3:02 p.m. | Boomer!
Thanks again for following our live blog from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas as Oklahoma deals Texas a 63-21 rout in the 2012 Red River Rivalry, wins its third in the series and its ninth of the last 13. Have a safe trip back home and Boomer Sooner!
Game Recap | Statistics | Game Notes | Post-Game Quotes
2:58 p.m. | Seniors 3-1
Great feeling for the Sooner seniors as they finish their OU-Texas careers 3-1 against the Longhorns. Congratulations Jamarkus McFarland, R.J. Washington, Demontre Hurst, Landry Jones, David King, Tress Way, Jaydan Bird, Casey Walker and the rest of the senior class.
2:53 p.m. | Sooners Break Sixty
Great to see Blake Bell moving the Sooners down the field through the air. Can't blame the Sooner players in now for still battling for the end zone. They practiced hard too and are looking to make their own plays. Oklahoma rolls in again and it's 63-15, Sooners.
2:49 p.m. | Less Traffic
The crimson side of the field is still 90% full, fans staying to revel in the rout of the Longhorns. The Texas side is obviously nearly cleaned out. Sooner fans seem to find traffic much easier after games like this, so remember to thank the Sooners for that.
2:39 p.m. | Half a Hundred, Again
Justin Brown hauls in another TD pass from Landry Jones and the Sooners have hanged half a hundred on Texas for the second consecutive year. Oklahoma cruising, 56-8. We imagine Coach Switzer would approve.
2:32 p.m. | Ash Done for the Day
Demontre Hurst can't make an almost automatic interception of Ash and the ball drops to the ground. The Sooner defense forces a turnover on downs. Ash is grimacing from another painful hit as he picks himself up from the turf. It looks like he just went up the tunnel holding his left wrist and is done for the day.
2:20 p.m. | Texas vs. Individual Sooners
With the lull here in the fourth quarter, do you realize four Sooners individually have more yards than the entire Texas team (115 yards)? Landry Jones has 296 yards passing, Damien Williams has 177 rushing/receiving yards, Trey Millard has 144 total yards and Justin Brown with 126 total yards.
2:17 p.m. | Attendance
Official attendance here in the Cotton Bowl was just announced at 92,500. Thank you Sooner fans for supporting the team as always down here in Dallas.
2:15 p.m. | Fourth Quarter
We head to the fourth quarter with the Sooners gunning for the end zone looking to extend their 46-8 lead on the rival Horns. Hunnicutt converts on a 32-yard field goal and OU leads, 49-8.
2:09 p.m. | Way to Go Millard
Junior fullback Trey Millard now has five receptions for a career-high 119 yards and one touchdown plus two rushes for 25 yards. His previous high was 39 yards. Again, we have to pat ourselves on the back for selecting Millard as our Gameday Central featured Sooner. Great to see a player who does so much to help other guys get highlights to see some for himself.
2:05 p.m. | Back to Action
After the long break for the injured Texas player, the Sooners get newly-cleared Jalen Saunders involved for his second reception of the game. Trey Millard hauls in a 25-yard pass over the middle of the field and strolls in to extends OU's lead to 46-8. OU scored in a methodical fashion on an obviously deflated Texas defense. This has to be painful to watch for UT fans.
1:52 p.m. | Oklahoma Territory
The Sooners haven't needed any help but do you realize that all three times the Texas offense has moved the ball past midfield, they've turned it over each time? Ash's fumble joins two interceptions as the Longhorns are helping to stop themselves.
1:49 p.m. | Rooftop Access
The Cotton Bowl on Red River Rivalry Saturday is an amazing sight from any angle, but might have its most spectacular value from the very top. Lucky for you, we have credentials. Check out the updated Facebook Live Photo Gallery:
1:46 p.m. | Good Sign
Good to see Adam Shead up and making his way off the field on his own power. Shead's consistently one of our favorite Sooners to chat with after practice, always talkative and generous with his time. OU certainly doesn't need any more O-linemen banged up.
1:41 p.m. | Quick Notes
Here are some highlights of the notes on a dominant first half:
Damien Williams' 95-yard touchdown rush was the third longest run in school history, trailing only Jeff Frazier (North Texas, 9/23/95) and Buck McPhail (Kansas State, 11/3/51) who each recorded 96-yard rushes. It was also the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history and the fourth-longest offensive play in OU history.
Trey Millard had a 73-yard reception, the longest pass play by an OU player in Red River Rivalry history, surpassing Buddy Leake's 65-yarder in 1953. It was also the seventh-longest pass play by a Sooner running back in OU history.
Jaydan Bird's TFL in the second half was the first safety caused by Oklahoma since a forced fumble through the back of the end zone against Baylor (11/20/10). It was the first defensive safety since OU's Ronnell Lewis scored two points against Idaho State (9/12/09).
Oklahoma's 36 points were the most against Texas in a first half since 2003 while the 34-point lead was the longest since leading 42-7 at halftime in 2000.
1:37 p.m. | Keep on the Gas
After a dominant first half, the Sooners don't want to let up on the gas here in the second. The crimson half of the stadium certainly wants to see more. On the Texas side, the stands have thinned but a hardy contingent have remained to watch the rest of the game unfold. The Sooners settle for a field goal there and the lead is 39-8 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.
1:26 p.m. | Glimmer of Hope ...Bonk
Texas nabs a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown. Then, just as a glimmer of life is shown by the Longhorns, the PAT hits the upright and bounces away. It's 36-8, Oklahoma, with 12:43 remaining in the third quarter.
1:16 p.m. | Second-Half Underway
The Sooners and Longhorns have made their way back onto the field and the second-half is underway. Looks like more of the same from both the Texas offense and the Sooner defense.
1:05 p.m. | ESPN Homepage
Oklahoma's dominating first-half has the attention of the entire country. Check out a snapshot of ESPN.com's homepage:
1:03 p.m. | Join the Sooners
As loud as it's been during the game, Sooner fans have brought the noise throughout the day, including as Oklahoma entered the field. Check out this feature with footage from the OU locker room as the Sooners get hyped up, slap the "Play Like A Champion" sign and storm onto the field.
12:54 p.m. | Historic Half
OU's 34-point lead at halftime is the second-largest in series history. The Sooners led Texas, 42-7 (35 points) in 2000, OU's national championship season. OU went on to win that game, 63-14.
12:51 p.m. | It's Halftime
We've reached halftime here at the Cotton Bowl as the Sooners and Longhorns head up the tunnel to their respective locker rooms. Hint: Only one side is cheering. OU used a dominating first-half to lead 36-2. The Sooners have gained 407 total offensive yards, compared to Texas' 53.
12:41 p.m. | Texas Fans Restless
Facing fourth-and-1 from its own 34-yard line, Texas elected to punt the ball just before halftime, eliciting boos from the burnt orange side of the stadium.
12:37 p.m. | Magic Number: 1
Blake Bell just tied his career-high with four rushing touchdowns...and it's the second quarter. Bell's push from 1-yard out (his third from that distance) puts OU ahead, 36-2.
12:30 p.m. | Safety Dance
The Sooner slaughter continues as Jaydan Bird registers a safety for Oklahoma. OU leads 29-2 and has the ball in Texas territory following the punt return.
12:21 p.m. | Getting Ugly (for Texas)
This is getting ugly. Ash gets planted by Tom Wort after throwing an interception to Aaron Colvin and the Sooners are dismantling Texas in front of a sold-out Cotton Bowl and national television audience.
12:18 p.m. | Bell Makes It Three
Blake Bell has ran the ball nine times, and three of those attempts have resulted with refs throwing their arms in the air. Here's Bell's most recent touchdown run, helping give the Sooners a 27-2 advantage:
12:14 p.m. | Millard!
Trey Millard just pulled one of his patented leaps over a defender, but this time, Mr. Blocker kept going and took the ball 73 yards. What an incredible run for Millard (and what a choice by us in making him the lead for this week's Gameday Central).
12:10 p.m. | Pressure
Oklahoma's defense is getting all kinds of pressure on Ash and Texas' offense appears disjointed. If you're a Sooner defensive player, you have to love this game going this way. It's "pin your ears back" time in Dallas, no?
12:07 p.m. | Another Sooner Score
The Sooners are rolling (so far) here in Dallas, thanks in part to the efficiency of the Belldozer. Blake Bell found the end zone for the second time today, in front of a sea of burnt orange, from one yard out. Bell now has five rushing TDs this season and 18 in his career. Here's his latest effort:
12:01 p.m. | Another Sooner Score
Blake Bell rolls in again and just like that, Oklahoma is up big here in Dallas. It's 20-2 Oklahoma. The "Texas, Fight" cheers have lost much of their vitality. Gotta love how this game is going for the Sooners. They look like they've come to play.
11:55 a.m. | Sooners Rolling
The guns fire and that's the end of the first quarter. Safe to say, Oklahoma has landed the early body blows in this fight. Aside from giving up two points, just about a perfect opening stanza for Coach Stoops and the crimson side of the Cotton Bowl.
11:51 a.m. | Williams' Wheels
Junior running back Damien Williams, a big-play threat every time he touches the ball, broke a 95-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the third-longest rush in OU history and the longest in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Williams turns it up another level in this one. See for yourself:
11:41 a.m. | Holy Smokes!
Damien Williams rips Texas for a 95-yard touchdown run and the Sooners fans are screaming in the stands. It's 13-2 Oklahoma after that heart-stopping play. You just witnessed the third-longest rush in Oklahoma football history and it came against the Longhorns. Priceless. Everything seems to be going OU's way here early.
11:34 a.m. | Encouraging Start
Despite the snafu on the extra point, Sooner fans have to feel good about the opening performances of the offense and defense. OU scored on its opening drive and the defense hit Ash on all three plays to force a punt on Texas' possession. Keep plugging away Sooners. Let's make that two points a footnote.
11:30 a.m. | Oklahoma Defense
Nice play by Corey Nelson to deflect Ash's pass on Texas' first play from scrimmage. Tony Jefferson follows that up with a tackle-for-loss on Ash. On third down, R.J. Washington was all up in Ash's grill just after the QB got off a lame-duck pass. Fantastic opening stop for the Sooner defense.
11:25 a.m. | Touchdown Sooners
OU's burned two timeouts on this opening drive but the Belldozer powers ahead and OU takes the early lead. Bell made an eight-yard sweep around the right end and reached the ball over the goal line for the TD. OU's point after is mangled and Texas runs it back for the two points. It's 6-2 early here in Dallas.
11:20 a.m. | Opening Drive
Oklahoma has marched inside the Texas red zone (19 yard-line) here on OU's opening drive of the game. A score here would make an early statement.
11:13 a.m. | OU's Intro Video
Here's the special intro video SoonerVision created specifically for the 2012 Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It just played to the fans here inside the stadium. Wow:
10:29 a.m. | Intro, Pre-Game and More
We're heading down to the field to capture the Sooners warming up, the pre-game, the tunnel and more. SoonerVision has produced a special intro video just for the OU-Texas game that will thrill the fans here (at least half the stadium). We have an advance copy and will post on YouTube for our fans outside the stadium immediately after it plays here. Strap it on Sooner fans, we're roughly 38 minutes from kickoff.
10:19 a.m. | OU-Texas Weekend Favorites
We spoke with several Sooners this week and had them pick their favorites surrounding OU-Texas weekend, from fair foods to the atmosphere and the play they enjoyed the most from last year's win. Here's what they had to say:
10:12 a.m. | Under an Hour
The stadium clock has gone under an hour until kickoff (at 11:07 a.m. Central). We're up in the press box at the Cotton Bowl and can see Coach Stoops, the OU staff and Sooner players out on the field warming up. The Texas team is on the opposite side of the 50. Oklahoma fans traditionally filter in and fill their seats a bit earlier than Texas fans, and that appears to be the case today. Lots of crimson early in the stands.
9:51 a.m. | How About That Ride In?
In case you missed it, we live streamed the team's bus ride from the hotel to the Cotton Bowl this morning. Replay the once-in-a-lifetime experience here:
9:44 a.m. | Live Photo Stream
We're posting photos throughout the weekend in our live Facebook photo gallery. Here's Kenny Stills arriving with the team at the Cotton Bowl to cheers from the Sooner faithful:
9:28 a.m. | Teams Have Arrived
Both the Oklahoma and Texas buses have made their traditional entrances to the stadium up Coliseum Drive surrounded by throngs of fans in crimson and burnt orange. The stadium gates have opened and fans are starting to make their way to their seats. It's overcast and muggy down here in Dallas.
6:19 a.m. | OU vs. Texas
Good morning Sooners! It's gameday in Dallas as the Sooners play the Texas Longhorns in the 107th installment of the Red River Rivalry. Kickoff is set for 11:07 a.m. with a national TV broadcast on ABC. Don't miss riding with the Sooners from the team hotel to the Cotton Bowl live by watching online here at approximately 8:30. And, of course, BEAT TEXAS!
Live Webcast: Ride With the Sooners to the Cotton Bowl