NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma vs. Texas |
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: (2) Texas 45, Oklahoma 12
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Vince Young threw for 241 yards with three
touchdowns to lead second-ranked Texas to a 45-12 rout of Oklahoma in the
100th rendition of the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl.
Billy Pittman caught four passes for 100 yards with two scores and Jamaal
Charles added 116 yards with a touchdown on the ground for the Longhorns (5-0,
2-0 Big 12), who snapped a five-game losing streak to their arch-rivals.
Texas had entered the annual game undefeated three times in the past four
years, only to walk out a loser. Each time, though, Oklahoma was the higher
"I'm excited about the win and the hard road for these seniors," said Texas
head coach Mack Brown. "You have to give OU credit for that, they have been
one of the best programs in the country over the past few years."
This was the first time since 1999 that Texas was the higher ranked team. The
Longhorns were No. 23 that season and posted a 38-28 win over an unranked
"This is the best team we have had in a number of years and we are excited
about moving from where we are forward," Brown added. "What we have to do is
go back to work tomorrow and be ready for Colorado."
Young completed 14-of-27 passes without an interception and also ran for 45
yards on 17 attempts, as Texas dominated on both sides of the ball. The
Longhorns outgained the Sooners 444-171.
Oklahoma ran roughshod over Texas last year, as Adrian Peterson gouged the
Longhorn defense for 225 yards in a 12-0 victory. Peterson entered this game
with an ankle injury and finished with just 10 yards on three carries in
Rhett Bomar completed only 12-of-33 passes for 94 yards with a touchdown and
an interception for the Sooners (2-3, 1-1), who suffered their biggest margin
of defeat in the Shootout since a 40-7 setback in 1941.
"Congratulations to Texas, they played an excellent football game," said
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. "The team, coaches and players really executed
well and made big plays. Our compliments go out to them. They are an
excellent football team, which we knew coming in, and they showed it again
The Sooners nearly caught the first break of the game when Texas' Tarell Brown
fumbled the opening kickoff, but he recovered and the Longhorns followed with
a long touchdown drive.
Young completed his first four passes, including a 22-yard strike to Limas
Sweed to convert 3rd-and-2. The Longhorns soon faced 4th-and-1 at the Oklahoma
24 and Charles broke free for 11 yards and a first down. Young was sacked on
the next play, then lofted a perfect pass to Ramonce Taylor in the end zone
for a 15-yard score and a 7-0 lead.
Oklahoma's second series resulted in a 52-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley
and a Texas fumble on the first play of the ensuing possession gave the
Sooners great field position at the Longhorn 26-yard line. The Sooners drove
to the nine, but a third-down pass fell incomplete in the end zone and Hartley
booted a 26-yard field goal to make 7-6 with 1:31 to play in the opening
It took Texas just one play to answer, as Charles scored on an 80-yard run.
Charles broke a pair of tackles within the first 10 yards, then raced up the
middle untouched to the end zone.
After the teams traded punts, it appeared as if Oklahoma came up with a big
turnover when Zach Latimer picked off a Young pass and returned the
interception to the Texas 30. However, a questionable pass interference
penalty gave the ball back to the Longhorns and they took advantage of the
second chance by marching in for a field goal.
"I thought the play was really a breaking point for us," added Stoops. "I am
not at all questioning the call, but we thought we had it, then we didn't,
then they went down and got a field goal. Thinking we had the ball at the 30,
and then not, that was a big swing."
A 22-yard pass from Young to Taylor set up a 37-yard field goal by David Pino
to give Texas a 17-6 lead, and the Longhorns got the ball back with 55 seconds
left in the half after another Oklahoma punt.
Young needed just three plays to put the Longhorns back in the end zone,
hitting Pittman in stride down the left sideline for a 64-yard touchdown to
make it 24-6 heading to the break.
Oklahoma managed just 68 yards of total offense in the first 30 minutes, while
Texas racked up 299.
"Oklahoma throws a lot at you," Young said of his preparation this year. "So I
made it a point to get my head ready and the mental part of the game ready so
that I would be prepared this year."
The Longhorns increased the lead on their second possession of the second
half, as Young found Pittman with a 27-yard scoring toss.
The Sooners followed with a drive across midfield, but Bomar had a pass picked
off by Michael Huff with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
Young then directed a 10-play, 64-yard drive for another Texas touchdown. He
started it with a 15-yard run and connected on two passes to David Thomas for
30 yards, the last a 20-yard strike to set up 1st-and-goal at the Oklahoma
five-yard line. Selvin Young carried it into the end zone on the next play to
give Texas a 38-6 cushion with 13:06 left in the contest.
Oklahoma answered with a touchdown after a pair of 15-yard penalties on the
kickoff gave the Sooners field position at the Texas 38. Bomar capped the
quick five-play drive with a 15-yard scoring toss to Joe Jon Finley, but the
two-point play failed.
The Sooners then got the ball back after a punt and drove to the Texas 23, but
the Longhorn defense came up with the game-sealing play as Bomar fumbled while
being sacked and Rodrique Wright rumbled 67 yards the other way for a
touchdown and a 45-12 lead with 7:41 remaining.
The Longhorns finished with 203 rushing yards and held the Sooners to just 77
on the ground...Texas has now entered the Red River Shootout ranked second
nationally six times and won all six games. The other victories came in 1962,
1963, 1969, 1970 and 1983...The teams play for the Golden Hat, a gold cowboy
hat mounted on a large block of wood...Texas leads the all-time series
10/08 18:44:30 ET