By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
DALLAS — One half of the Cotton Bowl was empty late in the fourth quarter Saturday, but it was Oklahoma’s fans who left early.
What they’d already witnessed was jaw-dropping. The 12th-ranked Sooners were blasted 36-20 in the 108th edition of the Red River Rivalry.
The loss, which dropped OU to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12 Conference, was a stunning display. The Sooners were a two-touchdown favorite going into their attempt at four straight wins against their arch-rival.
Instead, Texas never trailed in the victory that came during a week when rumors swirled its coach — Mack Brown — would be coaching in his final OU-Texas game.
If it turns out to be true, then the Sooners gave him a going-away party.
OU quarterback Blake Bell had a dismal day in first start against the Longhorns, completing just 12 for 27 passes for 134 yards. The lack of completions was one thing, but it was the two interceptions that were killers.
The first was swiped by Texas defensive tackle Chris Johnson and returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
Longhorn quarterback Case McCoy didn’t make those mistakes until the outcome was sealed. He threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy’s only blunder was screen pass OU defensive end Geneo Grissom picked off and returned 55 yards for a touchdown.
But Grissom’s return only brought the Sooners within 16 with 10 minutes left.