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October 14, 2012

Early start doesn't stop OU from smashing Texas

DALLAS — Ben Reeves didn’t want to get up. The Dennison, Texas native and diehard Oklahoma fan was not looking forward to the 11 a.m. kick-off for Saturday’s Red River Rivalry between OU and Texas.

As much as Reeves enjoys watching his Sooners play, there were other parts of the weekend he had to sacrifice in order to be at the Cotton Bowl on time.

“I don’t like the early kickoff,” Reeves said. “I wish it was later on in the day around 2:30 or 3 p.m. I have to get up too early to come to the game. And I’d like to have a couple of beers and some refreshments before the game started.”

However, while Reeves despised the pre-noon kick-off, his friend and Texas fan Brad Billy was on the other side of the fence. He looked forward to joining the other 92,500 fans who showed up to see Oklahoma destroy Texas 63-21.

“I like it,” said Billy, who is from Sherman, Texas. “Get here early. Get it going. Get home early.”

This year’s contest was the second season in a row that the Red River Rivalry has been played in the morning. In 2010, the game had a 2:30 p.m. start. By the time fans left the stadium to head home, manners were forgotten by many as reports of fights had broken out throughout the fair.

“Later on in the afternoon, you get all the drunk people,” Billy said. “All of that comes along with that. So the earlier in the morning you don’t get it. Especially with it being a rivalry with Oklahoma and Texas. It’s safer.”

Cody Stull isn’t for the early morning game, not because of the possible drunk fans, but because of the effect it could have on the players.

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