DALLAS — After a barreling 9-yard rush along the Texas boundary to end the third quarter, DeMarco Murray popped right up.
But he didn't return with his teammates to the Oklahoma side of the field.
Instead, Murray stood his ground. Stared down the Texas sideline. And nodded his head up and down.
"I was just fired up," Murray said. "That was it. I wasn't saying anything."
He hardly had to. Murray's play spoke for itself.
In the most valuable performance of his four-year career, Murray rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, propelling OU to a 28-20 victory Saturday at the Cotton Bowl to end Texas' stranglehold on the series and keep the Sooners undefeated.
"He's not Steve Owens right now, but he's our bell cow" said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "He's great kid, a great player, but he's matured into a man.
"Landry is the quarterback and the captain, but DeMarco has really been the guy setting the tone, being a leader for us."
The last two years, the Longhorns kept Murray and the Sooner run game corralled. On OU's first possession, Murray made it known that wasn't going to happen again.
"We knew coming into this game, we had to run the ball," said Murray, who had three rushing yards total the previous two Red River games. "Coach Wilson trusted us with the run game. He told us we were going to run the ball and run it well."Box Score: OU, 28 - Texas, 20