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Oklahoma 31, Texas 26: Longhorns dominate statistically, but fall short

Posted October 11th, 2014

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Texas’ Naashon Hughes (40) brings down Oklahoma’s quarterback Trevor Knight (9) in the second half. Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman

IT’S OVER.

Oklahoma has beaten Texas, 31-26.

The Longhorns, clock-challenged and 80 yards away from the winning score, couldn’t pull any last-minute miracles — their last-gasp drive, which started with only 18 seconds left, doomed by an incomplete pass, an 11-yard scramble that took up 12 costly seconds, and a holding penalty.

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The mismanaging of timeouts in the second half — both to avoid delay of game penalties, including one on the critical 2-point play at the end of the game, when it appeared the Longhorns weren’t clear on what play to call — certainly played a role.

But beyond that, blame can be pinned on penalties (Texas committed 11 of them, and 10 were on offense), special teams (OU scored on a 91-yard kickoff return), miscues (the fumbled punt snap, the fumbled shotgun snap at Oklahoma’s 2, and the pick-six) and the inability to finish drives.

Texas had a chance at the end thanks to its defense, which forced a punt after the Longhorns’ previous touchdown. But the punt came too late; OU was able to secure a key first down on its final drive to milk the clock.

Texas falls to 2-4 overall, and 1-2 in the Big 12. Oklahoma improves to 5-1, 2-1.

It’s the Longhorns’ worst start to a season since 1956, the year before Darrell Royal was hired.

Up next for Texas: Iowa State, 7 p.m. next Saturday, at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The Sooners host Kansas State.

Some game stats:

First downs: Texas 24, Oklahoma 11

Total yards: Texas 482, Oklahoma 232

Third-down conversions: Texas 7-18, Oklahoma 1-11

Passing yards: Texas 334, Oklahoma 129

Rushing yards: Texas 148, Oklahoma 103

Penalties: Texas 11-80, Oklahoma 3-20

Time of possession: Texas 37:58, Oklahoma 22:02

Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 27-44-334, 2/1; Oklahoma — Trevor Knight 12-20-129, 1/0

Rushing: Texas — Malcolm Brown 19-78, Swoopes 11-50-1, Johnathan Gray 9-20; Oklahoma — Samaje Perine 18-62-1, Sterling Shepard 3-25, Alex Ross 4-9, K.J. Young 1-5, Trevor Knight 4-2

Receiving: Texas — Jaxon Shipley 9-114, Marcus Johnson 7-93, John Harris 5-90-2, Gray 2-20, Dorian Leonard 1-7, Jacorey Warrick 1-5, Armanti Foreman 1-3, Brown 1-2; Oklahoma — Shepard 4-63-1, Blake Bell 2-30, Durron Neal 2-24, Perine 2-6, Aaron Ripkowski 1-6, Ross 1-0

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 4:57 left.

It’s Oklahoma 31, Texas 26

Tyrone Swoopes has brought the Longhorns to within one score with nearly 5 minutes to play, a 12-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown.

But on the 2-point play, the blocking up front wasn’t there and Swoopes was stopped short.

The Longhorns, down by two scores, quickened the pace after Jaxon Shipley‘s big 35-yard punt return set Texas up at Oklahoma’s 48-yard line to start its drive.

Swoopes made a couple of nice runs, a 12-yard run up the middle and a 13-yard run that included hurdling a would-be tackler down to the 23.

Malcolm Brown carried it down the 19, and Swoopes then hit Dorian Leonard — a true freshman, making his first catch as a Longhorn — over the middle for a first down at the 12.

Swoopes scored on the next play, after a fake handoff to Johnathan Gray.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 8:24 left.

It’s Oklahoma 31, Texas 20.

The Longhorns have scored a much-needed touchdown, but took four-and-a-half minutes to do it. Still, they’re back in the game with more than 8 minutes to go.

On third-and-goal, Tyrone Swoopes lofted a pass to John Harris, who came down with the catch and kept his foot in bounds.

Texas’ drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:26 off the clock.

It was a must-score drive for the Longhorns, who were trailing by 18 points. Knowing that, Charlie Strong decided to go for it on fourth down from Texas’ own 34-yard line, with 11:15 left.

The Longhorns called a timeout before the play to prevent a delay of game penalty; on the play, Swoopes faked the handoff up the middle and kept it for the one yard and first down.

Later, on third-and-10, Swoopes improvised on a rollout and threw a soft pass to John Harris to convert the first. Then, two plays later, he hit Marcus Johnson for a 41-yard pass and run, as Texas caught OU on the blitz.

On first-and-goal from the 5, Malcolm Brown was stopped for a short gain. On second down from the 2, Brown bulled to the 1.

Swoopes kept it up the middle on third down and got into the endzone, but the Longhorns were flagged for an illegal formation, moving the ball back to the 6. That set up the touchdown pass.

Earlier updates …

FOURTH QUARTER.

There’s 12:50 left.

It’s Oklahoma 31, Texas 10.

The Longhorns have a lot of time to work with, but are three touchdowns behind and look like they’re in trouble again in Dallas.

Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, handcuffed for most of the day, has scored on a 13-yard run up the middle.

The Big 12’s leading rusher has only 38 yards on the day, off 10 carries.

The big play on the five-play, 47-yard drive that took only 1:20 off the clock was a nice gainer by Sterling Shepard, off a screen pass to the middle of the field.

OU’s offensive line is beginning to look like it’s controlling things. Yet again, Texas’ defense appears to be tiring in the fourth quarter, and the Sooners have produced touchdowns on two of their last three possessions.

Earlier updates …

THIRD QUARTER.

There’s 4:17 left.

It’s Oklahoma 24, Texas 13.

Oklahoma, dormant on its first two drives, turned to the up-tempo to wake up.

The Sooners quickened the pace, moved the ball downfield and scored on Trevor Knight‘s 25-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard, who beat Quandre Diggs on the left side.

Both Texas and Oklahoma saw their first three drives of the second half fizzle. The Sooners looked like they were getting something going after Shepard’s 31-yard run brought the Sooners to midfield on OU’s first drive, but things went south from there. Texas looked off on its first drive as well, going three and out.

Texas’ Will Russ, by the way, boomed a 61-yard punt with no return.

Earlier updates …

IT’S HALFTIME.

No. 11 Oklahoma leads Texas, 17-13.

It’s been a strange game. The Longhorns are dominating statistically, moving the ball well on offense, controlling things on defense, and enjoying a big advantage in time of possession.

But the Sooners have used two big plays — a 91-yard kickoff return and a 43-yard interception return, both for touchdowns — and have been helped by several Texas miscues to take the halftime lead.

So far, for Texas …

The good: Tyrone Swoopes is having a nice game, for the most part. He’s making plays with his legs, completing clutch passes on third down, and making plays. The defense is playing as well as any Texas fan could’ve hoped for. Runs are getting stuffed. Tackles are being made.

The bad: The Longhorns are shooting themselves in the foot with penalties. False starts, holds, etc. The running game isn’t having the success that Texas needed it to. And the offense isn’t finishing drives.

The ugly: Swoopes’ pick-six. Giving OU the long kick return. John Harris‘ holding penalty that called back Swoopes’ 73-yard run. The third-down off-the-facemask fumble at OU’s 2.

Some first-half stats:

First downs: Texas 14, OU 1

Total yards: Texas 278, OU 29

Third-down conversions: Texas is 5 of 10; OU is 0 of 4

Passing yards: Texas 172, OU 21

Rushing yards: Texas 106, OU 8

Turnovers: Texas 1, OU 0

Time of possession: Texas 22:28, OU 7:32

Passing: Texas — Tyrone Swoopes 14-21-172, 1/1; Oklahoma — Trevor Knight 4-6-21, 0-0

Rushing: Texas — Malcolm Brown 10-69, Swoopes 6-20, Johnathan Gray 7-17; Oklahoma — Samaje Perine 5-8, Alex Ross 1-1.

Receiving: Texas — Jaxon Shipley 7-84, John Harris 2-53-1, Marcus Johnson 3-27, Jacorey Warrick 1-5, Armanti Foreman 1-3; Oklahoma — Blake Bell 1-15, Sterling Shepard 1-9, Alex Ross 1-0, Samaje Perine 1-(-3).

Oklahoma will get the ball to start the second half.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 48 seconds left.

It’s Oklahoma 17, Texas 13.

Nick Rose has kicked a 20-yard field goal to inch the Longhorns closer, but Texas’ latest drive was another what-if series.

Remember what happened on Baylor’s 1 last week, just before halftime? It very nearly happened again.

On third-and-goal from OU’s 2-yard line, the shotgun snap to Tyrone Swoopes bounced off the quarterback’s facemask and back toward the line of scrimmage. Texas recovered, however, and salvaged the field goal.

Jake Raulerson isn’t playing center this week. It’s Taylor Doyle.

The key play on the drive? A third-and-7 completion to Marcus Johnson over the middle for 18 yards. Johnathan Gray rattled off a nice run inside the 10.

Texas is having success finding holes in OU’s zone, particularly over the middle.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 8:17 left.

It’s Oklahoma 17, Texas 10.

The Longhorns have gotten back into this game, answering Oklahoma’s pick-six touchdown with a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Tyrone Swoopes to John Harris, the senior’s fifth touchdown catch of the season.

Texas is moving the ball today — 209 yards, compared to OU’s 20 so far.

But Texas also has had five false start penalties, one delay of game, a holding penalty that wiped out a 73-yard run, and a pick-six.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 11:18 left.

It’s Oklahoma 17, Texas 3.

The Sooners have produced 20 yards of total offense — and are threatening to blow this game away already.

On a second-and-9 from Texas’ 34-yard line, Oklahoma linebacker Zack Sanchez stepped in front of Jacorey Warrick, picking off Tyrone Swoopes‘ pass and returning it 43 yards for a touchdown.

Crazy stat: It was Sanchez’s seventh interception in his last nine games.

Earlier updates …

SECOND QUARTER.

There’s 13:19 left.

It’s Oklahoma 10, Texas 3.

Michael Hunnicutt‘s 44-yard field goal has put the Sooners up by 7 points.

It was a short drive for Oklahoma, which began on Texas’ 46-yard line.

Malcom Brown tipped Trevor Knight‘s third-down pass at the line, forcing the long field goal attempt.

Earlier updates …

END OF THE FIRST QUARTER.

Oklahoma leads Texas, 7-3.

Things are settling down in Dallas. Both Texas’ and Oklahoma’s last two drives have resulted in punts.

On the Sooners’ last drive, nice defensive plays from Naashon Hughes on first down and Malcom Brown on second put Oklahoma into a third-and-9 situation, and Jordan Hicks stuffed Trevor Knight‘s third down dump off, forcing a punt.

Penalties, meanwhile, are hurting Texas. There already have been six Longhorns miscues, including one HUGE one — a holding call on John Harris that wiped out a 73-yard run from Tyrone Swoopes. There also have been four false start calls — two on Geoff Swaim, one each on Sedrick Flowers and Marcus Hutchins.

That doomed the drive. Marcus Johnson dropped a second down pass and Swoopes’ third-down effort to Harris was incomplete.

Texas went three and out on its drive to close the first quarter, which ended with Swoopes getting sacked.

The Sooners will take over to start the second quarter, at Texas’ 46  — that field position was helped by a 15-yard penalty on Adrian Colbert, who hit OU’s punt returner early.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 4:12 left.

It’s still Oklahoma 7, Texas 3.

After the opening flurry — Texas’ long drive, then Oklahoma’s kickoff return touchdown — things have started to settle down, just as Charlie Strong predicted they would on Monday.

Texas went three and out on its second drive. And the Longhorns stuffed Oklahoma on its first drive, making two nice defensive plays on second and third downs.

The Longhorns will take over at their own 23.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 8:04 left.

It’s Oklahoma 7, Texas 3.

The Longhorns’ lead lasted all of 12 seconds.

On the kickoff following Texas’ opening field goal, Oklahoma’s Alex Ross returned it 91 yards for the touchdown. He’s leading the nation in kick returns.

Earlier updates …

FIRST QUARTER.

There’s 8:16 left.

It’s Texas 3, Oklahoma 0.

The Longhorns have struck first, on Nick Rose‘s 20-yard field goal.

Oklahoma won the toss, and Texas got the ball to start the game. In an early test of this Longhorns offense, that first drive was highlighted by xxxx, lowlighted by three false start penalties, very nearly imploded with a turnover-turned-defensive touchdown, and ultimately yielded 3 points.

The first play of the game? A quick flip run to Jaxon Shipley, for a 4-yard gain.

Second play: A false start penalty on left tackle Marcus Hutchins.

Third play: A nice pass and catch to Shipley,

On third-and-2, from the 33, Malcolm Brown popped through a nice hole opened by Taylor Doyle and Alex De La Torre, for the first down and a 11-yard gain.

There was near disaster on the next play, as Brown was gang-tackled after a short run. But as he fell to the ground, the ball emerged from the scrum. Oklahoma’s xxx scooped it up and ran it back for a touchdown, but after a lengthy review, it was ruled that Brown was down.

The call on the field was overturned, and Texas kept the ball at its own 47.

A false start penalty on Geoff Swaim moved it back to a second-and-11. Tyrone Swoopes found Marcus Johnson for a 5-yard toss, and on third-and-6, Swoopes found the seldom-used Jacorey Warrick for a first down in Sooners territory.

Johnathan Gray‘s first carry went backward, a 5-yard loss. But Swoopes found Johnathan Harris in a soft spot in OU’s zone for a first down.

Swaim was flagged for another false start. Then, Texas was flagged for delay of game. That turned a first-and-10 into a first-and-20 without the ball being snapped, but on that play, Swoopes found Shipley down the right sideline for a big gain to Oklahoma’s 13.

Two runs didn’t go very far, and Swoopes’ lofted pass to Harris in the endzone was incomplete.

First classy coaching move of the day: Texas’ game captains are Josh Turner and Demarco Cobbs. Both are seniors, playing their final Texas-OU game, and are from Oklahoma.

Rose is now 4 of 8 on the year.

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