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October 14, 2013

Losing Longhorns changing their tune

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DALLAS —

The Longhorns have an open date before their next game Oct. 26 at TCU. Their final two regular-season games are at home Thanksgiving night against No. 16 Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0) and then at 12th-ranked Baylor (5-0, 2-0), the only other teams so far without a Big 12 loss.

Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1), at Kansas next, dropped six spots to 18th in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll Sunday.

The Sooners, who play four of their last six Big 12 games on the road, were two-touchdown favorites against Texas. They instead had their 10-game conference winning streak snapped.

“We knew the level of talent of their players. We knew that we couldn’t be overconfident and overlook them because they could definitely beat us with the players they have,” Sooners senior center Gabe Ikard said. “We just came out and we didn’t play well. We didn’t play well on offense for sure. Didn’t play well on defense. Gave up some big plays on special teams. So we just got outplayed.”

Texas scored its first two non-offensive touchdowns this season, including Daje Johnson’s 85-yard punt return midway through the third quarter to stretch its lead to 29-13. McCoy then threw his second TD pass, a 38-yarder to Mike Davis.

The Longhorns never trailed after 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley, a converted running back, intercepted a pass and rumbled 31 yards for a touchdown that made it 10-3 late in the first quarter. He dived with the ball extended to get in the end zone with Sooners quarterback Blake Bell riding on his back.

“We were telling the guys that we have to come out and punch them in the mouth the whole game and that is what we did,” said Whaley, another Texas senior. “We realized that we could play like this every Saturday and if we play like this every Saturday, there is no limit to what we can do.”

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