Texas Longhorn (4) Daje Johnson returns a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against Oklahoma at the AT&T Red River Rivalry college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas,TX., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN


7 Texas-Oklahoma facts to impress your friends with

Posted October 7th, 2016


The more you know, the better prepared you are, especially if you’re trying to impress people with Red River Rivalry facts this weekend.

Here are seven Texas-Oklahoma factoids to annoy and impress people with while watching the game:

Biggest Texas comeback: 1999: Texas 38, Oklahoma 28


Texas outscored Oklahoma 38-11 after trailing 17-0, and Major Applewhite threw more than 300 yards and Hodges Mitchell more than 200 yards in the win. This is tied for the fifth largest comeback in Texas football history, and the largest comeback in Texas-Oklahoma history.

This pregame speech by Mack Brown was both not great, but also, well, right on:

The longest Texas punt return came against Oklahoma. 

Bohn Hilliard’s 95-yard return in 1932 is the longest punt return in Texas football history and it came in 1932 in a 17-10 win. The fourth-longest punt return in program history also came against Oklahoma, when Daje Johnson did this in 2013:

The only Texas quarterback to go undefeated in four starts against Oklahoma is?

Peter Gardere was 4-0 against Oklahoma, winning every game from 1989 to 1992 against Oklahoma. Twice Oklahoma was ranked in the top 10 when Gardere beat them, including  in 1990 when Oklahoma missed a field goal at the end that would have won the game.

The lowest scoring game of the series: Texas 6, Oklahoma 6, 1976

Oklahoma was ranked No. 3, while Texas was No. 16.

In a game that featured Earl Campbell running the ball for Texas, there were only 12 combined points scored. Russell Erxleben hit two field goals, one from 57 yards. Oklahoma scored the only touchdown with 1:38 left, but a bad snap led to a botched extra point and the game ended in a tie.

The worst Texas offensive performance: 1985, Oklahoma 14, Texas 7

The third fewest yards Texas has ever gained was the 70 yards it managed against Oklahoma in 1985. Texas actually led in this game, but it was the defense scooping a fumble and scoring that led to the only touchdown. After that Oklahoma held Texas to 17 rushing yards and 53 passing yards and four first downs. Of course it’s not as bad as 2000, when Oklahoma held Texas to a Longhorn record of -7 yards rushing.

Texas’ best rushing defense performance: 2009

Texas held Oklahoma to -16 yards rushing in 2009, that’s the 13th best performance in program history. Texas allowed 311 yards passing this game, but what’s more impressive is that Oklahoma never gave up the running game, rushing 22 times for -0.7 yards per carry.

Fewest passing yards allowed by Texas: 1951

Oklahoma had -1 passing yards… and still won 9-7.