DALLAS — Entertainers know when they have an audience in their hands.
DeMarco Murray had 96,009 people in his hands with 12:54 remaining. The senior from Las Vegas took a simple run and turned it into a solo dance routine. On his way to a 20-yard touchdown, Murray tip-toed along the sideline, carefully not stepping out of bounds. All at once he silenced half of the Cotton Bowl while sending the other half into hysterics.
The score ended up being the difference in a 28-20 Oklahoma victory over Red River rival Texas on Saturday. But it was just another play Murray can add to his growing list of spectacular moments.
“He just goes out there and he performs,” OU tackle Eric Mensik said. “He’s a performer and he knows how to do it. And he does it really well. I am glad that he is on our team. I really am.”
Murray ended his final game against the Longhorns with 115 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He also collected four receptions for 31 yards, coming up with numerous big plays that kept the Sooners moving.
“That’s something we expect out of DeMarco,” freshman Kenny Stills said. “We know he’s going to come out and play as hard as he can. Just because he had a down week last week, that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to come out this week and play as hard as he can.”
While his teammates have no problem talking about Murray’s stellar performance, he’d rather discuss how his night would not have been possible without the offensive line.
“I thought that the O-line did a great job,” Murray said. “Blocking all day for me and Mossis (Madu). We watched a lot of film on these guys. We knew we had to run the ball. We knew if we get to the secondary, then Mossis and I could create some plays.”