Our five most entertaining Texas-OU games of the Bob Stoops era

In his 18 appearances Stoops was 11-7 against Texas

Posted June 8th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Our favorite game is 2001, when OU's Superman Roy Williams made an incredible play that set up a Sooner pick 6 late in the fourth quarter.
  • Stoops lost to UT in 2008 and still made it to national title game. It remains as one of the Longhorns top games ever against OU.
  • OU shut out Texas in 2004. It was the first time the Longhorns had failed to score since 1980.

Bob Stoops shocked us all Wednesday when he announced he was stepping down at Oklahoma.

The 56-year-old has been a fixture in crimson since 1999, having faced off against Texas 18 times. He won 11 of them.

Here are the five most entertaining Texas-Oklahoma games at the Cotton Bowl during the Stoops era as the Sooners’ coach.


2001: No. 3 Oklahoma 14, No. 5 Texas 3

If you like great offensive production, this wasn’t the game for you. There was a flurry of points in the second quarter, but that was about it for much of the game.

The third-ranked Sooners, nursing a 7-3 lead, put together a nifty, six-minute drive in the fourth quarter with Jason White at quarterback. OU stalled at Texas’ 27 and lined up for a 44-yard field goal. Sooners kicker Tim Duncan had already missed three attempts, however, so Stoops called for a more conservative play: Duncan pooched the kick.

Texas’ Nathan Vasher made a mental error, catching the ball and immediately downing it at the 3.

The Longhorns had two minutes left to try to go 97 yards for the winning touchdown. On first down, OU safety Roy Williams blitzed, leaping high in the air in an effort to sack Texas quarterback Chris Simms. Williams deflected Simms’ pass and linebacker Teddy Williams picked it off and scored an easy, but emphatic, touchdown.

It was Oklahoma’s eighth straight win over a ranked team since the Sooners lost to No. 23 Texas back in 1999.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Stoops said. “This is a special game for our players. Just coming down that tunnel, the atmosphere; the players enjoy that. The OU-Texas rivalry is back to where it should be.”

2008: No. 5 Texas 45, No. 1 Oklahoma 35

That year’s game featured the top two vote-getters in the 2008 Heisman Trophy race — OU’s Sam Bradford and Texas’ Colt McCoy.

The Sooners were showing off their new, high-paced offense. They twice built leads of 11 points. Bradford threw for 387 yards and five touchdowns, and his final scoring throw, a 14-yarder to Manuel Johnson, gave OU a 35-30 advantage with 12 minutes left in the game. But the Longhorns rallied with two Cody Johnson touchdowns to upset the top-ranked Sooners.

“This is only one game, and it’s over now,” Bradford said. “We can learn from our mistakes and refocus our efforts on the rest of our games from here on out. We still have a lot of football left to play.”

Texas took over the nation’s No. 1 ranking the following week. However, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all ended up in a tie for the Big 12’s South division. The Sooners won the tiebreaker based on their higher spot in the BCS standings (OU was No. 2, Texas was No. 3). That set up Oklahoma’s appearance in the national championship game.

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2002: No. 2 Oklahoma 35, No. 3 Texas 24

Texas clung to a 17-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Longhorns were no match for Sooners tailback Quentin Griffin, who had nailed them two years before with an NCAA record-tying six touchdowns.

Griffin helped Oklahoma blast to a 35-17 lead with 3:02 left in the game. He finished with 248 yards on 32 carries and he scored twice in the fourth quarter, a 2-yard pass and a 17-yard run. The Sooners’ defense limited Texas, which featured the likes of Simms, Roy Williams and Cedric Benson, to 209 total yards.

2004: No. 2 Oklahoma 12, No. 5 Texas 0

Sooners tailback Adrian Peterson, playing in his first Red River Rivalry game, dazzled. He rushed for 225 yards on 32 carries. He didn’t score, but his running set up OU’s two field goals and touchdown.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s defense smothered the Longhorns. It was the first shutout Texas had suffered since 1980’s 16-0 loss at 11th-ranked Baylor. The streak had lasted 281 games, then the longest in the country.

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1999: No. 23 Texas 38, Oklahoma 28

It was Stoops’ first Texas-OU game as the Sooners’ head coach. Oklahoma, led by junior college transfer quarterback Josh Hypel, started hot, overwhelming Texas for 17 quick points. But the Longhorns flipped the script in the second quarter and the game was tied 17-17 at halftime.

At the end of the third, Texas owned a 31-28 lead. The only scoring in the fourth was Major Applewhite’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Nunez.