Tramel: Sooners aren't who we thought they were

By Berry Tramel Published: October 11, 2008
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photo - Phil Loadholt of OU walks off the field after OU's loss to Texas in the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the Cotton Bowl, in Dallas, Tx. 

BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Phil Loadholt of OU walks off the field after OU's loss to Texas in the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the Cotton Bowl, in Dallas, Tx. BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
DALLAS — A renovated Cotton Bowl. Two top-five teams. The biggest crowd ever to see the Sooners play.

The most points ever scored in OU-Texas.

This was an historic game from which you couldn't avert your eyes.

But the Sooners did on this gorgeous Saturday. Oklahoma blinked.

In a convergence of 20th-century drama and 21st-century offense, fifth-ranked Texas stared down No. 1 Oklahoma in the fourth quarter and won a 45-35 classic.

The better team won.

That's what Okies prayed for in pregame, but turns out the Longhorns were the superior squad.

Don't believe it? What other deduction is possible? Every time OU scored one of its five touchdowns, Texas immediately answered with a score of its own.

The Longhorns won the kicking game, with Jordan Shipley's 96-yard kickoff return another sign that the Sooners are clueless about that Achilles heel.

The Longhorns could run the ball (outgained OU 161-48).

And the Longhorns had a quarterback, Colt McCoy, just as salty as Sooner stud Sam Bradford.

That's a recipe for victory every time.

And when OU had a chance to make this Saturday something special, to stage a fourth-quarter rally that would preserve its spot atop the polls, the Sooners went splat.

After UT took a 38-35 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Sooners withered.

First with an unimaginative three-play drive that ended with a punt, after Bob Stoops decided he'd gambled enough.

A fake punt in the third quarter backfired on OU, leading to a Texas touchdown, but at least that was vintage Stoops. Bold. Aggressive.

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