p.m. | Trio of Weapons
Over the last three or four games, we've seen quite the trend taking shape. Ryan Broyles has been the headliner of OU's wide receiving corps the last few years, but Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds are forcing people to take notice of them as well. All three receivers have had some impressive catches today. Tough to imagine another trio in the country with the combination of athleticism, speed, strength and hands as the Sooner three.
11:59 a.m. | INT Tony
Confusion in the Texas backfield and the Sooner defense is motioning to the crowd to weigh in with noise on the crimson end of the Cotton Bowl. And just like that, Tony Jefferson nabs an INT. Sooners in business at the Texas 34.
11:52 a.m. | Touchdown Sooners
The Sooners are having plenty of success moving the ball on the Texas defense. Landry just drilled a 19-yard shot to the corner of the end zone for a leaping Kenny Stills and Oklahoma is up 13-3.
11:47 a.m. | Celebrity Sooners
This game always brings out the who's-who of OU alumni. Some of the famous Sooners we've seen strolling the sidelines today include: Blake Griffin, DeMarco Murray, Jonathan Nelson, Paul Thompson, and Travis and Corey Wilson. Welcome back guys!
11:44 a.m. | Defense, Stills
Corey Nelson gets the tip of McCoy's pass on third down and Texas settles for the long field goal. Too bad Tony Jefferson wasn't in the zip code for that deflection. Kenny Stills just drilled the Texas defender chasing Jaz Reynolds on that last play. A flag is thrown in front of the Texas bench but the officials wave it off. Clean hit.
11:36 a.m. | Casey, FG
Casey Walker forces the fumble on the savage sack of Case McCoy and the Sooners nail another field goal to take a 6-0 lead. The hit was dramatic from way up in the press box and the crowd reacted here in the Cotton Bowl. The Sooner offense has moved the ball here early but is having trouble punching it in at the goal line.
11:29 a.m. | Travis Lewis
Our own Tory Kukowski caught this shot of senior linebacker Travis Lewis deep in thought in front of his locker just before the team took the field. Lewis is wearing Austin Box's No. 12 for the Red River Rivalry. You think this game means something to him?
11:19 a.m. | First Score
Oklahoma stalls in the red zone but Michael Hunnicutt puts the first points on the board for the Sooners with a 36-yard boot.
11:17 a.m. | Rousing Entrance
One of the greatest entrances in all of sports, the Sooners exploded out of the tunnel first with the Longhorns bringing up the rear. With OU's crowd surrounding the tunnel, it's a thrilling (and loud) welcome for the guys in crimson.
11:13 a.m. | Broyles to Begin
The Sooners go to their bread and butter with Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles for the game's first play. The Big 12's career leader in receptions makes the Longhorns pay with a 40-yard gain.
11:09 a.m. | It's On
Texas kicks to Trey Franks and the Sooners have the ball on the friendly side of the Cotton Bowl to begin the game.
10:34 a.m. | Hitting the Field
We'll have a break in the blog as we go down to the field from the press box to capture the start of the game. Nothing like watching the Sooners come down the tunnel in front of more than 92,000 fans. We'll have pics and video shortly. Are you ready for OU-Texas? Kickoff is just minutes away now (11:09 a.m. to be exact). Boomer Sooner from Dallas.
10:31 a.m. | College GameDay
The TV sets in the press box are tuned to ESPN's College GameDay as the stands are beginning to fill in with crimson and burnt orange. Remember to tune in around 10:50 a.m. (CT) as celebrity guest picker Blake Griffin joins the broadcast.
10:26 a.m. | Stoops, Brown
Here's a shot of Coach Stoops and Mack Brown talking on the field at the Cotton Bowl from moments ago...
10:19 | Eyes of the Nation
OU-Texas is certainly one of those games football fans across the country are paying attention to. If you had any doubt, check out the front pages of some of the major national media outlets:
9:51 a.m. | Sooners Arrive
Here's a pic from earlier this morning as the Sooner team buses rolled up Coliseum Drive to the locker room at the Cotton Bowl. We're posting a live photo gallery with images from throughout today on OU's official Facebook page. Check them out here.
9:21 a.m. | Live From Stadium
Oklahoma's team buses have rolled in and we're set up to update live here from the Cotton Bowl press box. The stadium gates opened at 9 so fans are starting to roll in, check out the view and find their seats. Thanks for joining us and we're set for a great game. Of course we're biased but Sooner fans always seem to arrive early. Lots of crimson to welcome the team.
6:58 a.m. | Winchester
ESPNU just finished replaying last year's win against Texas. And James Winchester just recovered the ball again to seal the deal. We're setting off for the Cotton Bowl so we'll be back updating once we're set up at the field. Boomer Sooner and Beat Texas... again!
5:44 a.m. | Good Morning Dallas!
Good morning Sooner fans and welcome to gameday, OU-Texas, in Dallas. Traffic will be picking up along all routes to Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl with an early, 11 a.m., kick for the game. Catch live coverage on ESPN's College GameDay and then switch over to ABC (official kick at 11:09 a.m.). Check our Sooner Fan FAQ for all details. The team buses should pull up Coliseum Drive toward the stadium around 9 a.m. Get there early to cheer on the Sooners (and greet the Longhorns). Boomer Sooner!
5:17 a.m. | OU-Texas
Welcome to one of the grandest scenes in all of college football: the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns collide at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. More than 92,000 fans -- half in crimson, half in burnt orange -- split right down the 50-yard-line are surrounded by thousands outside the stadium at the 125th State Fair of Texas. Boomer Sooner and Beat Texas!
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