OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas defenders Anthony Wheeler (45) and Peter Jinkens (19) celebrate a stop against Oklahoma during the first half of action in the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Horns up, Horns down

Posted October 10th, 2015



  • The Longhorns brought the fight with them after suffering one of the most embarrassing losses in school history. They won the battle up front on both lines and and handed the nation’s 10th-ranked team its first loss. This was a season saver.
  • Backup quarterback Tyrone Swoopes scored a touchdown on a short run to put the Horns up 14-0, then threw a short TD pass to Caleb Bluiett for a two-touchdown advantage. He has settled nicely into his Tim Tebow role, all the way down to the jump pass.
  • Kevin Vaccaro — brother of former Texas standout Kenny Vaccaro — stripped kick returner Alex Ross, and Kirk Johnson — son of former Texas standout Johnnie Johnson — came up with the fumble recovery, setting up Texas’ second touchdown.


  • Cornerback Duke Thomas played well, but gave up a 50-yard catch when he bit on a double move by Sterling Shepard that set up the Sooners’ first touchdown.
  • Armanti Foreman was flagged for a personal foul when he hit Oklahoma’s Jordan Thomas from behind after the whistle. Thomas was shaken up on the play.
  • Marcus Johnson scored the game’s first touchdown, but was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after taking his helmet off. “It was so much emotion,” Johnson said. “I got too excited.”


  • Tailback D’Onta Foreman closed out the third quarter with a career-high 81-yard run, setting the stage for Swoopes’ TD pass. He finished with 117 yards, his second straight game topping the century mark.


  • Naashon Hughes and Poona Ford dropped Baker Mayfield for a 17-yard sack on third down, on OU’s final drive with 3:33 left. It snuffed out the Sooners’ final chance to tie the game.