DALLAS — Oklahoma and Texas walked down the Cotton Bowl tunnel at 11 a.m. on Saturday. By noon, there was no doubt the 107th edition of the Red River Rivalry would be a mismatch.
That’s how long it took for the 13th-ranked Sooners to demonstrate they were going to do whatever they wanted and there wasn’t anything No. 15 Texas could do about it.
OU’s 63-21 victory didn’t even seem that close.
“We were gonna set the pace and we were gonna set the tone. We were not gonna sit around and wait for anyone to tell us what to do,” OU quarterback Landry Jones said. “We were gonna go out there and play hard, play tough and play physical football. That’s what we did today and we were able to accomplish a lot of good things.”
Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Damien Williams rushed for 167 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run. Fullback Trey Metoyer had 164 all purpose yards. Blake Bell rushed for four touchdowns in the first half.
Whatever offensive coordinator Josh Heupel drew up worked.
That might not have seemed odd given the current state of the Big 12 Conference. Offenses reign. Defense is becoming an afterthought.
The Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12), though, are the exception because their defense was exceptional Saturday. It held the Longhorns to 289 total yards. Quarterback David Ash was pummeled all afternoon, finishing the day 13-for-29 for 113 yards and two interceptions.
The Longhorns added just 74 yards on the ground and most of that came in the latter half of the fourth quarter when OU’s starters were plotting how they would plant the school’s flag in the middle of the Cotton Bowl turf for a third straight year or where they wanted to position themselves for the team photo with the Golden Hat.