It’s halftime at the Cotton Bowl. No. 19 Texas, a 7 1/2-point underdog today, is leading No. 7 Oklahoma 24-17.
First, the Longhorns impressed by standing toe to toe with the undefeated Sooners. Then they impressed even more by taking control in the second quarter, establishing a running game, the offensive line beginning to push around Oklahoma’s defensive front, and Sam Ehlinger making plays. The Sooners trailed 24-10 but converted a couple of fourth downs and scored just before halftime.
The pre-game storylines are all playing out for us:
- Kyler Murray is as electric as advertised. He’s made plays with his feet and with his arm. He’s 11 of 15 for 135 yards and a couple of touchdowns, and has 31 yards on the ground.
- Sam Ehlinger has been steady. He connected with Collin Johnson for 36 yards and 29 yards to Lil’Jordan Humphrey on Texas’ first drive. He’s making good decisions, he’s stepping into his throws and is 10 of 12 for 161 yards and a touchdown, along with 36 rushing yards and another touchdown.
- Texas’ defense has stood toe to toe with Oklahoma’s explosive offense. The Sooners have picked up some chunk plays but haven’t gotten a big one yet. And what a half for UT’s defensive backs:
- Charles Omenihu, who produced a sack and a safety on back-to-back plays last week in Manhattan, got a sack and a tackle for loss in the second quarter today. The Sooners, trailing by a touchdown, had to punt.
Oklahoma: Marquise Brown 4-yard pass from Kyler Murray (Austin Siebert kick, 12:20)
Texas: Collin Johnson 2-yard pass from Lil’Jordan Humphrey (Cameron Dicker kick, 10:14)
Texas: Dicker 44-yard field goal, 5:58
Oklahoma: Seibert 32-yard field goal, 14:56
Texas: Tre Watson 28-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 10:18)
Texas: Ehlinger 9-yard run (Dicker kick, 5:12)
Oklahoma: CeeDee Lamb 5-yard pass from Murray (Siebert kick, :28)
Texas’ offensive drives:
First quarter: TD, FG
Second quarter: TD, TD
Oklahoma’s offensive drives:
First quarter: TD, INT
Second quarter: FG, Punt, TD
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