It’s halftime. No. 20 Oklahoma leads Texas, 14-13.
Who’s had a good half? Dylan Haines has produced Texas’ first — and second — interceptions of the season. Anthony Wheeler’s flying around and leading the team in tackles. Poona Ford forced a fumble deep in Texas territory, wiping out an OU scoring threat. The defense, as a whole, is playing well — tackles are happening, there have been three turnovers and OU hasn’t had a big play in the passing game yet.
For Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield is 12 of 20 for 157 yards and a touchdown, with two picks. Samaje Perine is working on a 100-yard game, with 11 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Joe Mixon has 11 carries for 37 yards and lost a fumble. Dede Westbrook’s 71-yard touchdown catch was the longest scoring catch by a Sooner in Texas-Oklahoma history — and keep in mind that there have been some really good OU receivers through the years, including Julio Jones and Sterling Shepard. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has been hot and cold, but has a forced fumble and a third-down tipped pass. And cornerback Jordan Thomas is having a big day, too.
The defense is playing better today, though the Sooners are moving the ball. Three turnovers, solid tackling, only one big play given up in the passing game and one in the running game.
Mayfield has been spotty. He’s not being pressured much, but has missed on a couple of throws. He did have the one big one, though.
Texas is missing Chris Warren III. D’Onta Foreman hasn’t broken anything significant, and has 32 yards on 12 carries, and his longest run so far is 12 yards. The Longhorns are missing that second punch out of the backfield; Kyle Porter has four carries for 9 yards.
Here’s what’s happened:
Texas won the toss and deferred to the second half. On their opening drive, the Sooners went nine plays and 50 yards, but saw Austin Siebert’s 49-yard field goal try miss its mar. (Notre Dame, Cal and Oklahoma State all scored on their opening drives.) OU had few problems moving the ball — a mix of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon carries and short passes over the middle or on bubble screens, but stalled at the Texas 30.
Both the Sooners and Longhorns whiffed on their first drives, though OU’s — a missed 49-yard kick — was less of a whiff than Texas’ three-and-out effort that included a dropped pick six by OU corner Michiah Quick and a Jordan Thomas breakup of a long Shane Buechele-to-John Burt throw down the right sideline on third-and-7.
Dylan Haines recorded Texas’ first interception of the day on OU’s second drive. And then he recorded the Longhorns’ second pick of the season on the Sooners’ very next drive. He returned it to OU’s 13, and Texas ended up with a 33-yard field goal.
Texas’ first mistake — a lost fumble by D’Onta Foreman — was recovered deep in Texas territory, and Samaje Perine gave OU a 7-3 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Texas took a 10-7 lead on a short touchdown run by Foreman, capping an eight-play drive that was highlighted by one incomplete pass play that yielded 30 yards anyway; the Sooners were flagged 15 yards for pass interference and also 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct when an OU lineman ripped off Connor Williams’ helmet.
OU’s third turnover — a Mixon fumble forced by Poona Ford, which had to be reviewed — quashed a Sooners scoring threat inside the red zone.
First quarter scores:
Texas: Trent Domingue 33-yard field goal, 5:21
The drive: 4 plays, -3 yards, 1:22
Key play: Dylan Haines’ second pick of the day set Texas up at OU’s 13.
Oklahoma: Samaje Perine 2-yard run (Austin Siebert kick), 1:43
The drive: 3-16-1:11
Key play: D’Onta Foreman’s fumble allowed OU to start its drive at Texas’ 16.
Texas: Domingue 28-yard field goal
The drive: 18-64-4:02
Key play: Buechele hit Colin Johnson for 19 yards on third-and-9.
Texas will get the ball to start the second half.
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