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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 ranked team.

"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 Sooner squad.

"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 limited action.

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 today."

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 quarter.

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.

Game Notes

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 56-39-5.

10/08 18:44:30 ET


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