This is a Texas team that allowed 463 yards from scrimmage against Iowa State, yet held the Sooners to 200 less, a figure the Sooner Nation hasn’t experienced dropping so low in several seasons.
This is a Texas team that was dead in the water and now, courtesy of OU not showing up, may now be the favorite to go win a conference championship.
“We have a chance to win the Big 12 and go on to the BCS,” said Longhorn skipper Mack Brown, who got to enjoy his biggest win since … well, since Texas slipped on a banana peel in 2010 and, until Saturday afternoon, had failed to pick itself back up. “We’re not in the grave. We’re crawling out.”
It hurt that Bell reminded everybody of Landry Jones at his worst, tossing a pick six, seemingly holding the ball even longer than he held it against TCU and, after having Brennan Clay drop one in the end zone in the first quarter, had a heck of a time completing anything but the most elementary of throws.
But it hurt much more that OU got pushed around on both sides of the line of scrimmage, gave up third down after third down after third down and failed to make any big plays until it was much too late, although Roy Finch and Geneo Grissom deserve congratulations for getting Sooner fans to halt their fourth-quarter exodus.
You can lay about all of it at the feet of effort, focus, discipline and fortitude, all of which the Longhorns had Saturday, little of which the Sooners offered back.
“Their attitude and effort was stronger than our attitude and our effort,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, still the best guy to ask when you want to know what really happened.
Maybe OU was ready for the 3-2 Texas team it had watched struggle against not great competition in Switzer Center film rooms.