DALLAS — It’s over at the Cotton Bowl.
No. 20 Oklahoma has beaten Texas, 45-40.
It was a hard-fought, mostly back-and-forth day, with a third quarter scoring explosion that made this look more like the Red River Shootout again, not the Red River Showdown.
Texas’ defense with Charlie Strong calling the shots showed improvement in overall energy and tackling, but not in the yards or points department. The Sooners’ 672 yards was the most a team has put up against Texas since the Sooners had 677 yards in the 2012 Texas-OU game.
The Longhorns recorded their first — and second — interceptions of the season. Both were by Dylan Haines. And Texas forced four turnovers on the day. But those four turnovers yielded only a field goal on the day.
The Longhorns allowed huge days for Oklahoma’s three top offensive weapons. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was 22 of 31 for 390 yards, three touchdowns and two picks; running back Samaje Perine rushed for 214 yards and two scores on 35 carries; and wide receiver Dede Westbrook ripped Texas for 232 receiving yards and touchdowns of 71, 42 and 47 yards on 10 catches.
Mayfield’s 390 yards were the most for a Sooners quarterback in Texas-OU history. So were Westbrook’s 232 receiving yards.
Texas’ running game missed Chris Warren III. Oh, D’Onta Foreman had 25 carries and finished with 159 yards and two touchdowns — his best game of the season, actually, bettering his 157-yard effort against Cal and his 148-yard night against Notre Dame — but the Longhorns were clearly missing that second part of a 1-2 backfield punch. Kyle Forman had six carries for only 16 yards.
Tyrone Swoopes was persona non grata. He had only four carries for 7 yards.
Shane Buechele was 19 of 36 for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He was picked off once. Statistically, this was his second best game of the season.
With the loss, Texas drops to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. The Longhorns have dropped three straight games and the defense has now allowed opponents 50, 49, 47 and 45 points so far.
Haines, with his two picks.
Foreman, with his best game of the year.
Devin Duvernay, with his first career touchdown catch.
Trent Domingue, who was perfect on field goals AND extra points this time.
Poona Ford, who forced a key fumble.
Here’s how it all went down:
FIRST QUARTER: Oklahoma 7, Texas 3.
Led by Haines and a missed field goal, Texas’ defense had an impressive debut under Charlie Strong. The second interception of Haines’ afternoon — and 11th of his career — set up Trent Domingue’s sixth field goal of the fall. Texas did give up a scoring run to Perine, but the defense wasn’t to blame for that scoring drive. The short run into the end zone came three plays after Oklahoma pounced on a D’Onta Foreman fumble at the Texas 16.
SECOND QUARTER: Halftime — Oklahoma 14, Texas 13.
Texas took a 10-7 lead three plays into the second quarter on Foreman’s sixth touchdown run of the season, and the Longhorns ended the first half with another field goal from Domingue. Sandwiched in between those plays was a forced fumble and recovery by junior Poona Ford. Oklahoma, though, made the biggest splash on Mayfield’s bomb to Westbrook. The touchdown catch was the longest for the Sooners over the 111-game history of this series.
THIRD QUARTER: Oklahoma 35, Texas 27.
Texas twice aired it out over the second half’s first five minutes as Duvernay and Dorian Leonard both beat Oklahoma corner back Jordan Thomas — who was a shut-down presence in the first half — to deep balls thrown by Buechele. Duvernay’s score was the first of his collegiate career. Mayfield, though, countered the Texas touchdowns a scoring run and two tosses to Westbrook that covered 89 yards. The third quarter featured four lead changes, but a Buechele interception at the Oklahoma 7 hurt the Longhorns’ chances of cutting into the eight-point lead that Oklahoma exited the quarter with.
FOURTH QUARTER: Final — Oklahoma 45, Texas 40.
The Sooners simply wore Texas’ defense down. OU had a 13-play drive that spanned 93 yards and lasted nearly six-and-a-half minutes and also a 15-play drive for 60 yards that ate up nearly eight minutes. Foreman’s 22-yard touchdown made it 45-40 with 51 seconds to go; Texas failed its 2-point try, didn’t recover the onside kick and couldn’t recover a Mayfield fumble at the very end.
The last five Texas-OU results:
2012: Oklahoma, 63-21
2013: Texas, 36-20
2014: Oklahoma, 31-26
2015: Texas, 24-17
2016: Oklahoma 45, Texas 40
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