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Horns pound Sooners 36-20

Posted October 12th, 2013

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IT’S OVER.

Texas has beaten 12th-ranked Oklahoma 36-20.

The Longhorns improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12.

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The Sooners drop to 5-1, 2-1.

The story of the game? There were a couple of big storylines:

Mack Brown’s seat is a little less hot.

Case McCoy, playing in his final Red River Rivalry game, can finally remind Colt at the dinner table that he, too, beat the Sooners.

The Longhorns won convincingly because they out-physicaled the Sooners, both offensively and defensively. Texas’ offensive line played its best game of the season, as did the defense.

Johnathan Gray (29 carries, 123 yards) continued his recent run of strong performances. He was averaging 103 yards over his last four outings. Malcolm Brown (23-120) also ran hard.

Texas’ two biggest weapons — Daje Johnson and Mike Davis — produced big plays. Johnson had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, Texas’ first since Jordan Shipley returned one against Colorado in 2009. And Davis had only one catch, but it was a big one: a 38-yard over the shoulders touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Blake Bell really struggled. He was 12 of 26 for 133 yards, with two interceptions — one of which was a pick-six by Chris Whaley. McCoy was 13 of 21 for 190 yards, but also had two touchdowns on nicely-thrown passes of 59 and 38 yards. He was picked once, which went for a pick-six.

Key stat? Texas was 13 of 20 on third-down conversions. Oklahoma was 2 of 13.

The Longhorns had 445 yards of total offense and held Oklahoma to 263.

Texas is off next week. The Longhorns next play at TCU on Oct. 26.

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FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 10:07 left.

It’s Texas 36, Oklahoma 20.

The Sooners have produced a pick-six of their own, as defensive end Geneo Grissom batted a short pass from Case McCoy to Malcolm Brown, then rambled 54 yards for a score.

It was McCoy’s first interception in his previous 126 attempts, dating back to Kansas State last year.

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 21 seconds left.

It’s Texas 36, Oklahoma 13.

The Longhorns are looking sharp heading into the final quarter. They’ve just produced a 9-play, 70-yard drive that took 3:56 off the clock, culminating in a brilliant 38-yard touchdown pass from Case McCoy to Mike Davis.

It was Davis’ first catch of the day. And a pretty one, too. He came down with the high, lofted pass that dropped into his hands, over his shoulder, in the end zone.

The drive was set up by a turnover. Duke Thomas picked off a Blake Bell pass at the Texas 30, with just over four minutes left in the third.

Adrian Phillips, who appeared to hurt his shoulder on OU’s last drive, probably won’t return to the game.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 7:22 left.

It’s Texas 29, Oklahoma 13.

Now we know why the Longhorns moved Daje Johnson to punt returns this week.

The sophomore slot receiver/tailback/weapon has just made his first big impact in this game, returning an OU punt 85  yards for a touchdown.

Anthony Fera’s extra point was blocked.

It was the first punt return for a touchdown for Texas since Jordan Shipley returned one against Colorado back in 2009. That’s a span of 53 games.

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THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 11:08 left.

It’s Texas 23, Oklahoma 13.

Oklahoma has kicked a 37-yard field goal by Mike Hunnicutt on the Sooners’ opening drive of the second half.

The big play: A 17-yard pass from Blake Bell to Trey Millard on a second-and-7. Both Steve Edmonds and Dalton Santos bit on a play-action, allowing Millard to sneak past them in coverage. That put the Sooners in field goal position.

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IT’S HALFTIME.

Texas leads Oklahoma, 23-10.

Anthony Fera has kicked his third field goal of the half — this one from 43 yards — on the final play.

So far, Fera has booted kicks of 50, 43 and 31 yards.

The Longhorns have got to be happy with 23-10. They seemed content to take a 20-10 lead into the break, but a 13-yard run from Malcolm Brown and an 18-yard pass on third down from Case McCoy to Jaxon Shipley across the middle made Texas’ final drive to run out the clock a potential scoring one.

Brown’s 6-yard gain up the middle set Fera up with 3 seconds to go.

It’s been a shocking first half. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, apparently not waiting for the locker room, was seen screaming at his players as they walked in for the half.

Some first-half stats:

Texas has 14 first downs. OU has 6.

Texas has not punted yet.

PASSING: McCoy is 10 of 15 for 143 yards and a touchdown. Blake Bell is 5 of 12 for 35 yards and an interception.

McCoy has not been sacked. Bell has been sacked once, by Jackson Jeffcoat.

RUSHING: Johnathan Gray has 14 carries for 78 yards, and Brown has 12 runs for 69. Joe Bergeron has only one carry, and it was fumbled. OU’s Sterling Shephard (1 carry, 24 yards) and Trey Millard (5-24) are the Sooners’ leading rushers.

RECEIVING: Jaxon Shipley has 5 catches for 59 yards, and Kendall Sanders has 3 for 22. Mike Davis has yet to catch a pass. OU’s Lacoltan Bester has 3 catches for 16 yards.

Total offense: Texas has 303 yards — 160 of that rushing. Oklahoma has 108 total yards (73 rushing, 35 passing).

Both teams have one turnover.

We’re 10 minutes away from kickoff. Oklahoma will get the ball to start the second half.

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SECOND QUARTER

There’s 1:06 left.

It’s Texas 20, Oklahoma 10.

The Sooners, helped by their big 73-yard kickoff return, have scored their first touchdown of the day — a 3-yard run by Damien Williams.

Oklahoma started the drive at Texas’ 27.

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SECOND QUARTER

There’s 3:22 left.

It’s Texas 20, Oklahoma 3.

Anthony Fera has just kicked a 50-yard field goal — a career high for him — to put Texas up by 17.

Case McCoy overthrew a wide open Kendall Sanders on third down. Sanders would’ve scored a touchdown.

OU returned the ensuing kick 73 yards, however, and the Sooners are starting their drive at Texas’ 27.

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SECOND QUARTER

There’s 8:46 left.

It’s Texas 17, Oklahoma 3.

Yes, that’s right. It’s 17-3.

Texas is controlling this first half, both offensively and defensively. Case McCoy has just put the Longhorns up by two touchdowns on a perfectly-thrown 59-yard scoring pass to Marcus Johnson.

So far, McCoy is 8 of 11 for 113 yards and a touchdown.

OU’s Blake Bell? 4 of 11, 31 yards and a pick.

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FIRST QUARTER

There’s 2:29 left.

It’s Texas 10, OU 3.

Back-to-back turnovers committed by the Longhorns and Sooners have led to a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Chris Whaley.

On a third-and-4, Texas blitzed, and Adrian Phillips pressured Blake Bell into a quick throw over the middle. Whaley, who had dropped back, picked off the errant throw and rambled in for the score.

Whaley, if you recall, began his Longhorns career as a running back.

On Texas’ previous drive, the Longhorns appeared to be setting themselves up for a score, but Joe Bergeron fumbled it at OU’s 20-yard line.

Bell had thrown 124 consecutive passes without a pick dating back to 2012, which was the fifth-longest streak among active passers.

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FIRST QUARTER

There’s 6:53 left.

It’s Texas 3, Oklahoma 3.

The Sooners have answered Texas’ opening field goal with a field goal of their own — a 34-yarder from Michael Hunnicutt.

The Longhorns should consider themselves lucky that they’re not trailing 7-3; on third down from the 17, Blake Bell threw to an open Brennan Clay in the end zone, but Clay couldn’t handle the over-the-shoulder catch.

OU drove 58 yards in 10 plays.

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FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 10:30 left.

It’s Texas 3, Oklahoma 0.

Things couldn’t have worked out better for Texas, which received the opening kickoff. The Longhorns have driven 61 yards on 15 plays, striking first with a 31-yard field goal by Anthony Fera.

We got a little bit of everything on the first drive, including:

An early peek at what Texas intends to do today: Run the ball.

The offensive line is getting a nice push.

Case McCoy is making good, early decisions. He hit Kendall Sanders for a 22-yard pass over the middle on a third-and-13 and finding open receivers.

All three tailbacks got carries.

Daje Johnson was involved early, getting the first two touches of the game — a 9-yard run on the first play, followed by a 3-yard catch for a first down.

TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES TO KICKOFF.

We’ve got injury updates from Texas.

As previously mentioned, right tackle Josh Cochran will not play. He’s got an injured shoulder that’s kept him out since the Ole Miss game. Kennedy Estelle will start for him.

Also, offensive tackle Desmond Harrison is out, too. He’s got an injured ankle.

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THIRTY MINUTES TO KICKOFF.

We’re sure this will not remain, but there’s a disproportionate amount of crimson-clad fans here at the Cotton Bowl, compared to those of the burnt orange persuasion. We noticed the same thing walking in, as we made our way through the State Fair crowds.

Some updates:

The line: For some reason, Oklahoma was still a 14-point favorite yesterday. But this morning, Vegas has moved the line back 3 points, down to 11.

Cochran doubtful: We haven’t heard officially yet, but things don’t look good for right tackle Josh Cochran, who hasn’t played since the Ole Miss game with an injured shoulder. He’s on the field, but not in pads. He’s wearing his jersey top, and his arm is in a sling.

Phillips out: OU nosetackle Jordan Phillips will not play. He’s not even suited out. That means Jordan Wade — from Stony Point — should get the start.

Live chat: We’ve launched our live game chat, which can be found on our Bevo Beat blog or off our home page at statesman.com. Staff writers Danny Davis and Dave Behr, along with yours truly, are chatting.

Bowl reps: We’ve spotted reps from the Fiesta Bowl here today.

Both teams are in pads and uniforms, getting warmed up on the field. Texas will wear orange. Oklahoma will be in white.

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