Red River Shootout OU holds off UT, 45-40, reclaims Golden Hat
DALLAS - Oklahoma's tumultuous first quarter very quickly became a distant memory. Soon, its 45-40 win over Texas Saturday at the Cotton Bowl became record-setting.
The Sooners racked up 672 yards of offense to improve to 3-2 and 2-0 in the Big 12.
Head coach Bob Stoops could've singled out a lot of what the offense did as the key, but it was the run game that stood out to him.
"I was really excited of course offensively, run and pass," Stoops said. "Usually who wins this game is who controls the ball and who can run it the best and overall, I thought we did that."
The game was again closer than most expected. Turnovers kept the Sooners from exploding early and allowed Texas to hang around.
A missed field goal and two Baker Mayfield interceptions summed up the first three drives. But those OU miscues four in total could never totally be taken advantage of by the Longhorns, who scored just three points off them.
After taking a 3-0 lead, a Texas turnover set up OU's first score, when Samaje Perine plunged in from two yards with 1:43 left in the first.
The lead didn't last long with Texas needing just 2:22 to respond and get back on top with a D'Onta Foreman 1-yard TD run with 14:21 left in the second.
Joe Mixon lost a fumble on the next drive and then the teams traded three punts before OU's new breakout star, Dede Westbrook, started to exercise his prowess.
Mayfield hooked up with the redshirt senior over the top for a 71-yard touchdown, igniting what would become the best receiving day in terms of yardage in program history.
"When he's healthy, nobody can compete with his speed," Mayfield said. "That's the type of thing I like to exploit, that he can outrun people. He's got track-like speed and that's why I like throwing to him."
The two got together twice more in the third quarter with scores of 42 and 47 yards. It was a formula for the Sooners to pull away if their banged up defense didn't allow the same fate for Texas.
Freshman quarterback Shane Buechele burned OU cornerback Jordan Thomas twice in the third. He went 63 yards to Devin Duvernay and then 45 yards to Dorian Leonard, a score that gave Texas a 27-21 lead with 10:43 left in the third.
"It was tough," said Thomas, who had two big pass breakups in the first half on deep balls. "I had a pretty good first half and then coming out in the second half, they just made plays. They didn't do anything tricky."
Mayfield, who entered the stadium in a boot before warmups, capped off a drive with a 4-yard scramble for a TD to give OU a 28-27 lead with 8:13 left in the third that it would never lose again.