DALLAS — Each of CeeDee Lamb's three trips to the Cotton Bowl end zone was as important as the last.
The junior receiver posted his first score on OU's opening drive — a one-yard catch on fourth and goal. Had it not been for the first-quarter gamble, a sputtering Sooner offense could've become much more problematic on Saturday.
“We knew these guys were going to fight,” Lamb said. “Texas did a great job over the years to give us competition and I’m happy that they did this year. I’m happy to be on the right side of the win column this time.”
Lamb fueled OU’s 34-27 victory with multiple big plays, including a 51-yard reception that put the Sooners ahead 17-10 and a 27-yard catch to give OU a 10-point advantage early in the final quarter.
Those last two touchdowns didn’t come easy, however, for Lamb.
He skated around four Texas defenders to score the 51-yarder. Although, he says he only saw two Longhorns on the play.
“I just felt like if I could make one miss than why not two?” Lamb said. “I didn’t really know there was four. Coach Riley would’ve killed me if I’d have got tackled.”
On the 27-yard touchdown reception, he broke two tackles and tight-roped the sideline.
“I feel like my balance is a plus for me,” Lamb said, “and I’m going to use it to my advantage and for me to have the opportunity to showcase it.”
When asked if his balance has improved, Lamb said, “I don’t think you can coach balance. I wouldn’t say that. That’s kind of been with me for a minute.”
Lamb does credit his offseason efforts to get stronger and improve his pass-catching ability for his 2019 success. The 6-foot-2 receiver’s mindset seems to be a major factor as well.
“I had confidence in myself that I was gonna make a play,” Lamb said. “When you have confidence nothing else can defeat you.”
That attitude came in handy on a day when OU’s offense turned the ball over three times, kicked two field goals and punted twice.
Lamb simply never lost faith in his talent.
“In my mind, I’m just thinking, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I make the play? Why can’t I be the reason that we just turn it up a notch?’” said Lamb, who had a career-high 10 catches for 171 yards.
“On offense, just get the ball quick and I just want to be a leader for this team.”