On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Texas-Oklahoma matchup.
Here’s how they played out:
1. DID DEDE DEFEAT DBU?
Westbrook, who caught a pair of touchdowns last week in the win over TCU, had a second straight big game — 10 catches, 232 yards and touchdown grabs of 71, 42 and 47 yards. No Sooners receiver — and there’s been some really good ones over the years — has ever had more yards against Texas in this rivalry series. Westbrook averaged six catches a game heading into Saturday, which ranked third in the Big 12. But Texas had some experience at giving up big games to an opposing wideout (see Chad Hansen’s 196-yard, two touchdown night and James Washington’s 91-yard, 1-touchdown day). Iowa State’s Allen Lazard awaits.
2. WHO REPLACED CHRIS WARREN III?
How long will Warren miss with that knee injury? He had 366 yards and three touchdowns in the first four games, a perfect complement to D’Onta Foreman, the Big 12’s leading rusher. Warren is averaging 15.5 carries per game. Not having him on Saturday hurt; Kyle Porter, a freshman, had only six carries for 16 yards, and we never saw Tristian Houston. Even Tyrone Swoopes and his 18-Wheeler package was flat; he had four carries for only 7 yards.
3. DID TEXAS AVOID ANOTHER SPECIAL TEAMS BLUNDER?
In fact, the Longhorns had a big play work for them, not against them, when Joe Mixon muffed a punt deep in OU territory. Trent Domingue and Texas was perfect on Saturday: 2 for 2 on field goals, 4 for 4 on extra points. Special teams, of course, have been a concern. There’s already been four extra point attempts blocked, including three last week in Stillwater, and two of them have been returned for 2-point plays. And Trent Domingue had missed three of his eight attempts.
4. DID TEXAS KEEP SCORING AFTER HALFTIME?
Texas was among the top 25 teams in the country entering Saturday when it came to putting points on the scoreboard — 41.3 points per game. But those have tended to be front-loaded points, most of them coming in the first half of games. In the back-to-back losses at Cal and Oklahoma State, the Longhorns produced only 16 total points in the second half. If you’re talking about averages, Texas was averaging nearly 25 points in the first half, but only 13 in the second. But on Saturday, Texas scored 27 points. The only problem was that OU put up 31.