“We had some quarterback run game in. They were reading it, they were squeezing it, so we were giving the ball out on the perimeter,” Heupel said. “We had a couple inside plays, but we didn’t have much success with it.”
Little OU did Saturday had much success. The defense was a mess, too. Texas rolled up 445 yards and converted 13 of 20 third downs. Even when OU got Texas in a third-and-long situation — especially in the first half — the Longhorns made the play.
“They just outplayed us. Their attitude and effort was stronger than our attitude and our effort throughout the course of today,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “That’s really what’s going to happen in a game like this. We’ve got to get our edge back and play better.”
OU might have had a chance to do that in the third quarter, but Texas’ Daje Johnson ripped off an 85-yard punt return, and Davis caught the touchdown pass late in the quarter to a 23-point lead. For the first time since 2009, the OU half of the Cotton Bowl began to empty before the game was over.
There was little left to see except Geneo Grissom’s 54-yard interception return and the final bit of offensive incompetence on the Sooners’ final possession.
“All together, it was a bad, bad game on our part,” center Gabe Ikard said.
Just when you think the Red River Rivalry looks like a sure thing, a game like Saturday’s occurs.
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