A riled-up Longhorns defense came out strong to open the game, holding OU to one first down in its first two series, that by a pass interference penalty.
Texas had been making OU work for every yard it got, but Sterling Shepard beat Texas cornerback Duke Thomas up the sideline for a 50-yard gain to set up the Sooners’ first touchdown.
Texas opened the second half by driving 62 yards on 15 plays. While the Longhorns got only a field goal, they milked nearly seven minutes off the clock and regained their two-touchdown lead.
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, a Lake Travis product who grew up in Texas’ backyard but was not recruited by the Longhorns, ran onto the field from one end zone to the other with both Horns down.
Charlie Strong’s run onto the field to celebrate at the end was very good. But we’ll go with D’Onta Foreman’s 81-yard burst on a sprint draw that stunned OU on the final play of the third quarter. It was the longest non-scoring run by a Longhorn since Earl Campbell’s 83-yarder against North Texas in 1976.
That’d be Marcus Johnson, a wide receiver. He ran 24 yards for a touchdown after a short flip pass from Jerrod Heard, stiff-arming an OU defender and breaking four tackles while he tightroped the sideline to the Longhorns’ first score.
Leading 14-0, Texas withstood a long drive by OU and held the Sooners to a field goal after they had a first down at the 4-yard line. Bryce Cottrell tripped up OU’s Joe Mixon, and Mayfield threw two incompletions.
One week after trailing TCU 30-0 after the opening quarter, Texas completely outplayed OU and went up 14-0 on two nifty runs by wide receiver Marcus Johnson and backup quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Texas outgained OU, 133 yards to 15.
Worst injury report
Texas was without two of its best players. Right offensive tackle Kent Perkins was on the sidelines in shorts, still not back from his knee injury. Wide receiver/punt returner Daje Johnson suited up, but was definitely out after last week’s concussion.
By far, the drive to the Cotton Bowl for the game was the easiest ever. No congestion. In addition, by kickoff, there were still 1,000 Texas tickets that were unsold. Final attendance was 91,546; over the last five years, the average attendance for this game is 92,931.