Hand out photo courtesy of the University of Texas Athletics Department of Randy McEachern and coach Fred Akers. Received 09/25/07.

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Five one-game stars who helped propel Texas over Oklahoma

Posted October 6th, 2016

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The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry has created plenty of legends.

From Peter Gardere to Ricky Williams to Vince Young and Colt McCoy — the Longhorns’ best have put up big numbers in wins over the Sooners.

Others have made their names on one game alone, helping deliver a signature win with a game-changing play or career day. Here are a few that made our list:

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1989: Padgett’s fumble recovery

This game is famous for being Gardere’s first of four-straight wins over Oklahoma, but that streak may have never happened if not for Mical Padgett.

Late in the first quarter, with the game tied 7-7, Padgett picked up a fumble and returned it 44 yards for a score. Texas used that momentum to take a 20-7 halftime lead, but still needed Gardere’s heroics to pull out the win in the final minutes.

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1983: Simmons breaks out

One of the best performances ever by a freshman in the game’s history. A top recruit, Edwin Simmons ran 14 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns as No. 2-ranked Texas beat No. 8 Oklahoma 28-16. It should have been the first of many big games for Simmons, but a knee injury quickly followed.

Kirk Bohls wrote about Simmons’ performance against OU back in 2012:

To this day, Simmons remains the best specimen I’ve ever seen even though his knee gave out on his first carry against Arkansas the week after OU and was never the same.

1991: Bubba’s big run

Another play that helped Gardere earn his place in history, Bubba Jacques’ fumble return in 1991 will forever be etched in Texas lore. Jacques took advantage of a fumble by Sooners fullback Mike McKinley and raced 30 yards to put Texas ahead 10-7 early in the fourth quarter.

The score held up, allowing unranked Texas to knock off No. 6-ranked Oklahoma.

1977: Off the bench, into history

Hand out photo courtesy of the University of Texas Athletics Department of Randy McEachern and coach Fred Akers. Received 09/25/07.
Randy McEachern and coach Fred Akers. (University of Texas Athletics).

Randy McEachern’s is a famous story. He went to Dallas as the third-string quarterback, but by the end of the first quarter starting quarterback Mark McBath (broken ankle) and backup John Aune (knee) were both out with injuries.

Like something out of a dream, McEachern came in and led the Longhorns to their first win over Oklahoma since 1970.

1994: Stonie’s wall

Down 17-10 and facing fourth-and-goal from Texas’ 3-yard line, Oklahoma had one more chance to score and potentially tie the game with less than a minute left.

It looked like the Sooners had fooled everyone when they opted for a reverse, and James Allen came around the left end with the goal line in sight. What happened next ensured that Stonie Clark’s name would be remembered by Texas fans forever.

All 350 pounds of Clark met Allen just as he was about the cross the plane, giving the Longhorns the win. Watch the play below.

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