On Monday, Texas freshman Shane Buechele scrambled from some pressure applied by the media.
While speaking at his weekly availability, Buechele made a reference to Texas’ annual showdown with Oklahoma as the “OU-Texas” game. The quarterback was then asked why he didn’t call it the “Texas-OU” game.
“That’s just how I grew up,” said Buechele, who sat among Oklahoma fans when he attended his only Red River Showdown in 2014. “That’s just how it is.”
Texas fans should probably excuse Buechele for his phrasing, because he was raised in a home full of Sooner fans. Three of Buechele’s siblings attended Oklahoma, and his other brother was also a fan of the Sooners. Buechele conceded that not even his status as the starting quarterback at the University of Texas will get his two sisters to be seen in orange this weekend. (Shane expects that Amber and Jordan Buechele will be wearing a more-neutral white, although Amber told the Dallas Morning News that she did order a jersey that is half-Oklahoma, half-Texas).
Buechele has thrown for 959 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and 65.6 percent of his 119 passes have been completed. Buechele’s fifth career start will come against an Oklahoma team that is ranked 20th in the Associated Press’ poll.
How have other Longhorn quarterbacks performed in their first starts against the Sooners? Texas has gone 3-7 in the last 10 games that have featured a quarterback making his first start against Oklahoma:
Major Applewhite (1998)
Applewhite led Texas to a 34-3 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 10, 1998. Applewhite completed 14 of his 27 attempts, and he threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Chris Simms (2001)
Simms and the Longhorns were beaten 14-3 by Oklahoma on Oct. 6, 2001. Simms completed 24 of his 42 attempts, and he threw for 198 yards. He was intercepted four times, the third of which led to Oklahoma’s game-sealing touchdown.
Chance Mock (2003)
Mock and the Longhorns were beaten 65-13 by Oklahoma on Oct. 11, 2013. Vince Young compiled the better stats in this blowout loss, but Mock was given the start. Mock completed four of his nine pass attempts, and he threw for 21 yards and an interception.
Vince Young (2004)
Young and the Longhorns were beaten 12-0 by Oklahoma on Oct. 9, 2004. Young completed eight of his 23 passes, and he threw for 86 yards. Young also ran for 54 yards.
Colt McCoy (2006)
McCoy led Texas to a 28-10 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 7, 2006. McCoy completed 11 of his 18 attempts, and he threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Garrett Gilbert (2010)
Gilbert and the Longhorns were beaten 28-20 by Oklahoma on Oct. 2, 2010. Gilbert completed 27 of his 41 attempts, and he did not throw a touchdown pass. He was intercepted once.
Case McCoy (2011)
McCoy and the Longhorns were beaten 55-17 by Oklahoma on Oct. 8, 2011. Even though David Ash threw more passes in this game, McCoy was the team’s starter. He did not throw for a touchdown, but he completed nine of his 16 attempts for 116 yards.
David Ash (2012)
Ash and the Longhorns were beaten 63-21 by Oklahoma on Oct, 13, 2012. Case McCoy threw Texas’ two touchdown passes, but Ash earned the start this year. Ash completed 13 of his 29 attempts, and he threw for 113 yards. Ash was intercepted twice.
Tyrone Swoopes (2014)
Swoopes and the Longhorns were beaten 31-26 by Oklahoma on Oct. 11, 2014. Swoopes completed 27 of his 44 attempts, and he threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns. Swoopes was intercepted once, but he also rushed for 50 yards and a score.
Jerrod Heard (2015)
Heard led Texas to a 24-17 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 10, 2015. Heard completed eight of his 11 attempts, and he threw for 53 yards and a touchdown. Heard also rushed for 115 yards.
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