Game flow: Highs and lows of Oklahoma's Red River Showdown win over Texas

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

OU's Nik Bonitto tries to tackle Texas' Roschon Johnson during the Red River Showdown, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.


• High point: The Sooner offense looked ineffective for much of the second and third quarter but their lone touchdown in that span was special.

Trick plays haven’t been OU’s strength over the past two weeks, but a flea-flicker pass to CeeDee Lamb worked perfectly.

Despite four defenders around him, Lamb took the reception for a 51-yard score.

The play was especially important, considering it put OU back in the lead one series after Texas tied the game 10-10.

• Low point: Oklahoma was presented with ample opportunities to suck the air out of the Cotton Bowl early in the game but the first blown chance came on the Sooners’ second offensive series.

The Sooners scored on their opening drive, forced a three and out and could’ve easily extended their momentum. It looked that way when Jalen Hurts ran 27 yards for a first down on third-and-five. Texas' Aaron Cook poked the ball loose at the Texas 7-yard line, however, and D'Shawn Jamison was nearby to recover.

OU's defense held up on the ensuing Texas offensive series, giving the offense another opportunity to take a two-possession lead. Hurts threw an interception to Brandon Jones, though, in the end zone.


• High point: Texas produced 100 yards rushing, over half of which came on a 57-yard run from Roschon Johnson during the third quarter.

Johnson sped upfield for the huge gain after Texas converted a crucial third-and-eight from its own 30-yard line. Johnson's run put the Longhorns within four yards of the endzone, which Johnson picked up on the next play to tie the game at 10-10.

Johnson ended the game with a team-high 95 yards rushing on eight carries (11.9 yards per rush).

• Low point: Texas' defense kept OU from building a huge lead in the first half but the Longhorn offense couldn't do much to capitalize.

Texas punted on its first four possessions before finally nailing a 49-yard field goal with time expiring in the second quarter.

The low point for Texas, though, was giving up back-to-back sacks on its fourth offensive possession.

Nik Bonitto brought Sam Ehlinger down for a six-yard loss, which drew an intentional grounding penalty. Pat Fields then tackled Ehlinger for a seven-yard loss to secure a three and out.

OU finished with nine sacks overall to tie a single-game school record.

OU 2019 schedule

Sept. 1 vs. Houston — W 49-31

Sept. 7 vs. South Dakota — W 70-14

Sept. 14 at UCLA — W 48-14

Sept. 28 vs. Texas Tech — W 55-16

Oct. 5 at Kansas — W 45-20

Oct. 12 vs. Texas — W 34-27

Oct. 19 vs. West Virginia

Oct. 26 at Kansas State

Nov. 9 vs. Iowa State

Nov. 16 at Baylor

Nov. 23 vs. TCU

Nov. 30 at Oklahoma State

— Tyler Palmateer

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