How it all happened Saturday at the Cotton Bowl:
Oklahoma 7, Texas 0. For the fourth time in six games, Texas gave up points on an opponent’s opening possession. This time it was an early Lincoln Riley gamble on fourth-and-goal, a rollout by Jalen Hurts, who found CeeDee Lamb for an easy toss. Lamb has now caught a touchdown in eight straight games. The Sooners out-rushed the Longhorns 89-3 and outgained them 136-35 overall. OU has now outscored teams 69-7 in the first quarter.
OU: CeeDee Lamb 1-yard pass from Jalen Hurts (Gabe Brkic kick, 9:54)
Halftime: Oklahoma 10, Texas 3. Hurts, who lost a fumble at UT’s 7-yard line in the first quarter, threw an interception to Brandon Jones in the end zone on the first drive of the second. And the Sooners later had to settle for a short field goal, opting not to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2. Texas, meanwhile, never ventured past OU’s 31 in the first half. Cameron Dicker was iced three times by OU timeouts, but still nailed a long field goal to close the half.
OU: Brkic 19-yard field goal (1:54)Texas: Cameron Dicker 49-yard field goal (:00)
Oklahoma 20, Texas 17. Roschon Johnson got the Longhorns back into the game with a big third quarter. He set up his own touchdown run with a 57-yard carry. The Sooners struck back on a flea-flicker touchdown to Lamb, but at the end of the quarter, OU cornerback Tre Brown was flagged once for defensive holding and once for pass interference while covering Collin Johnson; the latter flag, in the end zone, led to Sam Ehlinger’s short touchdown.
Texas: Roschon Johnson 4-yard run (Dicker kick, 8:48)OU: Lamb 51-yard pass from Hurts (Brkic kick, 7:45)
OU: Brkic 34-yard field goal (4:44)
Texas: Sam Ehlinger 2-yard run (Dicker kick, :00)
Final: Oklahoma 34, Texas 27. The defense, which kept Texas in this game for three quarters, started missing tackles. Lamb, Kennedy Brooks and Rhamondre Stevenson all gashed the Horns for big gains. And Hurts’ short touchdown on third-and-goal with four minutes left effectively put the game away, and it came right up the middle. And like in the LSU loss, the Horns scored late, but couldn’t come up with the onside kick. It was Collin Johnson who came oh so close against the Tigers, and it was Brennan Eagles on Saturday.
OU: Lamb 27-yard pass from Hurts (Brkic kick, 11:56)
Texas: Dicker 32-yard field goal (6:53)
OU: Hurts 2-yard run (Brkic kick, 4:19)
Texas: Ehlinger 4-yard run (Dicker kick, 1:49)
First downs: Texas 25, Oklahoma 21
Rushes-yards-TD: Oklahoma 38-232-1, Texas 36-100-3
Comp.-Att.-Int.: Oklahoma 16-28-235-1, Texas 26-38-210-0
Return yards: Texas 79, Oklahoma 23
Punts-Avg.: Texas 7-40.1, Oklahoma 2-38.0
Fumbles-Lost: Texas 1-0, Oklahoma 1-1
Penalties-Yards: Oklahoma 7-84, Texas 9-49
Time of possession: Texas 30:50, Oklahoma 29:10
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 26-38-210, 0/0. Oklahoma — Hurts 16-28-235, 3/1
RUSHING: Texas — R. Johnson 8-95-1, Ingram 2-9, Duvernay 3-5, Ehlinger 23- (-9); Oklahoma — Hurts 17-131-1, Brooks 10-61, Stevenson 6-37, Pledger 1-5, Lamb 1-4
RECEIVING: Texas — Duvernay 8-54, C. Johnson 6-82, R. Johnson 4-23, Epps 3-29, Eagles 2-12, Ingram 2-0, Brewer 1-10; Oklahoma — Lamb 10-171-3, Rambo 3-23, Willis 1-25, Basquine 1-17, Brooks 1-(-1)